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.
Classroom Technology K-12 Essentials Forum How to Teach Digital & Media Literacy in the Age of AI
Join this free event to dig into crucial questions about how to help students build a foundation of digital literacy.
September 19, 2024
Classroom Technology Spotlight Spotlight on Academic Integrity & AI
This Spotlight will help you examine how teachers are combatting AI cheating, discover how to structure lessons in AI literacy, and more.
July 18, 2024
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Student Well-Being Pause Before You Post: A Social Media Guide for Educators in Tense Political Times
5 tips for educators and their students to avoid making harmful or false statements online that they later regret.
Arianna Prothero, July 17, 2024
6 min read
Image of someone reading news on their phone.
Teaching How to Help Students Judge Fact From Fiction Around the Assassination Attempt on Trump
Conspiracy theories are almost certain to emerge on social media after a major news event, experts say.
Alyson Klein, July 16, 2024
5 min read
Classroom Technology Don't Make This Mistake When It Comes to Teaching AI Literacy
Teachers can provide the lessons without AI-powered tools.
Alyson Klein, April 16, 2024
2 min read
As part of a SEL lesson, 6th grade students at Swope Middle School in Reno, Nev., practice online safety measures.
As part of a social-emotional-learning lesson, 6th graders practice online safety measures at Swope Middle School in Reno, Nev., on March 19, 2024.
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Student Well-Being From Our Research Center Social Media Is Hurting Social-Emotional Skills. How 4 School Districts Are Fighting Back
A majority of educators believe social media negatively impacts students’ social-emotional skills, an EdWeek Research Center survey found.
Lauraine Langreo, March 25, 2024
7 min read
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Classroom Technology From Our Research Center Kids Turn to TikTok for Mental Health Diagnoses. What Should Schools Know?
Nearly two-thirds of educators say students “sometimes” or “frequently” use social media to diagnose their own mental health conditions.
Alyson Klein, March 25, 2024
8 min read
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Classroom Technology What Kids Say They Need to Understand How AI Works
A National 4-H Council survey explores kids’ knowledge and use of artificial intelligence.
Lauraine Langreo, March 7, 2024
4 min read
A group of researchers studies elements impacted by artificial intelligence
Kathleen Fu for Education Week
Classroom Technology 8 Tips for Schools to Avoid Chaos in the Age of AI
Most district leaders are in the beginning stages of figuring out how to integrate AI into K-12 education.
Lauraine Langreo, February 19, 2024
6 min read
Elementary, Middle, and High-school age children interact with a giant artificial intelligence brain.
Kathleen Fu for Education Week
Classroom Technology What Is Age-Appropriate Use of AI? 4 Developmental Stages to Know About
Child development experts and teachers offer advice on when K-12 students should start using AI-powered tech and for what purposes.
Arianna Prothero, February 19, 2024
11 min read
Custom illustration by Taylor Callery showing a glitchy rendition of Taylor Swift split with a collage of pixelated non recognizable images which show the idea of a "deep fake' version of Taylor Swift while a young female is shown in the background holding a phone and looking over her shoulder at T Swift in the background. T Swift is breaking apart with subtle use of pixels.
Taylor Callery for Education Week (Image of Taylor Swift: AP)
Classroom Technology How Taylor Swift's Experience With 'Deepfakes' Can Help Students Examine AI Ethics
Teachers shouldn't wait until the next big news event to teach students about deepfakes, experts say.
Alyson Klein & Lauraine Langreo, January 30, 2024
6 min read
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Classroom Technology Bipartisan Bill in Congress Seeks to Help Schools Teach AI Literacy
The technology is increasingly critical to many fields, but too few Americans comprehend its power and potential pitfalls, lawmakers say.
Alyson Klein, December 21, 2023
2 min read
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Privacy & Security Q&A AI Is Making Data Literacy a 'Survival Skill' That Schools Must Teach, Experts Argue
A new survey found that more than two-thirds of U.S. adults don't understand how their data is being used.
Lauraine Langreo, November 16, 2023
4 min read