Cate Jarvis

The Crazy World of Technology

Digital Literacy

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Digital Literacy

A digitally literate person will possess a range of digital skills, knowledge of the basic principles of computing devices, skills in using computer networks, an ability to engage in online communities and social networks while adhering to behavioral protocols, be able to find, capture and evaluate information, an understanding of the societal issues raised by digital technologies (such as big data), and possess critical thinking skills.

From Wikipedia


  1. Discuss possible lesson ideas and curriculum integration
  2. Discuss online communities and social networks
  3. Be able to find, capture and evaluate web-based information
  4. Discuss and develop ideas about behavioural protocols

Lesson Ideas and Integration

Digital Literacy should enhance and re-imagine what we already do.

  • Research
  • Communication
  • Evaluation

Online Communities – Developing a PLN

PLN – Personal Learning Network. As teachers and practitioners we are encouraged to develop our own PLN. This will enable us (as teachers) to have a range of contributors and experts to help us develop our teaching. This is also important for pupils as they can find knowledge outside of the classroom and participate in global discussions and collaborations.

Flipboard – This is a collection of pre-created content and magazines and is a great research tool (the content can be accessed on your smart phone). You can add your own content, from the Internet, to a personal magazine, that can be shared with others and allows for collaboration. Using the FlipIt extension will let you add these as you browse the internet on Google Chrome.

Twitter – You can receive up-to-date information from a variety of sources on a variety of topics. A teacher at my school uses it to share up-to-date economic tweets for companies and fellow teachers to his students. Accounts can be verified – this is hard to get and is a badge of honour! It suggests that the account is authentic and they are proactive tweeters. Here are some recommended #tags for teachers

Pinterest – A collection of ideas and sites shared by the Pinterest Community there are a lot of inks to teaching resources and lesson activities based on this site. However, it could also be seen as a great pupil resource. Pupils could use it to gather ideas on a specific topic, it would be excellent for Design based projects.

Listly  – Allows you to create and curate lists of websites/videos/images for a specific topic. The great thing is that these are public and shareable so you can collate a list about a topic and share it with others. They could add to your list and you can accept or not these new additions. Here is an example:

Find, Capture and Evaluate Information

Authenticating Information

Step 1 – Simple Technique for testing a site

  • Currency – Is it up-to-date? Are the articles date referenced?
  • Relevance – Is it relevant to your work? Who is the intended audience?
  • Authority – Who is the author? Can you contact them? Research them to see what else they have written
  • Accuracy – Do other sites back up the information? Do they have internal citation to other evidence?
  • Purpose – What is the aim of the piece?
  • Gut feeling – Look at the layout, consistent formatting, spelling and grammar. Do you trust it?

Step 2 –  Can you identify the owners and authors?

  • Use to try and find out who owns it
  • Use a Search Engine to check on the owners and authors credibility. Check out other things they have written
  • Here are some websites to review. Lets have a look at one together – what can we find out?

Step 3 – What is the Top Level Domain Name

What’s in a name – you would be surprised! Students will often assume a webpage is fact if it is followed by .gov or .org. It is important as the TLD gives you an idea about the content, however it DOES NOT MEAN that that information on the site is reliable.

Searching for Information

Step 1 – Search Engines

There are many different search engines – they may be smaller than Google but they all have there own benefits

Step 2 – Effective Searches

  • Reduce/Remove common words
  • Use Keywords
  • Use Symbols – “blah blah”, pink – floyd, p*nk
  • Advance Searches
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SEARCH TOOLS – Allows you to change location, time and reading levels.
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SEARCH TOOLS – Allows you to change size, type and usage rights

Collating Information

Diigo – Allows to collate webpages for different topics and if you add the diigolet extension you can add notes to the page and save this as well (adding posits and highlighting important information). Diigo on Chrome Diigolet Extension

Listly – Allows you to create and curate lists of websites/videos/images for a specific topic. The great thing is that these are public and shareable so you can collate a list about a topic and share it with others. They could add to your list and you can accept or not these new additions. You can use this chrome extension to add to your list as you browse

Evernote – Allows you to add notes  and web links and images. You can create different “notebooks” which are like folders – Really good way to keep your resources together. Evernote – for Chrome Evernote Web Clipper – for Chrome

Pocket – Another method of keeping resources together. I feel it has less functionality compared to Evernote and Diigo – but still is a nice piece – Pocket for Chrome

Behavioural Protocols

This could be a discussion with pupils and staff. I have discussed them at length with the student council and we are creating a working document that will change over time but gives us a starting point. Here it is to have a look at – please remember it is a work in progress!

Do you have any other ideas? Please add these as a comment to this page!

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