Students would describe themselves as digitally or media literate, yet in the strictest sense of the definition they are not. Studies on digital literacy reveal that students are early adopters of technology but fail to fully utilize the technology in an operative sense (Young). Students need to be guided by the teacher to meta-literacy, in that they need to be literate about what media literacy is. The number of literacies that must be addressed during a student’s formative education are daunting: literacy, numerical literacy (numeracy), financial literacy and digital/media literacy are but some of the crucial concerns in the 21st century classroom. Each literacy is expected to be addressed across the curriculum, as increasingly no single literacy is expected to be solely under the purview of any single content area. Consequently, the teacher’s first responsibility to the student is to discern the differences and similarities between these literacies, in order to enable them to guide their students through the acquisition of the 21st century learning skills that our society demands.
Young, Nora. “The Myth of the Digital Native.” Spark. CBC, 11 Sep. 2011. Web. 16 Jan. 2013. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Spark/ID/2250930068/?page=28
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