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Digital Literacy

Education news, analysis, and opinion about students’ ability to use technology to discover, evaluate, and utilize information


What Is Digital Literacy?
For educators, digital literacy means much more than learning to read online. Here's a guide to understanding it.
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Classroom Technology From Our Research Center Most Teens Learn About Climate Change From Social Media. Why Schools Should Care
Teens are getting information on climate change from YouTube and Facebook, underscoring the need to teach media literacy in schools.
Arianna Prothero, January 30, 2023
9 min read
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Classroom Technology New York City Blocks ChatGPT at Schools. Should Other Districts Follow?
Banning the AI-powered writing technology does students a disservice, some experts say.
Alyson Klein, January 4, 2023
4 min read
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Curriculum Media Literacy in Schools: 7 Ways the Subject Has Evolved
A handy guide about media literacy to get up to speed on the topic.
Arianna Prothero, December 28, 2022
3 min read
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Classroom Technology 3 Tips for Teaching Online Responsibility to Young Kids
Children as young as 4 or 5 can begin building lifelong habits when it comes to limiting screen time and being safe online.
Alyson Klein, September 9, 2022
3 min read
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Social Studies Opinion Building Empathy With Students Isn't Just One More Thing to Do
Educators have a moral obligation to confront white supremacy in our classrooms, writes a high school history teacher.
Chris Dier, June 8, 2022
5 min read
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Reading & Literacy Opinion No, Fewer Books, Less Writing Won't Add Up to Media Literacy
NCTE’s call to “decenter” print media in favor of digital media has some troubling implications, argues Mike Schmoker.
Mike Schmoker, June 3, 2022
4 min read
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Classroom Technology Case Study: The Hard Transition to 1-to-1 Computing Continues
Eighty-five percent of educators said their districts now have a device for each individual student at all grade levels.
Alyson Klein, May 17, 2022
6 min read
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Teacher Preparation English Teachers Must Be Anti-Racist, National Group Says
The long-awaited standards from the National Council of Teachers of English emphasize teacher training in anti-racism and digital media.
Madeline Will, November 10, 2021
5 min read
Privacy & Security Spotlight Spotlight on Cybersecurity
This Spotlight will empower educators to begin identifying the next generation of tech leaders, and more.
November 5, 2021
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Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Data Literacy
Quiz Yourself: How much do you know about data literacy?
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School & District Management Webinar
Making Digital Literacy a Priority: An Administrator’s Perspective
Join us as we delve into the efforts of our panelists and their initiatives to make digital skills a “must have” for their district. We’ll discuss with district leadership how they have kept digital literacy
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Classroom Technology Opinion The Stanford Scholar Bent on Helping Digital Readers Spot Fake News
Rick Hess speaks with Sam Wineburg about fake news, digital learning, and how to help children navigate online content.
Rick Hess, April 8, 2021
7 min read
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Digital Literacy Strategies to Promote Equity
Our new world has only increased our students’ dependence on technology. This makes digital literacy no longer a “nice to have” but a “need to have.” How do we ensure that every student can navigate
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Classroom Technology Opinion Digital Citizenship Is About a Whole Lot More Than Online Etiquette
It’s time to abandon our focus on technology etiquette and turn to online ethics instead, writes Michelle Ciccone.
Michelle Ciccone, August 20, 2020
5 min read