Digital Literacy in Today's Schools

What is it? Where do we start?

The Digital Generation

Students are transfluent— they are fluent in a wide range of media. And because they are transfluent, the digital generations find it much more natural than older generations to begin communicating with visuals, and then to mix in text, color, sound, and graphics in richly meaningful and creative ways. They are completely comfortable interacting across a wide range of platforms, tools, and media.

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Jukes, Ian; Schaaf, Ryan L. (2015-07-09). Reinventing Learning for the Always-On Generation: Strategies and Apps That Work (p. 59). Solution Tree Press. Kindle Edition.

The History of Technology in Education - Education History in Technology!! 2014
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Digital Citizenship

In order to be literate in today’s media-rich environments, young people need to develop knowledge, values and a whole range of critical thinking, communication and information management skills for the digital age. Find opportunities to embed the concepts of digital citizenship when using technology.

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Made with Explain Everything

The EyeWorld

Adding images to content helps individuals recall information with amazing accuracy over extended periods of time.


If the digital generations have such a strong connection to visuals in the classroom, what does this mean for traditional learning approaches?


How can students and educators use visual media to develop powerful and compelling learning experiences?


Jukes, Ian; Schaaf, Ryan L. (2015-07-09). Reinventing Learning for the Always-On Generation: Strategies and Apps That Work (p. 70-74). Solution Tree Press. Kindle Edition.

iPad Literacy Project by David W Malone

Transfluency - Allow Students to Chose the Product

The digital generations use their tools to create seamless gateways between real and virtual worlds. They create unique and useful solutions to real-world problems by transforming raw information into new knowledge that they connect to existing knowledge.

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Allowing students to pick their product is an approach that allows students the opportunity to select the form of their final product. Although the teacher maintains all the same expectations for each potential product, students are left with the freedom to select the medium the product will be displayed in.

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Jukes, Ian; Schaaf, Ryan L. (2015-07-09). Reinventing Learning for the Always-On Generation: Strategies and Apps That Work (p. 121 & 134). Solution Tree Press. Kindle Edition.

Book Creator Student Example

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Where The Wild Things Are - iMovie Book Trailer

Collaboration Spaces Online

For a powerful, collaborative learning experience, provide small groups with an individual collaboration space and watch as text, images, and other content populates the document. Teachers can easily scroll between each document to monitor the teams’ progress.


Microsoft Office 365 offers Microsoft Word online and PowerPoint online that allows users to collaboratively make creative multimedia products.

Collaborating with Classmates in Real Time - Office Online and OneDrive for Business

Padlet displays content created by users in real time. With a freeform or stream display, visitors add posts to the wall. Anyone visiting the wall can see all of the previously submitted content. Teachers are able to share a link and provide access to individuals so they can brainstorm ideas, work on a collaborative project, curate hyperlinks to resources, take notes, create posters or brochures, plan events, or conduct online discussions. Padlet is great for all grade levels and content areas.

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Assessment & Feedback

Let’s do the math— even if a teacher calls on or acknowledges a student once every five minutes, in a classroom of twenty-five, that means, on average, each student will be called upon, be praised, or receive feedback about once every two hours.


How can we incorporate increased feedback and acknowledgement into everyday learning experiences?

The purpose of education is not to make students learn; it’s about getting students to want to learn. Without motivation, there will be no learning.


Jukes, Ian; Schaaf, Ryan L. (2015-07-09). Reinventing Learning for the Always-On Generation: Strategies and Apps That Work (p. 148). Solution Tree Press. Kindle Edition.