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Digital Literacy

A Lesson in Digital Learning from Minecraft

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 09.24.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 09.04.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Digital Equality: A Key Economic Opportunity and Civil Rights Issue for the 21st Century

Marc H. Morial | Posted 11.17.2013 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

Having affordable and accessible broadband is no longer a privilege -- it has become an unequivocal need for all Americans. As such, it should be considered one of the key economic opportunity and civil rights issues for the 21st century.

What is America's Broadband Agenda?

Christina Gagnier | Posted 11.11.2013 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

The desire for broadband Internet to be available to everyone wanting it is a noble and worthwhile goal, but in order to be successful it requires a set of interconnected strategies.

Empowering America's Rising Workforce--Latina Girls--in Computing and Innovation

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 10.11.2013 | Impact
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

It recently came to my attention, that throughout the nation, young men and women who are Latino are, unfortunately, caught on the wrong side of the digital divide.

Bridging the Digital Divide

Jim Gibbons | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

In a job seekers' world that is heavily reliant on the Internet, a lack of digital access means a job seeker must jump through extra hurdles to access up-to-date job listings, career development information, free online classes and other content that can help them find jobs and advance their careers.

Building and Spreading Knowledge That Matters: Is Computing a Two-Edged Sword, or a Possible Solution?

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

The new literacy is digital literacy, and at its heart is coding -- computer programming and computational design.

Focus On What Is Working

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

I strongly believe that at the heart of many required skills for these and other 21st century jobs is digital literacy, digital design, computational problem solving, and coding.

Digital Literacy Beyond Social Networking

David Honig | Posted 09.09.2012 | Technology
David Honig

Despite an otherwise stagnant job market, high tech employment is on the rise. But minorities who lack technological skills and experience will not be able to compete for these types of jobs.

What Would Carlos Slim Do?

Ben Hecht | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education
Ben Hecht

Technology is not a panacea, only a means to an end. Increasing access to broadband and the Internet are an important first step, but we also need to find better ways of applying this technology to accelerate progress and prosperity for all.