In today’s connected society Digital Literacy is a skill which is needed starting at a young age in order to navigate the computer, online tools, communities and information safely and to become a responsible digital citizen. In my quest to gain a greater understanding of digital literacy and to bring together a number of resources I and you reading this can access freely, I have put together this resource page. The websites which make up this resource list come from around the world and are based around different aspects of digital literacy from digital citizenship and critical thinking to tech tools and trends.
If you know of any other websites which hold a treasuretrove of resources please comment at the bottom. I will update this page if I come across any other sites along my journey.
Common Sense Education – Digital Citizenship, Digital Literacy & Citizenship Classroom Curriculum
This website looks like it is really useful, it has a number of free resources and while some resouces can be accessed without registering, you will need to register to access others. Registration for the site is free and allows access to K-12 resources. (I think the lessons are based on the US Curriculum) The site has ibooks Textbooks on Digital Literacy, Printable curriculum, videos and other resources such as posters and curriculum Toolkits.
Connect Safely – Smart Socializing Starts Here
This website provides tips, advice, video resources, parent guides and presentations along with a news and views section all relating to safety and security in social media.
Digital Literacy across the curriculum (FutureLab, 2010)
This handbook discusses the meanings of digital literacy and the role of the school in developing digital literacy, and argues the importance of digital literacy at school and beyond. A useful starting point the handbook provides ideas and support for teachers looking to integrate componants of digital literacy into their teaching.
Media Smarts – Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy
This website has a number of resources for Digital and Media literacy in areas such as different media, safety, marketing and bias.
NewsTrust – Teacher Guides: Can You Trust the News? How to Teach Students to Recognize Good Journalism
This website provides resources for teaching students critical thinking. The site has teacher guides for classes with and without internet access with lesson plans and resources all provided. All resources have a focus on journalism.
Powerful Voices for Kids – Digital and Media Literacy Education
This website is designed to expand upon and extend the book Discovering Media Literacy: Teaching Digital Media and Popular Culture in Elementary School by by , 2013. It resources are targeted for children ages 5-12 and the site includes an ideas section which provides lesson ideas and resources. The website states that:
“Digital and media literacy is an expanded conceptualization of literacy to include not only reading and writing, but speaking, listening, viewing, creating, and sharing through all of the media in our lives. We are especially interested in how to explore mass media, popular culture and digital media with children, helping children access information, analyze media messages, create messages, reflect on our experiences with and through media, and use media and technology to make our voices heard in the world (Powerful Voices for Kids, n.d.). “
This digital community is free to join and provides free resources which guide and inform teaching. There are free lesson plans, guides, worksheets and activities along with other resources. As this is an Australian based website there are resources linked to the Australian Curriculum across subject areas. A search for Digital literacy in the Education Resources section on the 19/10/2014 revealed 2237 results across a number of resource types and teaching levels.
This website is a collaborative project of Google Inc, Commonsense Media, ConnectSafely and The National Consumers League. It is an interactive experience which explores skills needed to navigate online society. Topics such as digital citizenship, identity protection and fraud detection are looked at. There are a number of resources for teachers available including lesson plans for classes ranging from Grade 2-12.
Web20.14 – Discovery Education
This website is a fantastic resource which provides Tech Tools and Trends for Teachers (it looks as though this is updated each year). While you need to be in the US to access the premium content the site has info and links to the latest Web2.0 tools. The site also has videos which introduce each topic, a Tech Tips Blog and a section which holds free teacher resources. It is definately worth a look.
Media Smarts – Digital and Media Literacy
The Digital and Media Literacy page is from Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy website – Media Smarts. It has information on topics relating to media, youth and the internet including teaching resources, tips pages, educational games and e-tutorials.
Critical Thinking Skills. (2010). Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/vblibrary/4576825411/
Hague, C., & Payton, S. (2010). Digital literacy across the curriculum (1st ed.). Bristol: FutureLab. Retrieved from http://futurelab.org.uk/sites/default/files/Digital_Literacy_handbook_0.pdf
Powerfulvoicesforkids.com,. Discovering Media Literacy. Retrieved 19 October 2014, from http://powerfulvoicesforkids.com/content/what-digital-media-literacy
Verizon Thinkfinity,. Internet Safety and You Poster. Retrieved from https://www.mydigitalchalkboard.org/portal/default/Resources/Viewer/ResourceViewer?action=2&resid=56683
Wordle.net,. (2013). Wordle – Beautiful Word Clouds. Retrieved 19 October 2014, from http://www.wordle.net/