The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected

Nellie Bowles in The NY Times. All annotations in context. It wasn’t long ago that the worry was that rich students would have access to the internet earlier, gaining tech skills and creating a digital divide. Schools ask students to do homework online, while only about two-thirds of people in the U.S. have broadband internet service. But now, as…

What Is Digital Literacy?

This post is from 2016, a lifetime in Internet years. How much of this thinking has changed? While the word "literacy" alone generally refers to reading and writing skills, when you tack on the word "digital" before it, the term encompasses much, much more. Sure, reading and writing are still very much at the heart…

You think you want media literacy…do you?

This past week danah boyd presented the keynote at SXSW EDU 2018. The talk is quite nuanced, and I recommend taking the time to read it. boyd talks about how critical thinking and media literacy efforts are backfiring. She surveys some media literacy programs and sees a simplistic set of assumptions about the way media could and should…