Growing up in an age where the internet was not a part of daily life in school, I would like to think that my teachers presented unbiased views. Today, students get more of their information from the internet. If we are not teaching digital literacy in a way that promotes healthy criticism and skepticism how will students know how to differentiate a biased view from an unbiased one? I think the goal would be for students to learn how to research enough sources to understand all sides of an issue in order to formulate their own opinions. This brings me back to a previous post in which I discussed the responsibility of schools to teach digital literacy. Etiquette is important, but so is being able to differentiate between a reliable source and an unreliable one. It makes me wonder how many students simply get most of their information from Wikipedia and take it as fact. If part of our job is to produce informed citizens, how can we do that without teaching digital literacy?
A student may stumble upon this blog and take my opinions as fact. They might think that everything I write here is a shared view with the rest of the world. Not only is this far from true, but it is a scary thought. What authority do I have to tell someone what "digital literacy" means and should be? I think the goal should be for students to read even a blog post with a healthy dose of skepticism.