Digital Literacy Newsletter

by Morgan Estep

Information Literacy

What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is the ability to search for and find accurate information from credible and trustworthy sites. Students must learn how to muddle through the endless supply of information on the internet, and identify what websites are legitimate and have useful information. They must learn how to avoid the "ad" sites that search engines provide, and also how to use different search strategies in order to produce more refined search results.

Louisiana Standards

Information literacy can be introduced in second grade. Evaluating the usefulness of internet resources is introduced, but as far as performing individual research, it is optional.
Information Literacy

What does this look like?

In my future classroom, I hope to use Common Sense Education's digital literacy curriculum for K-2nd grade. I will be covering how to use keywords in order to refine searches to yield more relevant sites. I also hope to teach that people's opinions aren't always the most reliable or credible sources.

Tips for Parents and Students

  • Practice identifying advertisements while using a search engine
  • Use keywords to look for more reliable websites
  • Look out for websites that post opinions rather than facts

Relationships & Communication

Online relationships and communication

Whenever we comment online, post on social media, or even text others, we are participating in online relationships and communication. As teachers, we must teach our students the importance of online etiquette(netiquette) by helping them to understand how to properly communicate with different audiences. They must also have an understanding of what ethical behavior is in relation to online issues. We must also remind them to keep in mind the feelings of others before they respond to others or post things online.

Louisiana Standards

Learning how to use age-appropriate technologies to communicate or work with others is introduced in Kindergarten, reinforced in first grade, and should be mastered by second grade.

In first grade, students are introduced to the dangers of online communication and how to use it safely. It should be reinforced in second grade, and mastered by third grade.

Faux Paw's Adventures in the Internet

What does this look like?

I will teach my future students about how the internet connects us to all kinds of different people. I will also be teaching them to show others respect online, and to act ethically. We will also be learning how to write good emails.

Tips for Parents and Students

  • Discuss and review how to ethically handle personal communication problems online
  • Distinguish between correct and incorrect ways to respond to or post things online. Look specifically at spelling and grammar issues, and the tone of posts and comments
  • Discuss how their actions online could effect the feelings of others

Digital Footprint & Reputation

What is your digital footprint and reputation?

Every time that a person goes online, they leave digital footprints, which are comprised of anything they post, comment, share, or are tagged in. All of these things joined together make up our online "reputation". We must teach our students how to be mindful of how their online activity can distort or change their reputation.

Louisiana Standards

The responsible uses of digital information is introduced in Kindergarten, and mastered by third grade. Students are also warned of the consequences of inappropriate usage of such information in this order.
What's in Your Digital Footprint?

What does this look like?

I will be teaching my students that everything they put online leaves a digital footprint, and that not everything is safe or smart to put online. We will also discuss that their digital footprint affects how people see them in real life.

Tips for Parents and Students

  • Discuss how your online activity can affect how people see and treat you
  • Always make sure that a trusted adult knows about your online activities, in order to ensure online safety
  • Before posting anything online, ask yourself if it is something you are comfortable with your parents seeing, and if it represents who you are. If not, then you should not post it