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"We need to get beyond calling teachers digital immigrants."

Karen Cator, Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education.








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How would you define digital literacy for today's students and for 21st century citizens?

Digital literacy has three parts:
  • the ability to use information well--to find it, consumer it, analyze it, and leverage it to solve a problem.
  • the ability to use media and digital technologies to communicate and collaborate effectively.
  • the development of digital citizenship.

What are the best practices in publishing online? How do you tell a story or communicate your message using different media? How do you organize and collaborate effectively? How do we keep students safe and ensure they behave well and appropriately in an online environment?

Students' voices are amplified when they're online. The ability of people to live and thrive in a globally networked society depends on developing a sense of personal responsibility and applying it online, just like offline.
(Adapted from Cator's comments in Educational Leadership, 21)