Communication and Information Technology Literacy K-12 Overview

In the working guide Journey On: Working Toward Communication and Information Technology Literacy, media-related outcomes are integrated throughout the curriculum.

According to this document:

Technological Literacy encompasses technological competence but refers to a higher level of understanding of technology. Individuals literate in the area of CIT think critically about information gained through the use of technology, the application of specific technologies, and the impact of technology on individuals and society when formulating decisions, opinions and courses of action.

The curriculum is comprised of cumulative, key-stage outcomes for the integration of information technologies within the public school program. Stages of the journey towards technological literacy are measured at the primary, junior, intermediate, and senior high levels.

Seven outcomes have been identified for literacy in Communication and Information Technologies:


Students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the use of communication and information technology and the impact that this area of technology has upon society
  • demonstrate a knowledge of safety procedures and ergonomics when using technology

CIT Skills

Students will:

  • access, evaluate, and select information using technology
  • record, organize, manipulate, and analyze data electronically
  • use a variety of technologies to create new information in the form of written text and other ways of representing
  • use technology to communicate information appropriately
  • perform tasks associated with computer operating systems, including identifying and solving common problems associate with technology

To obtain specific, media-related outcomes within the Information Communication Technology curriculum, as well as supporting resources for individual grade levels, see the left menu. (Note: as many of our lessons can be adapted to suit different grade levels, specific lessons may be listed for more than one grade. Teachers should also note that individual lessons often satisfy a number of learning outcomes.)