96 percent of Americans use the internet daily, and 62 percent of working Americans rely on the internet to do their jobs. We live in an internet age – an age that requires specific skills. Digital literacy skills have become essential to academic, career and interpersonal success.
Digital literacy is defined as the ability to find, evaluate, share and create content using the internet — but it's much more than that. Digital literacy skills (also referred to as "21st century learning skills") have permeated the classroom, becoming requirements for both teachers and students.
To address this need, we worked with education expert Leah Anne Levy to create USC Rossier's Toolkit for Digitally Literate Teachers. This toolkit provides teachers and school administrators with how-to guides, actionable strategies and real-life examples of the benefits of digital literacy in the classroom.
Do you have what it takes to be a digitally literate teacher? Check these 14 required skills — and a few more for extra credit.
Teachers are using digital tools in inspiring ways — whether they're tackling digital problems directly or employing students with skills to unlock their creativity. How have you used digital tools in your school? Share your examples on social with the hashtag #WhyDigLit