Digital Literacy


Digital Footprint & Reputation: Students learn to protect their own privacy and respect others' privacy.  Our digital world is permanent, and with each post, students are building a digital footprint.  By encouraging students to self-reflect before they self-reveal, they will consider how and what they share online can impact themselves and others.
Information Literacy: Information literacy includes the ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. From effective search strategies to evaluation techniques, students learn how to evaluate the quality, credibility, and validity of websites, and give proper credit.
Lessons by Grade Level
Grade Topic Lesson Overview
K Digital Footprint
My Creative Work
Students learn the basics – title, name, and date – for crediting creative
work. In doing so, they discuss the importance of citing work, as well as
recognizing that they should give themselves proper credit so that
others can attribute their work when they use it.
1 Digital Footprint
Following the Digital Trail
Students learn that the information they put online leaves a digital
footprint or “trail.” This trail can be big or small, helpful or hurtful,
depending on how they manage it.
2 Digital Footprint
My Online Community
Students explore the concept that people can connect with one another
through the Internet. They understand how the ability for people to
communicate online can unite a community.
3 Digital Footprint
Rings of Responsibility
Students explore what it means to take on responsibilities in both
their offline and online communities as a way to learn how to be good
digital citizens.
4 Digital Literacy
Whose is it, Anyway?
Students learn that although the Internet makes it very easy, copying
the work of others and presenting it as one’s own is called plagiarism.
They also learn about circumstances in which it is permissible to use the
work of others.
5 Digital Literacy
How to Cite a Site
Students reflect on the importance of citing all sources when they do
research. They then learn how to write citations for two different types
of online sources in Modern Language Association (MLA) style, and
practice doing so.
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