Transforming schools and the learning that happens there is not simply about what happens in between the four walls of the school building. It is also about what happens in the larger social ecology that kids navigate and the extent to which other nodes in their network support learning across multiple sites, both formally and informally.
But beyond this basic literacy is the need to support a vision that defines digital literacy as a life skill that is connected to the everyday lives and situations of students and their families and communities. Call it ‘design literacy,’ that is, the capacity to engage in higher-order thinking, critical thinking, and real-world problem solving. Whereas ‘tools literacy’ is foundational, ‘design literacy’ is transformational.
I encourage you to take a few minutes to read one of the most interesting and exciting blog posts I’ve come across in 2011, “Conectar Igualdad: Argentina’s Bold Move to Build an Equitable Digital Future”, by S. Craig Watkins at DML Central. Watkins explores the three major challenges all nations face in building a “more equitable digital future”—a must read for any educator.