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What Digital Literacy Looks Like in a Classroom

What Digital Literacy Looks Like in a Classroom
Published Online: October 29, 2014 By Brianna Crowley If students are “glued” 24/7 to their mobile devices, why is it necessary for schools to teach digital literacy? Who should teach it? And wait … what does it even mean to be “digitally literate”? If these are questions you’ve heard or asked, you aren’t alone. The New York Department of Education defines digital literacy as “having the knowledge and ability to use a range of technology tools for varied purposes.” Most teachers recognize those skills as critical for 21st-century learning. The Myth of ‘Digital Natives’ Many adults think that because children have been immersed in a technology since a young age, they are naturally “literate” or skilled in using technology. Creating a Digital Literacy Curriculum Like traditional literacy, students and adults alike benefit from guidance, instruction, and practice. Teachers should also help students develop healthy habits and attitudes when using technology. Taking Responsibility Search Literacy

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What Is Digital Literacy? Ava reads at Indian Run Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio. The school integrates iPads, laptops, and books into reading time. —Maddie McGarvey for Education Week Digital Literacy: An Evolving Definition 7 Reasons Why Digital Literacy is Important for Teachers - Blog Share on social: The meaning of "digital literacy" has shifted over the years. While there was a time when job candidates were encouraged to list "Proficient at Microsoft Word" on their resume, now such skills are considered standard.

Digital Literacy Fundamentals Introduction Today’s youth are often called ‘digital natives’ by adults because of the seemingly effortless way they engage with all things digital. It’s easy to see why: Canadian youth live in an interactive, “on demand” digital culture where they are used to accessing media whenever and wherever they want. Instant-messaging, photo sharing, texting, social networking, video-streaming, and mobile Internet use are all examples where youth have led the charge in new ways of engaging online.

Digital Literacy Definition and Resources What is Digital Literacy? The ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information. 1The ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers. 2 A person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment... Literacy includes the ability to read and interpret media, to reproduce data and images through digital manipulation, and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments. 3 What is a Digital Learning Librarian? John Hattie & His High Impact Strategies John Hattie synthesized over 500,000+ studies related to student achievement in his book Visible Learning. He showed that teachers can make a difference despite other circumstances that may impede learning. In fact, Hattie found that most teachers have some degree of impact on their students’ learning. However, some teachers have far more impact than others. What Should Teachers Do?

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