Digital Literacy Charter School in San Diego

Modern society runs on the internet, which presents opportunities for those trained in using online tools but also poses risks for those who are not adequately prepared to analyze digital information. For that reason, digital literacy is one of the most important skills to develop in young students.

What is digital literacy, and why is it part of the Old Town Academy’s curriculum?

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What is Digital Literacy?

Digital literacy is a student’s ability to find, comprehend, and communicate information using digital technology.

Digital literacy covers the following skills:

  • Technical Skills: Students learn the basic technical skills needed to use electronic devices and software. Students should learn how to use word processing software and create digital presentations.
  • Media Literacy: Students are given a foundation for understanding and critically analyzing various types of digital media.
  • Independent Research: Students learn to do online research using search engines, online databases, and other resources. They know how to assess the accuracy and potential bias of information they find online so they can make informed decisions.
  • Digital Conduct: Students learn about ethical online behavior, including digital etiquette and understanding the consequences and risks of activities online.
  • Digital Communication: Students learn how to use digital communication channels to communicate meaningfully and effectively.

Why is Digital Literacy Important?

The internet has dramatically reshaped our world, changing the way we work, socialize, and communicate. To prepare students to successfully navigate this new world that’s increasingly functioning online, it’s important to develop their digital literacy from a young age so they can more effectively use it to succeed academically and also in their personal lives.

A key challenge in today’s environment is that the internet has become saturated with inaccurate information and misinformation. Strong digital literacy, combined with excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills, is essential in giving students the tools needed to make informed decisions.


What Technology Does OTA Provide?

Old Town Academy teaches students by using devices such as:

  • Desktop computers
  • iPads
  • Chromebooks
  • Mobile devices
  • Laptops


“Old Town Academy’s focus on digital literacy has been incredibly beneficial for my child. The integration of technology in the classroom has equipped my child with essential skills needed for the future. The school's commitment to using modern tools and teaching digital literacy ensures that students are prepared to navigate an increasingly digital world.” - Parent
“I really enjoy the digital literacy classes at Old Town Academy. We get to use different devices like iPads and laptops and learn how to use them properly. It’s fun, and I feel like I’m getting ready for the future by learning these important skills now.” - Student

Learn More About OTA Admissions

We are taking lottery applications for the 2024-2025 School Year - Sign Up for Consideration Now.