Technologically literacy is much more than just knowledge about computers and their applications.

Technologically literate persons are capable problem solvers who consider technological issues from different points of view and in relationship to a variety of contexts. They acknowledge that the solution to one problem often creates other issues and problems. They also understand that solutions often involve trade-offs, which necessitate accepting less of one quality in order to gain more of another. They appreciate the interrelationships between technology and individuals, society, and the environment.

Technologically literate persons understand that technology involves systems, which are groups of interrelated components designed to collectively achieve a desired goal or goals. No single component or device can be considered without understanding its relationships to all other components, devices and processes in the system. Those who are technologically literate have the ability to use concepts from science, math, social studies and the humanities as tools for understanding and managing technological systems. Therefore, technologically literate people use a strong system-oriented approach to thinking about and solving technological problems.

Technologically literate persons can identify appropriate solutions, and assess and forecast the results of implementing the chosen solution. As managers of technology, they consider the impacts of each alternative, and determine which is the most appropriate course of action for the situation

Technologically literate persons understand the major technological concepts behind the current issues. They also are skilled in the safe use of the technological processes that are lifelong prerequisites for their careers, health and enjoyment.

Technologically literate persons incorporate various characteristics from engineers, artists, designers, craftspersons, technicians, mechanics, and sociologists that are interwoven and act synergistically. These characteristics involve system-oriented thinking, the creative process, the aspect of producing, and the consideration of impacts and consequences.

Technologically literate persons understand and appreciate the importance of fundamental technological developments. They have the ability to use decision-making tools in their lives and work. Most importantly, they understand that technology is the result of combining ingenuity and resources to meet human needs and wants.