Digital Literacy-How to teach it?
"Given your already full curriculum, how will you begin to teach digital literacy?" This is a question that is something I have been asking myself since the first day of the school year. According to Common Sense Media, digital literacy is the ability to find, identify, evaluate, and use information using media sources, including the internet and other digital tools. Common Sense Media lays out five key skills students should learn from home and school:
2/18/2018 06:07:40 pm
I like that you acknowledge digital literacy need not be everything, everyday. Your ideas on where to incorporate lessons makes sense and would be very doable. The five points you mention make me wonder what your 2nd graders 1st grade teacher may or may not have touched on regarding digital literacy. Maybe not all five need to be taught each year. Rather review what has been previously taught and then focus on the next one. This is likely the ideal that needs time to happen.
2/18/2018 06:52:23 pm
I love that you have identified ways that digital literacy fits into what you are already teaching, instead of having to find time to teach "one more thing." This feels so manageable. When you are ready for your next research project, don't forget the power of modeling. Before your students are ready to do their own internet research, you can do some whole class practice runs, where students watch as you think aloud through the process of evaluating the credibility of a website. Then you can use shared writing to create a summary in your (plural) own words.
2/19/2018 08:36:31 am
I agree digital literacy is so important to teach our students! I too have younger students and found teaching digital literacy embedded with another lesson to be most effective. It takes the "one more thing" out of it and it seems much more manageable. Just like with anything we teach it has to be age appropriate and the 5 points you have chosen are a great place to start.
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2/19/2018 01:27:30 pm
I really like how you summarized the five key skills. I too require an animal report. Your blog reminds me how I might work with the second grade teachers and spiral and reinforce the use of digital literacy expectations and the units we teach that are so similar to second grade.
2/19/2018 01:31:57 pm
I agree with a lot of the previous commenters. I think that incorporating how to treat other students respectfully online and offline is a great way to tie in those skills. I also agree that as teachers we should not feel like we are shoehorning in one more thing into our already demanding workload of curriculum to teach.
Mayra Cindy De la Torre
2/20/2018 11:33:14 am
I completely agree with you we should plug in digital literacy in where it fits with our current curriculum. I also thought the beginning of the school year would be a great time to introduce a lot of these topics. I teach 3rd grade and I start my year with a packet about all the different types of bullying and this would be a great place to introduce cyber bullying and how to be safe while on line. I love your idea of only focusing on a few items taking your grade level into account. If we try to cram up everything students might get overload.
2/21/2018 12:37:27 am
Alicia, I share your idea about trying to incorporate digital literacy lessons where we can in the curriculum we must already teach. I think selecting only a few topics to focus on id a fantastic idea, especially taking into account that they are second graders. I have come up with the same conclusion since I service students in k-third grade. Just like we, as teachers can become overwhelmed with most things to do, our students run the same risk if we do not take into account their grade level and the added amount of information we are asking them to process when we bring digital citizenship lessons to the table.
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