A 2009 report from the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy lists 15 points needed to meet people’s personal and civic information needs.

The report, “Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age,” states “America needs ‘informed communities’ ” to carry out America’s democratic values of openness, inclusion, participation, empowerment and the common pursuit of truth and the public interest.

Part of that list also can be important to schools carrying out a two-fold task: building informed communities for the digital age and training students to be active and effective citizens in digital media use.