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Methods for Teaching Digital Literacy Skills

Digital literacy skills relate to the use of digital technology tools in activities that locate, create, communicate, and evaluate information within a networked (online) environment, mediated by digital computing technologies. Digital information is a symbolic representation of data in media whereas digital literacy, in this context, is the ability to create, share, understand, and think critically about the messages conveyed using the signs and symbols that have been defined within the media system.

An interesting transposition in digital technology usage in and out of the classroom has occurred during the past 25 years, corresponding to the growth of the World Wide Web. During the 1980s and 1990s, learners typically encountered these educational technologies first in the classroom given their limited availability and high cost. This is ...

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