• Julie Jamieson

Updated: Sep 28

Digital Tools for Teaching Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship



Digital Citizenship Week takes place this month! This year, it will be held on October 17-21, 2022. At this time, our high school students don't have a specific class for "digital citizenship" or "media literacy". In an era where social media reigns supreme, the responsibility for teaching these life skills to students falls on all of us. Fortunately, there are several good resources out there to help us teach students how to be ethical and responsible in the digital world within our content area(s). I hope you enjoy learning about some of these tools. I am happy to help with teaching any of these concepts!

 

Learning


Civic Online Reasoning is brought to you by Stanford History Education Group. This site will help you teach media literacy skills to your students. Create an account and you will have access to free lessons and assessments about evaluating inforamtion online. Lessons can be stand alone modules or you can embed the resources in what you already teach.


Creating


Copyright & Creativity is a free K-12 curriculum for teaching copyright and fair use concepts for all learners. Google Slide decks, lesson PDFs, videos, and a free professional development course are offered on the site as well as webinars and office hours to talk with ambassadors. I have been an ambassador for this nonprofit organization for over two years now, and I can't recommend these resources enough. Students are creating every day, and it is critical for them to understand their rights and responsibilities as creators. I am happy to provide lessons on this topic next time you have your students complete a creative project. We can structure it however you like. I can do a mini lesson over just the basics or go more in depth. The lessons can be used as stand alone lessons or they can be modified to be embedded in authentic learning activities. When students create videos, infographics, podcasts, etc, these lessons and videos can enrich the creation component. Lessons are framed in a positive way . . . copyright is about encouraging creativity!


Assessing


Digital Skills for a Global Society is a collaborative resource created by Dell Technologies and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). The purpose is to provide resources for all learners to become empowered to navigate the digital world safely and ethically. Resources and questionnaires are provided for students and adult learners to test their own knowledge and to grow as learners in this area. Three categories are covered: Navigate, Consume, Create & Communicate. I want to highlight the questionnaire portion of this site. There is a different survey for students, educators, and caregivers. After you take the survey, you get immediate results with feedback and resources to help you understand areas you need to focus on to become more digitally literate in today's world.

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  • Julie Jamieson

Updated: Sep 27

Digital Tools for Equity and Inclusion

Each month I plan to highlight different digital tools that I recommend for learning, creating, and assessing student progress. This month's focus is equity and inclusion. As we know, we need to meet the needs of all learners and utilizing digital tools with accessiblity options can optimize teaching and learning for all students. I take into consideration the Universal Design for Learning Framework when selecting tools to share to ensure engagement, representation, and expression. Here are a few favorites that I use in my practice.


 

Learning

Our school district subscribes to Gale Databases. We have access to the following:

  • Gale in Context: US History

  • Gale in Context: World History

  • Gale in Context: Science

  • Gale in Context: Global Issues

  • Gale in Context: Biography

  • Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

These databases offer several benefits. In addition to providing students with credible, peer-reviewed resources, Gale has great accessibility features. These features include text translation, adjusting font style and size, customizing background color, and listening to text. Check out the tutorial below.




Creating


Book Creator is one of my favorite digital creation tools that features plenty of accessibility features. There is an interactive reader, speech to text to type, multiple languages, and more. Plus it is very intuitive for learners of all ages. I use it as a tool to promote books in the library, but students can use it for virtually any kind of creative assignment to demonstrate learning in a fun and engaging way. There are also templates and ready-made themes available. Book Creator will be translated automatically if your Chrome browser is set to any of 10 langauges including Spanish, French, German, and Japanese. Here is an excellent resource that provides ideas for supporting language learners. Check out the tutorial below to see how easy it is to create something really awesome!


Assessing


Quizizz is an engaging tool for quick, formative assessments. Accessibility features include a built-in read aloud setting, readability features, and language support. There is a database filled with plenty of existing quizzes and lessons that can be edited. Check out this example of one I created. Notice how you can select read aloud text and the language of choice.

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