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Even Digital Natives Need to Learn Digital Literacy – Podcast Episode 228 | Classnotes Podcast 228

Munirih Santiago Jester photoChristina Quintanilla-MuñozClassnotes Podcast (September 26, 2022). Digital literacy is a critical skill for engaging in our world today. It is much broader than knowing how to operate a computer or navigate a website. Christina Quintanilla-Muñoz, M.Ed., talks with Munirih Santiago Jester of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance about what it means to be a digital inclusive society that fosters innovation. Munirih cautions use of the term “digital native” for describing young people today can lead to the belief that we don’t need to teach them anything about using technology appropriately or being good digital citizens.

Christina Quintanilla-Muñoz, M.Ed., is IDRA’s research analyst and a former IDRA education policy fellow. Munirih Santiago Jester is programs manager for the National Digital Inclusion Alliance.

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Show length: 15:57 min.


Digital Inclusion 101, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

State Digital Equity Scorecard, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Solving the Digital Divide Requires Authentic Family Engagement, by Thomas Marshall, IDRA Newsletter, April 2021

Plugged in, Tuned Out – A First Examination of Student Engagement Patterns in Texas Public Schools During COVID-19, by Christina Quintanilla-Muñoz, M.Ed.

How States Are Expanding Broadband Access, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Worst Connected Cities 2017. American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table B28002, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Digital Destination – Texas Needs Broadband Connectivity for All Students & Families, by Thomas Marshall III & Christina Quintanilla-Muñoz, M.Ed. (Ver versión en español)

Texas Needs an Equitable State Broadband Plan to Serve Students and Families, by Thomas Marshall, IDRA Newsletter, February 2021

Student Data Tracking – Taking a Closer Look at Privacy, by Mark Barnett, IDRA Newsletter

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Show Notes

  • Munirih talks about her new role with the National Digital Inclusion Alliance.

  • Munirih discusses digital literacy, and the role it can play in solving the equity issues of the digital divide across Texas.

  • Munirih explains why she doesn’t like the phrase “digital native.”

  • Munirih considers what a digitally inclusive society should look like.

  • Christina asks Munirih for policy recommendations to help close the digital divide.