Literacy in a Digital World: How Technology is Transforming Lives

As the internet transforms our lives and the way we interact with media, those who are unable to access technology can be left out of important conversations. Data from the International Telecommunications Union shows that computer and internet usage amongst youth varies radically around the world and unsurprisingly, lower income nations tend to see much lower rates of access. When at least a trillion dollars of our global economy relies on the internet, this lack of equal access means a lack of equal participation in the world.

How Digital Literacy Can Combat Fake News in Your Classroom

The term “fake news” has been thrown around more and more in the past year or so – both in academic circles and in popular publications. Adults aren’t the only ones having trouble separating fact from fiction; a recent Stanford study showed that students in almost every grade are unable to distinguish fake news from the real thing.

Banned Books in a Time of Limited Sex Ed

Every year during the last week of September, the American Library Association celebrates Banned Books Week, encouraging people to read works of literature that have been challenged throughout history by censors who considered them profane, inappropriate, or radical. The ALA defines a “challenge” as an attempt to remove a book from libraries or school curricula; a “ban” is when that book is successfully removed, preventing individuals in that community from easily accessing and reading it.

Gifts that Keep on Giving

In this season of goodwill, there is no better gift than helping a child get a great start in life with an education. An education opens a world of opportunities to end cycles of poverty and improve public health. This is really the gift that keeps on giving because an educated society is economically productive, healthier and more civic-minded. Fortunately, there are some excellent organizations, both in the U.S. and abroad, that would put your holiday donation to good use. Here are a few to consider.


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