If you asked five educators, each from a different state, what their opinion of calculator usage on standardized tests is, there’s a good chance you would get five different answers. Up to this point, each state has individually set guidelines for how and when students are able to use calculators on the tests.
What comes to mind when you hear the word “literacy”? If I had to guess, your answer is probably reading and writing, and I wouldn’t blame you. Literacy is a storied staple of American schooling, beginning with D’nealian Handwriting practice, running through the book report era of middle school, and continuing to the glorious five-paragraph essay experiences of high school.
Those three examples have a common bond: they somehow involve words on paper or some other physical media. But the prevalence of computers, smartphones, and pretty much every other recent technological advance has expanded the definition of literacy.
Nowadays, educators must also be cognizant of promoting digital literacy, putting the proper utilization of digital tools and technology right on par with reading and writing. Continue reading “The Importance of Teaching Digital Literacy to Students”