Literacy in a Digital Age

In today’s world, expectations for literacy include the use of digital and online media to communicate and to produce, find, and evaluate information to meet educational and work demands. Strong reading and writing skills underpin valued aspects of digital literacy in many key areas of work and daily life, such as:

• presenting ideas, including organizing a compelling argument, using multiple media, and integrating media with text;

• using online resources to search for information, evaluate the quality of that information, and organize information from several sources; and

• using basic office software to generate texts and multimedia documents, including writing documents, taking notes, and preparing displays to support oral presentations.


Researchers are only beginning to identify the literacy skills related to technology use and to study the kinds of instruction that can develop them for learners of all ages. Until more is known about those skills, however, using technologies for literacy study can offer practical benefits to learners who will need to use digital tools in education settings and for their jobs.

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