Educators need to embrace the creative and collaborative aspects of digital literacy. So much great learning happens through the creative and collaborative processes. Bridget Burns, Michael Crow, and Mark Becker noted the benefits of collaboration in their article “Innovating Together: Collaboration as a Driving Force to Improve Student Success” (March 2, 2015). They state that collaboration spurs innovation because bringing together groups of people who have different ideas, approaches, experiences, and areas of expertise creates a fertile environment for generating new concepts and methods. Sharing insights allows ideas to be refined and improved. Charging a group with developing a promising idea incentivizes the group—not just a single individual—to commit to its success and paves the way for trusted collaboration.
Literacy in the 21st century means more than just having the ability to read and write.