20 things educators need to know about digital literacy skills

understand digital literacy.

Spoken text isn’t bad

It doesn’t matter if they use textual language. This shows a complex understanding of language.

A blog and a blog are different

Try not to use the words blog and blogging interchangeably. A blog is the content, and blogging is the act of writing the blog.

Don’t just use slideshows

Some additional resources and tools can be used over PowerPoint. Be sure to let your students use multiple media formats to allow them to have a better understanding of digital literacy.

Stay Away From Google-Friendly Questions

Try to make sure you ask the most complex question that can be answered with a quick Google search.

Don’t rely too much on Cool Tech for your lesson

There are many new tools and programs, but only use them if they improve the lesson plan.

Teaching originality

Make sure students don’t just regurgitate things online. Teaching that originality is a vital tool to have in the world.

Talk about plagiarism

Make sure they understand what plagiarism is in today’s age where copying can be called reusing content.

Quality content is important

Make sure you take the time to teach them about quality content and how to sniff it out.

Critical thinking and skepticism

Two things that may seem like dumb skills to some are skepticism and Critical mind. But they’re still essential, especially in a time when anyone can post content and claim it’s fact. Having an adequate level of skepticism and the ability to use critical thinking could prevent individuals from believing everything they read.

Teach more than one literacy

With the advance of the digital world, there has been an expansion of literacy types. So make sure that when you teach digital literacy, you also incorporate things like meta-literacy and digital citizenship.

Go for deeper results

Going beyond the home page of Google search is essential, and students need to understand this.

Use your tools

Use tools to filter the massive amounts of information available.

Also teach HTML

If you want to upgrade your digital literacy plans, include some HTML coding instructions.

Create digital products

Find a way to incorporate the digital product into your plans. It will help teach digital citizenship and give them a new path for their creativity.

Use multiple resources

Make sure that when you teach digital literacy, you teach them to look at more than one source, not just to find facts, but to get multiple points of view.

Make sure to include WordPress

WordPress is also an essential platform for the student to understand. It can be used to help with writing and voice.


Encourage them when they have a question to ask the person via email or even video conferencing.

Scientific discourse

When diving into scientific papers, they will struggle with technical jargon. So, teaching them about scientific disclosure will help them be more patient with longer format content.

Digital writing course

Academic papers and digital writing are very different. In the new era, digital writing is taking place, so it’s essential to make sure they understand how to create essays of this style.

Empowerment through digital resources

Be sure to let them know that they can use these platforms to empower themselves and help others. Make sure they understand that the impact on people and things can be as big or small as they want, but it needs to be done carefully and digital citizenship in mind.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, 20 things every educator should know about digital literacy skills. We hope this has helped you.

Dwight E. Schulz