Digital Literacy

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

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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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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
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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
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In Defense of Devices: Developing Tech Fluency for Whole Student Success
This Whitepaper explores the ways in which devices put a diversity of options at students’ fingertips, allowing them to take what they le...
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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
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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
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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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Making Digital Literacy a Priority: An Administrator’s Perspective
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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
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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
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Reading & Literacy With New Anti-Plagiarism Tool, Google Enters Familiar Debates About Teaching Writing
Will teachers use the "originality reports" added to Google's popular Classroom platform to target cheaters—or tee up teachable moments about fair use and proper citation?
Benjamin Herold, August 22, 2019
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Classroom Technology From Data Security to Digital Literacy: The 5 Toughest Tasks for One CTO
Rob Dickson, the executive director of information management services for the Omaha Public Schools, outlines his biggest challenges and lessons learned from this school year.
Alyson Klein, June 11, 2019
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From left, sixth graders Maryann Hernandez, Fynn Gullicks, Kylie Duchsherer, and Sa’Rai Ridley work on an anti-bullying video at Horizon Middle School.
From left, sixth graders Maryann Hernandez, Fynn Gullicks, Kylie Duchsherer, and Sa’Rai Ridley work on an anti-bullying video at Horizon Middle School.
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Future of Work Photos What Does Digital Literacy Look Like in North Dakota?
Schools are doing more to incorporate technology and cyber security into their teacher training and student curriculum.
Education Week Photo Staff, April 3, 2019
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