Developing Literacy Skills in a Digital World
Literacy in the 21st century is about constructing and validating knowledge. Digital
technologies have enabled the spread of all kinds of information, displacing traditional
formats of usually more carefully curated information such as encyclopaedias and newspapers.
The massive information flow of the digital era demands that readers be able to distinguish
between fact and opinion. Readers must learn strategies to detect biased information
and malicious content like fake news and phishing emails. What the PISA 21st-century
readers report reveals is that students’ access to digital technologies and training
on how to use them greatly vary between countries and students’ socio-economic profiles.
This report explores how 15-year-old students are developing reading skills to navigate
the technology-rich 21st century. It sheds light on potential ways to strengthen students’
capacity to navigate the new world of information. It highlights how countries need
to redouble their efforts to combat emerging digital divides. It also explores what
teachers can do to help students navigate ambiguity and manage complexity.
Published on May 04, 2021
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