It’s well understood that we now live in a digital world. Around 70% of American adults today own a smartphone, and over 50% get their news from social media sites. As technology continues to replace traditional ways we work, play, and learn—it’s becoming essential to teach digital literacy in the classroom.
Just what constitutes digital literacy, however, can be difficult to define and equally difficult to teach. While the term “digital literacy” generally refers to the use of technology to communicate and understand information, it’s become much more than that. An incredibly large and diverse set of skills is needed to effectively and safely use digital communication tools, networks, and digital technology.
Here is a basic checklist to consider when planning a digital literacy curriculum.