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The Privilege of “Digital Literacy”

We’ve been saying for a long time that the real divide in the future will not be between those who have access to the Internet and those that don’t. Instead it will be those who know how to use that access well compared to those that don’t. This essay by Ryan Holiday in Betabeat makes the case more compellingly than we ever could. He writes:

“I’m wondering if the new digital divide…is not about access but about people who have the time, energy, and skills to develop new media literacy and those who don’t.”

If you really want to understand the complexity of all of this, check out this mind map of Net Smart author Howard Rheingold’s talk to the AECT conference. Literacy ain’t what it used to be.

So, what’s challenging you about your own digital literacy?


  1. Jill Weininger says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my biggest challenge is that seeking info online is like trying to get a sip of water from a firehose! I guess the better word is curating. Curating blogs, posts etc that interest me. Finding them and then making time to read and explore. When I have an hour free, I’d just rather go running or walk my dog rather than dig deep for interesting online content. I am not sure that’s so bad though, which I guess is why I make limited effort to change it.

  2. What’s challenging me is the best way to foster collaboration and share via the Internet for worthy learning and accomplishment. For example, I like the way your newsletter has a chance for others to add comments. How will I continue to use digital tools to foster greater worthy collaboration with my young students both online and offline.

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