TECHing It to the Next Level
Updated: Sep 28, 2022
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!
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.
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!
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.