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Bringing Digital Literacy to Your Middle School Students

Today’s student should possess strong digital literacy skills in order to navigate the increasingly complex digital world. Students need the higher-order thought skills associated with Digital Literacy, ranging from analyzing a web source’s credibility to working collaboratively on a Google Doc. I’ve assembled some of the best web resources to motivate and engage your students in learning this important skill.
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Bringing Digital Literacy to Your Middle School Students
  • John Cork says:
    I often utilize this excellent three-topic Digital Citizenship curriculum resource guide from iKeepSafe which provides videos, lesson plans, and student handouts. "Become an Online Sleuth" is the first topic and students learn how to identify guidelines for evaluating the credibility of content online. The lesson helps your students understand the difference between “lies and truth” as well as “fact and opinion” when searching the Internet.
  • edweek.org
    edweek.org

    What Digital Literacy Looks Like in a Classroom

    7 minute read
    John Cork says:
    This article from Education Week is a must-read for any educator who finds themselves teaching Digital Literacy. I loved this resource because it provided me with a wealth of knowledge and the tools I needed to effectively teach the topic of Digital Literacy. The article will guide you through how to create a digital literacy curriculum, locate useful resources, and utilize digital tools and understand social media.
  • novemberlearning.com
    novemberlearning.com

    Web Literacy - Information Literacy Quiz

    4 minute read
    John Cork says:
    This quiz from Allan November’s website provides teachers a way to formally assess how well students understand digital literacy. Do your students know what a Boolean search is? Why is understanding the history of a website important? How does a website get listed in the top results of a Google search? A great resource to pre-assess your students’ knowledge!
  • John Cork says:
    This thought-provoking video from the University of Derby explores the concept of digital literacy skills needed to succeed in the 21st Century. It explains that students will need to possess good digital literacy skills in order to improve their employability upon entering the job force. Also, the resource poses thought-provoking questions like, “How do we evaluate the authenticity and validity of the wealth of information available on the Internet?”
  • John Cork says:
    An integral part of digital literacy is understanding how to effectively search for reliable information on the internet. This lesson plan in PDF format from Common Sense Media teaches students how to utilize a five-step method for “planning and carrying out an online search”. The lesson plan is extremely well-detailed and provides the teacher with lesson objectives, lesson overview, key vocabulary, common core standards alignment and student activities.