11 Digital Literacy Myths, Debunked
What Digital Literacy Means and Why It Matters
- Functional skills
- Critical thinking and evaluation
- Cultural and social understanding
- Ability to find and select information
- Effective communication
- Internet safety
11 Common Myths About Digital Literacy
- Digitally literate teachers know everything
- All digital tools are created equal
- Teaching digital literacy interrupts traditional teaching
- Digital literacy is a separate skill
- Digital literacy is only about functionality
- Digital natives are inherently digitally literate
- Technology turns students into zombies
- Handing over technology is all that matters
- You have to be a digital expert to teach digital skills
- Teachers don’t have time for technology
- Cell phones in class equal chaos
Myth 1: Digitally literate teachers know everything about all technology.
Myth 2: All technology is great.
Myth 3: Digital literacy gets in the way of traditional teaching methods.
Myth 4: Digital literacy should be taught as a separate skill.
Myth 5: Digital literacy is just about functionality.
- Find high-quality sources with varying perspectives
- Evaluate sources
- Understand how cultural contexts affect every person’s literacy
- Stay safe online
- Think critically
- Collaborate cross-culturally
- Be creative with the tools at hand or conclusions drawn