Digital Literacy & Equity

2022 Students and Technology Report: Rebalancing the Student Experience | EDUCAUSE

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Digital Skill Standards for Learning and Working

Over the past twenty years, a number of organizations have developed standards for digital learning, living, and working. Some of these standards are described below with links to sponsoring organizations and specific standards. These are helpful in crafting policies for digital equity and literacy.


  • ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
    International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a passionate community of global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education.STE inspires the creation of solutions and connections that improve opportunities for all learners by delivering: practical guidance, evidence-based professional learning, virtual networks, thought-provoking events and the ISTE Standards.






My list of the tech skills seniors most want or need:

  1. Thinking about technology (look at things from a different perspective– above and at a slant)
  2. Feeling when things don’t work (mistakes are good- progress = knowing what did NOT work)
  3. Managing passwords (how to avoid frustration)
  4. Using smart phones- contract, type, service
  5. Smart phone- basics of email- sending, receiving, storing, searching
  6. Smart phone-photos- taking
  7. Smart phone-photos-storing and finding
  8. Smart phone-photos- sharing
  9. Smart phone–texts – individual and group
  10. Using social media- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tiktok
  11. Using a computer – parts of computer – mouse, trackpad, screen, camera, keyboard, USB port, power, display set up
  12. Internet browsing, searching, shopping, sharing
  13. Using applications- which to use, how to open, how to use
  14. Creating and saving documents
  15. Using spreadsheets
  16. Organizing- files, folders, desktop
  17. Using your computer network- printer, Internet server, tv
  18. Security-malware, file and online security

Not All Virtual Learning Is Created Equal – Erik Anderson

Rapid paradigm shifts can introduce issues for any sector, but they’re particularly challenging in the field of education. School districts across the country are attempting to answer the call of remote digital learning at an unprecedented speed and scale, but they are facing huge inequalities in students’ access to technology and the imbalance in resources needed for digitally-enabled student-citizens.

Those who have been able to adapt swiftly to the current environment were largely those schools and districts in highly connected, digitally-enabled communities. Where student households had ample access to high-speed internet and technology devices, budgets could be directed to building a robust digital infrastructure of well-trained teachers, well-tested software, learning management systems and IT support capabilities. Consequently, they were well positioned for the swift disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the other hand, Title 1 schools – named for the provisions for serving immigrant and lower-income students in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, and predominantly rural schools  – are attempting to serve a student populace mostly without ample access to online learning technology at home. Unfortunately, they are struggling because they lack the foundation of that same digital infrastructure.

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Info graphic on the current digital learning challenges.