by Sharon Matney
Skills taught should be embedded into the curriculum and scaffolded among grade levels.
Today’s students need to develop information skills that will enable them to use technology as an important tool for learning, both now and in the future. (AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner)
Students need the information literacy skills to:
Identify own areas of interest and focus efforts in personal learning
Locate trustworthy sources of information -- Move beyond Google & Wikipedia. Rely on experts and trusted organizations.
Understand major differences between a website and a research database (subject headings)
Use a variety of search strategies -- Keywords/synonyms, quotations around phrases, and Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
- Cite sources
Understand and demonstrate social, legal, and ethical practices that transfer from formal and informal situations.
Students need the digital citizenship skills to:
Stay safe online
Post and comment appropriately on social media
Use information responsibly
Contribute to the exchange of ideas within the learning community
Be a self-motivated and inquisitive learner
Demonstrate leadership and confidence by presenting ideas to others in both formal and informal situations
Transfer taught social skills from school to home life.
Use a variety of devices and technology tools to have a progressing understanding of computer systems and applications.
Students need the basic computer skills to:
Download and upload
Use keyboard conventions and shortcuts
Copy and paste
Use capital sentences and punctuation
Access digital files
Code (Hour of Code, Scratch, Lego Robotics)