Digital literacy is about more than just adding technology into the teaching we already do. The following common teaching practices that we have seen in classrooms as researchers and as parents of school-age children do not help develop digital literacy and may even kill students’ motivation to develop their savvy use of technology and the Internet. We must stop these practices. Immediately.
It is curious that with the advent of new technology, we seem to be inclined to take backwards steps in learning and teaching; we know that using language for communication is a worthwhile way to learn, but then we regress to using teacher-initiated questions and individual responses when we start using a blog, for example. This article highlights several of these trends, and being aware of these is extremely helpful in being able to avoid them!
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