Investing in Digital Literacy through Social Media
Entertainer Cee-Lo Green's cat, Purrfect, has become a mouthpiece for NBC's The Voice, a singing competion which this past Tuesday crowned its second winner. With 63,000 followers on Twitter, this feline certainly has a voice of its own - one that meows to promote the television show that led it to fame.
If a cat can do it, we all can.
But to what end?
The insertion of social media in education has the potential to advance core aims of our society: to teach students how to engage with their families, neighbors, and communities in a new way.
The combination of social media and education requires that we teach students how to become literate in a digital world. The skills of literacy are no longer just about reading and writing, but about abilities that surround our responsibilities as authors.