Authentic integration of Digital Literacy in education: development of a new curriculum and assessment tool
Abstract: The Netherlands started the development of a new curriculum framework for primary and secondary education in 2018. One of the new themes in this curriculum is Digital Literacy, which is defined as a combination of ICT skills, media literacy, information literacy and computational thinking. Together with the other subjects (Dutch, Arithmetic/mathematics, English/modern foreign languages, Citizenship, Exercise & Sport, Art & Culture, Human & Nature, Human & Society) Digital Literacy will be part of the new curriculum. A teacher design team developed a vision and elaborated this into eight themes. Based on these themes learning trajectories were designed. These learning trajectories describe what students should learn in primary and secondary education. For effective instruction that is focused on the improvement of students’ digital literacy skills, measuring or mapping of these skills is necessary. Therefore this paper describes both the re-design of the new Dutch national curriculum for digital literacy, and the development of an authentic assessment instrument that can give insight into students’ digital literacy skills through the application of these skills in authentic tasks.