digital literacy the tree octopus

THE TREE OCTOPUS: Annie Murphy Paul, author of Origins, argues in TIME why digital literacy will never replace the traditional kind. Citing a 2005 study where a group of seventh graders accepted, without doubt, the existence of the "Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus" based on a phony website, Annie questions whether digital fluency--the ability to Google or Wiki anything at will--is doing young kids a disservice by focusing on information delivery and access instead of content.

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