Digital Literacies in the K-12 Classroom
Students need continual guidance in building digital literacy, and teachers need to reflect continually on how best to provide that guidance-and to refine their own skills. Just as basic literacy-reading and writing-must be a part of teaching and learning in every content area, so must digital literacy. This module offers a sound and thorough grounding in digital literacy as it pertains to the classroom-or of digital literacies, as the title of the module says, for there are many ways of thinking about digital literacy.
7 weeks, 1.5 CEUs
Currently scheduled sections
- Begins April 3 — Register Now
Instructional goals and learning objectives
- The learner will understand what digital literacies are and their importance in classrooms.
- The learner will develop a personal definition of digital literacies.
- The learner will identify the real-world benefits of digital literacies.
- The learner will review and critique resources related to digital literacy in the classroom to discover the benefits of including digital literacies in the classroom.
- The learner will create challenging learning experiences to empower and enable teaching and learning using appropriate digital tools, resources, and media.
- The learner will recognize the connections between digital literacies and standards, including Common Core, NC Essential Standards, and NC Professional Teaching Standards.
- The learner will develop strategies for identifying resources appropriate to specific tasks rather than using technology for its own sake.
- The learner will learn and develop strategies for locating, organizing, evaluating, and analyzing information from digital sources.
- The learner will understand the challenges of and strategies for using various types of digital collections and search tools and evaluate their appropriateness to the classroom.
- The learner will understand the challenges of and strategies for evaluating online sources and information and evaluate their appropriateness to the classroom.
- The learner will understand and be able to work with the sources, benefits, and potential pitfalls of socially and collaboratively generated content.
- The learner will understand the ways in which reading online differs from reading in print and will explore ways of helping students to become better online readers.
- The learner will demonstrate the safe and ethical use of digital resources, including an understanding of intellectual property.
- The learner will understand federal, state, and local policy implications related to the implementation of digital literacy skills across all content areas and will develop a process for advocating for the use of digital tools in their classrooms.
- The learner will recognize that there are local, state and federal policies, including local Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs), that affect the implementation of digital literacy skills across all content areas.
- The learner will understand the implications of these policies for instruction.
- The learner will compare current practices with policy implications.
- The learner will develop a personal process for advocating for use of digital tools in the classroom.
Alignment to North Carolina standards
- North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards
- 4. Teachers facilitate learning for their students.
- c. Teachers use a variety of instructional methods.
- d. Teachers integrate and utilize technology in their instruction.
Week 2: Finding Information
- Week 1: What Is Digital Literacy, and Why Does It Matter?
- Defining Digital Literacy
Activity: After reviewing some web resources, create your own definition of
Discussion Forum: Digital Literacy Definition
- Digital Literacy in the Classroom
Activity: Watch a video and respond in your journal.
- North Carolina Standards PageNot completed: North Carolina Standards
Activity: Explore various web pages and write a brief introduction to the ITES based on the information you find.
Discussion Forum: ITES Introduction
- Supplemental Resources on Teaching the Standards Page
Week 3: Evaluating Information
- Finding and Evaluating Information: An Overview
- What’s a Search Engine?
- Talking to a Search Engine
Activity: Try out a series of example searches on the Web,
using different keywords and operators.
- The Business of Search
- When Search Engines Try to Help
- Search Activity
Assignment Submit Search Activity
Discussion Forum: Search Activity
- Beyond the Open Web
Activity: Try your previous search in subject-specific search engines.
- In the Classroom: Teaching Search Skills
Journal: reflect about how you can integrate these concepts into your lessons.
Discussion Forum: Implications
- Evaluating Information
- Evaluating a Website
- Validating Content
Website Evaluation Activity
Activity: Reflect in your journal on your understanding of digital manipulation.
Activity: Adapt a lesson plan to take advantage of crowdsourcing.
Assignment Submit Crowdsourcing in Your Classroom
Additional Resources for the Classroom
Discussion Forum: Website Evaluation Discussion Forum
Quiz 1: Digital Literacy
Week 4: Reading in a Digital Environment
Week 5: Reading in a Digital Environment — The Research
- Discussion Forum: Before — Reading in a Digital Environment
- What is “Reading in a Digital Environment”?
- Why is Reading Online Important?
- The Online Reading Experience: Reader, Text, and Pitfalls
Activies: Respond in your journal and compose a brief response to readings.
- Discussion Forum: After — Reading in a Digital Environment
- Assignment: Pitfalls for Students Article
Week 6: Safety and Ethical Concerns
- The Research on Online Reading
- Strategies for Building Strong Online Readers
Activity: Respond to readings and/or podcasts in your journal.
Discussion Forum: Research and Strategies
- Reflecting on Reading
Activity: Reflect in your journal on how your current teaching practices
address online reading strategies and prepare students to be effective online readers, then
develop a resource for your classroom to use what you have learned here (optional activity).
Discussion Forum:Teaching Online Reading
Week 7: Culminating Learning Activity
- Activity: What Would You Do?
Discussion Forum: What Would You Do?
- Engaging with 21st-Century Content — Safely and Ethically
Activity: Share your ideas with other participants.
- Copyright or Wrong
Activity: Take a quiz to assess your understanding of copyright.
Discussion Forum: Copyright or Wrong
- Public Licenses and Creative Commons
Activity: Take a quiz to assess your understanding of Creative Commons.
Activity: Try out an online plagiarism checker; answer some questions
about your current and future teaching strategies on avoiding plagiarism. Try out an online citation maker.
Plagiarism Reflection & Citation Activity
- Free Web Tools Are Great, But…
- Acceptable Use Policies
Activity: Reflect in your journal and share your observations on AUPs with other participants.
Assignment Acceptable Use Policies Assignment
- Design or revise a learning activity to teach or incorporate digital literacy.
Discussion Forum: CLA Forum