Trading a Tweet for Your GPA

Nelly Elzayat on Using Digital Literacy to Enhance Adolescent Literacy. She points out that middle and high school students use a range of digital media but in classrooms there is still a lot of print based communication and face-to-face teaching.  She notes an example where a teacher asked their students to summarize a Shakespeare passage using SMS; and highlights examples of UNESCO’s work in Pakistan with girls being able to become more literate using mobile phones.

Digital literacy plays an important role in adolescents’ lives and will continue to play a role in their future careers. If preparing students for professional life is among the goals of middle and high schools, then digital literacy will have to be incorporated in adolescent literacy school curricula

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