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Digital Literacy and Critical Thinking

Just as reading and writing text were critical literacies for participation in the world of work and citizenship in the 20th century, digital literacy and critical thinking are necessary to take full advantage of today’s information age opportunities. While rapid generation of and access to information via the Internet empower people to be well informed, make wise decisions, and draw well-founded conclusions based upon available facts, they also make people vulnerable to thinking shallowly, making hasty decisions, and drawing conclusions before attaining sufficient evidence.

Many information seekers are overwhelmed or anxious regarding the quantity of unfiltered and disorganized digital information. Emotions associated with information overload can cloud a user’s judgment in determining relevance or validity of sources. Also, the calm, focused, undistracted, and reasoned approach ...

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