Digital Literacy

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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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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
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
4 min read
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
7 min read
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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Reading & Literacy Video Experience Education Week’s Summit on “Literacy for the Workplace”
Assistant Managing Editor Debra Viadero talks about the gap between expectations and reality when it comes to the kinds of literacy skills students need for an ever-changing workplace and invites educators to take part in the “Literacy for the Workplace” summit on Tuesday, February 19, at 1 p.m. In this online event, Education Week journalists and guests will staff online “discussion rooms” on a host of topics, including: how speaking skills are rising in prominence; the need for digital literacy; and writing skills that go beyond the five-paragraph essay. You will get a unique opportunity to interact directly with the writers and experts who helped shape coverage of our new special report on workplace literacy. After the discussions, watch writers and editors sum up the discussions in a series of livestreamed interviews.
March 25, 2019
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Curriculum FUNecole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy
FUNecole, an online learning platform and curriculum from a European-based company, combines social-emotional learning with computer science. It's used in multiple European countries, and might be coming to U.S. schools.
Lauraine Genota, November 9, 2018
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Special Report Literacy for the Workplace
The modern workplace is evolving and employers say that students need different kinds of literacy skills in order to thrive in it. Will English classes change in response?
September 26, 2018
Bobbie Wells wipes down a bedside tray in a hospital room in the Christiana Care Health System. Wells and her co-workers use a high-tech, ultraviolet-light cleaning system, which is digitally operated and requires extensive training.
Bobbie Wells wipes down a bedside tray in a hospital room in the Christiana Care Health System. Wells and her co-workers use a high-tech, ultraviolet-light cleaning system, which is digitally operated and requires extensive training.
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College & Workforce Readiness Jobs at All Levels Now Require Digital Literacy. Here's Proof.
Education Week visited Delaware's largest employer for a closer look at how digitization is changing the workplace.
Benjamin Herold, September 25, 2018
8 min read
Classroom Technology Facebook, National Urban League to Partner on Digital-Skills Training
The social media giant, which is facing withering scrutiny over its data-collection practices, has announced a partnership with the National Urban League.
Lauraine Genota, August 3, 2018
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Curriculum Facebook Pushes Digital Literacy With New Lesson Library for Teachers
Digital literacy experts question why the materials don't touch on issues Facebook is uniquely positioned to speak to—like the use of algorithms and the implications of targeted advertising.
Sarah Schwartz, August 2, 2018
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