Digital Artefacts

The following has been taken from the NAACE ICT Framework

  • From the Latin phrase arte factum, from ars skill + facere to make
  • From the Oxford English dictionary, the definition of an artefact is an object made by a human being, typically one of cultural or historical interest. Another definition is that it is observed in scientific experiments or investigations, not naturally present but occuring as a result of preparative or investigative procedures.
  • A digital artefact is made by a human being with skill or art. Although digital content is produced using technology tools and applications, it is "made with skill" and may result form preparative or investigative procedures. Learners need to be taught both the knowledge and skills required to create high quality "artefacts" that can compete against the best in the world. Digital artefacts include information prepared or shared in digital forms e.g. photos, videos, digitally prepared text, multimedia, databases, websites, presentations, music, e-books, programs, coding, etc.

WikiEducator - Digital Artefact

Digital Artefacts include:

  • DTP - magazines, leaflets, posters etc.
  • Presentations
  • Databases
  • Spreadsheets
  • Computer Programs
  • Digital Art
  • Digital Animation
  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Video
  • Digital Music / Audio
  • Websites / Wikis / Blogs / Social Networking Profiles
  • Online Timelines / Mindmaps

Digital Artefacts can all be stored either on disk or online - a student's Digital Portfolio should be supported by a paper based Analogue Portfolio.

I think it is vitally important that in the creation of Digital Artefacts analogue techniques are used. Children should be encouraged to sketch designs and make notes using paper and pen. Just because the subject is ICT doesn't mean that paper and pens should be forbidden.