One of the many decisions we make as teachers is how to approach technology in a balanced way. The digital world is our students' world, and tech has the potential to engage and inspire them. But we also want to avoid contributing to digital distraction.

One approach to finding this balance is to thoughtfully integrate tech into the culture of our class. By infusing it into the routines and practices that we and our students regularly engage in, students develop digital fluency: a broad set of skills related to tech use.

Digital fluency goes beyond knowing how to use any particular app...

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About the Author:

Jamie Knowles is senior manager, educator professional learning programs, for Common Sense Education.