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What is Digital Literacy?

on March 26, 2013

Okay…Let’s start with this. Once we define digital literacy, we can discuss the best ways to improve in this area and to understand it more fully and therefore help us to educate our students, right? Wikipedia says it “is the ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and create information using digital technology” or “the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate and create information using a range of digital technologies.”

Soooo, does this just mean being able to use the internet and all of its tools, or does it mean using all different tools, like cell phones, iPads, eReaders, etc.?


2 responses to “What is Digital Literacy?

  1. jamievanharen says:

    I believe digital literacy should encompass all things that connect us to the world and information digitally. We don’t have to cover things like using a phone but maybe how to use a smart phone apps for educational purposes. Essentially, reader apps are more and more like computer programs to me. We teach them how to use a program such as kidspiration so why not also include an app that is meant for a phone or Ipad or such? I like Wikipedia’s definition because it includes using, analyzing and creating. These are big steps in learning as we have learned from Bloom’s taxonomy.

  2. Kristy Bovre says:

    Understanding “digital literacy” is about explaining the building blocks of technology as well as the larger picture in how technologies operate. It’s about enabling students to understand the basic relationships between inventors, tech companies, publishers, regulators and consumers. It’s also about teaching the fundamentals of becoming “digital learners.”

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