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Digital Literacy

The Global Search for Education: The New UN Agenda -- What Is the Role of Education?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.23.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

24 debaters from 11 countries will explore answers to the question in the Education Fast Forward live global debate on September 24. EFF Trustee and Education World Forum Director, Gavin Dykes, will chair the debate.

Solve Literacy, Digital Literacy Will Follow

Brij Kothari | Posted 08.28.2015 | Education
Brij Kothari

September 8 is International Literacy Day. Even though Google's recent restructuring has nothing to do with literacy, it is a curious fact that the parent company that Larry Page and Sergey Brin created, is called, Alphabet. As Larry wrote in his blog, speaking for Sergey and himself:

Use Tech for Academic Success

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 10.06.2015 | Parents
Denise Lisi DeRosa

Summer is sadly coming to a close. It is time to gear up for a new school year. Your kids will need new shoes, clothes, backpacks and tech skills. Part of setting your kids up for success includes guiding them to be good digital citizens.

The Ethics of Social Media Accuracy

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

From clickbait headlines to unfair reviews of products and services, the open nature of social media presents ethical issues. The public should expect accurate online information, yet too often news stories, PR materials and other information are inaccurate.

The Global Search for Education: Digital

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"We live in a world now where anybody can ask any question anywhere and get thousands of answers within seconds, but it is up to the questioner to d...

8 Tech Resolutions Your Kids Want You To Make

Diana Graber | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

Teaching weekly middle school digital literacy classes, aka "Cyber Civics," gives me a unique view into their digital world; a world where they spend more time than they do in school or with their families. I've discovered that they have some strong opinions on resolutions they'd like us to make in 2015.

The New Language Of Online Safety

Diana Graber | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

Teaching kids the resiliency and coping skills that will help keep them safe online is not happening on a wide scale, at least not in American classrooms.

There Is No Such Thing as Free WiFi: Understanding the Business of the Internet

Navarrow Wright | Posted 01.10.2015 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

As someone who has been in the technology space for some time, I've always thought about how ironic the term "free WiFi" is and how we really don't ...

A Lesson in Digital Learning from Minecraft

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 11.22.2014 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

Reflecting upon my son's Minecraft experience, I could see how truly multi-dimensional and integrated his learning network was. As he learned, he developed agency. He could test and apply his learning immediately and in ways that excited him personally.

The Global Search for Education: Learn by Action

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.08.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"No matter the platform, people will always need to know how to understand, analyze and reflect upon larger contexts and systems. That pro-active cre...

Will Your Kids Be Getting These Digital Lessons This Year?

Diana Graber | Posted 11.04.2014 | Education
Diana Graber

Cyber Civics prepares kids for their digital lives by teaching them how to protect their online privacy, manage their digital reputation, prevent and/or respond appropriately to cyberbullying, avoid plagiarism and copyright infringement and so much more

Yagana Shah

Internet Use May Protect Your Brain Against Aging | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.13.2014 | Fifty

Turns out, your smartphone isn't so bad for you after all. In fact, it may help protect your brain against age-related cognitive decline. Brazilian...

Net Neutrality's Brain Drain and Distraction

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 09.21.2014 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

As a national community, we debate and think often about the impact of the Internet on our lives. The issues that emerge in those conversations are tied to real needs - for affordable connectivity, access to laptops and mobile tech for learning and business.

Yik Yak App Makers Do the Right Thing

Diana Graber | Posted 05.26.2014 | Parents
Diana Graber

My 18-year-old daughter, who, like many, downloaded the app after it became an overnight sensation, told me that within 24 hours of the lockdown, kids trying to use the app anywhere on or near the school could not. Curious about this, I contacted Yik Yak and spoke to co-founder Brooks Buffington.

Fighting Illiteracy and Digital Exclusion: Five Proven Solutions

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Literacy is a fundamental human right, one that opens doors to other rights, to empowerment and to integration.

Apparently 11 Percent Of Americans Think HTML Is An STD

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.05.2014 | Technology

Practice safe coding; always wrap your HTML structures wear a condom. If a new survey is to be believed, that confusing line could be a public serv...

Shia Labeouf Needs to Learn Digital Literacy

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Yalda T. Uhls

Shia is growing up in a cut and paste culture. Today, plagiarism is easier than ever, and when most grown-ups, let alone young people, have no idea what terms like "fair use" mean, it seems only natural that a kid might make some mistakes.

Building a Foundation for Literacy

Anita Stewart | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Anita Stewart

The need for a renewed focus on the importance of literacy is real. That's why the IICF and Sesame Workshop felt there was a need for a resource like Every Day is Reading and Writing Day.

A Blueprint for Wheeler's FCC

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

On Thursday, the new Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler will make his first visit to California to speak at a town hall-style event in Oakland. Here are three items Wheeler should consider to help improve digital literacy and high-speed Internet access in California and throughout the United States.

America's Joblessness Crisis

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Christina Gagnier

As many Americans have faced their unemployment insurance benefits being cut over the past few weeks, questions are arising as to why the unemployment numbers seem to be declining, yet polls indicate that Americans remain deeply worried about unemployment.

2014 Goal: Take Hispanic Heritage and Prosperity Online

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Jason A. Llorenz

Digital literacy, online entrepreneurship, and a focus on building opportunities and equity through technology, are the keys to success in the 21st Century for Latinos and America.

The Global Search for Education: Got Tech? - Argentina

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"The distribution of netbooks has at least two major aims. A social aim that is to reduce the digital divide and ensure access to technology for all ...

Online Klout: Digital Gateway or the New, Mysterious Gatekeeper?

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

With each passing year, digital literacy solidifies its position as the currency of success. It's not just the continued decline of American manufacturing jobs, and what we already know about the upward trend toward the future of STEM jobs.

The United States of (Non)Reading: The End of Civilization or a New Era?

Susan D. Blum | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Susan D. Blum

Several years ago a student told me that she regarded all assigned reading as "recommended," even if the professors labeled it "required." Were professors so dumb that they didn't know that?

The Internet: Working Through Government Furlough

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

Closing the gaps in digital literacy and techpreneurship for Latinos, and others who are not fully participating in the Internet, will require more to be done, with less (at least less from government) and smarter leveraging of private sector resources.