“Digital literacy … means having the knowledge and ability to use a range of technology tools for varied purposes. A digitally literate person can use technology strategically to find and evaluate information, connect and collaborate with others [in age-appropriate ways], produce and share original content, and use the Internet and technology tools to achieve many academic, professional, and personal goals.” NYC Department of Education
Digital literacy can also include fluency in computer/coding languages.
Over 100 technology-driven, project-based learning units that challenge student teams to create short digital stories around curricula in STEAM, LA, and History. Meridian Stories units provide students with the chance to expand their digital literacy skills to tell substantive narratives using text, imagery, sound and music. And, of course, it's about engagement and fun, creativity and collaboration, critical thinking and storytelling. *nominal fee
The Digital Literacy Curriculum is for anyone with basic reading skills who wants to learn the fundamentals of computer technology. “The goal of Microsoft Digital Literacy is to teach and assess basic computer concepts and skills so that people can use computer technology in everyday life to develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities.”
"Regardless of the education model you’re using – public or private, district or charter, onsite or at home – there simply aren’t many courses designed to teach youth about computer programming, mobile games, 3D graphics, digital arts, animation, entrepreneurship, and more!" My Tech High offers both full-year curricula and individual courses to build digital skills.
In-person classes for students. Eric Sheninger explains, “In Computer Programming, students work with Zaniac instructors to solve computing problems and learn real-world skills that software developers use every day. Go from true beginner to writing custom games in Python, all while having a blast along the way.” Informative article on the need for digital literacy including ideas for student projects.
“This course will provide an introduction to the foundational concepts of digital literacy and citizenship, including online safety, critical consumption of online information, and ethical participation in the digital world. Learners will develop grade-level appropriate methods of introducing these topics with their students.”
Helpful Resources & Tips
“Discover information and findings on the phenomenon of social networking and how to use social networking sites and social media sites creatively and safely. This section provides tips for evaluating these online resources, helpful advice and ideas for promoting safe social networking and shares examples of how social networks can and are being used in schools, at home, and on mobiles worldwide to support informal and formal learning.”
“The Internet provides access to many free software, sounds, graphics, music and other resources.” This is a list of some of the resources Ohler thinks are beneficial. (These resources could also be shared as part of a class on copyright and what material is okay to use in creative or educational works.)