Common Core leaves digital-literacy gap

Common Core State Standards and the related ACT Quality Core standards leave a digital-literacy gap, writes Paul Barnwell, a Tennessee teacher.

Adult literacy in 2012 means being able to synthesize information from multiple online sources to write a blog post or substantive email. It means analyzing which online tools will best serve your communications purpose. It means making smart decisions about what information is useful online, and how to curate and filter the endless stream of data coming in. It means reviewing your digital footprint and learning how to take some control over what information you broadcast to the world, from your tweets, profile pictures, and recommended links.

“The language of the common standards is simply not bold or specific enough when it comes to digital-literacy skills,” writes Barnwell.

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