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Blog Post #4

March 11, 2012

Digital Literacy Will Lead us Back to Innovation

I also wonder if the United States did not participate for fear of ranking too low. The Obama administration is in fact addressing the socioeconomic divide that bifurcates digital literacy into educational technology versus technology that is just for entertainment. The student that has a computer at home in tandem with supervision that understands the need to support educational technology is one who naturally approaches learning with the skills necessary to mitigate 21st Century approaches to learning. However, the student who does not have the benefit of educational technology and support in the home is in my experience one who understands technology as nothing more than a diversion. This is where we as educators need to push and equalize with every trick we own. Our teaching needs to be linked to technology as text is the communication modality that our students live the most. Multimedia is what holds our students attention best. We need to return to the days when we were comfortable leading in the realm of technology. How best than to support our students with an education that focuses on digital literacy as a means to achieve the spirit of innovation once enjoyed in America.
 
Second grade teacher from North Carolina
Posted on 2/8/2012 3:43pm

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I wonder why the United States did not participate in this study. Possibly they were afraid about ranking too low? I absolutely agree that socioeconomic status plays a huge part in digital literacy. Fortunately in my classroom most of my students have Internet access and a computer at home. However, I can always tell which students spend time reading and investigating websites and which students spend their time viewing silly videos. The computer and Internet are vital tools that we as educators must use in our classrooms in a productive way, I agree. I feel that some teachers may be a little frightened and reluctant to turn their students loose on the Internet at school without any direction, in order to do research or find an answer to a problem. We have several “safe” websites that children use to conduct searches, like NetTrekker (www.nettrekker.com), as well as access to WorldBook Online(www.worldbookonline.com) and Britannica (www.britannica.com). There is no reason that the United States cannot be a leader on the digital literacy front in the coming years.

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2 comments

  1. Juan,

    What was it that sparked your interested and response? Share your discovery with us.

    Dr. Toledo


    • Dr Toledo,
      My comments on Blog #4 are in response to my students being wizards with their mass storage music devices, smart-phones and of course gaming ability, versus their inability/lack of will to learn how to manage their grades online. Too often, students will have a hard time logging into our system, thus making little to no use of technology supports available online. It is my experience that this is due largely to the familie’s lack of stock or inability to access an internet connection. It is my frustration, however, that students that have no access to internet at home are still carying very expensive smartphones and or ipods that do as much as a computer. Lack of interest is to blame not lack of access.
      Hope this clarifies my post.
      Juan Medina



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