Lesson 4

WALT: understand what "digital literacy" is and how it applies to our own lives as digital citizens

Introduction

• As a class, brainstorm what the word "literacy" means. Develop a shared understanding and definition.

What is Digital Literacy?

• Digital Literacy can be defined as the process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology.
Source -

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Discussion

1. Does the message in this video resonate with you? (Can you relate to it?)
2. If so, in what ways are you like the kids portrayed in this video?


Watch this video ...




Discussion

1. Although a humorous video, there is also an important message that the creators are trying to make you aware of. What do you think this message is?
2. Did anyone spot the mistake in this video? Clue: Mona Lisa


Literacy has been traditionally defined as the ability to read and write. Did you know, that as late as 1841, 33% of all Englishmen and 44% of English women signed their marriage certificates with their "marks" as they were unable to write (government - financed public education only became available in England in 1870, and even then on a limited basis)
Source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literacy


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Discussion

1. Do you think it would be possible for a student in 1840 to succeed socially today? Why or why not?
2. Can you predict what digital literacy will look like in the future? (10 - 20 years)
3. There are many different skills that comprise digital literacy. Does having the access to technology mean the same as being digitally literate? (Think / Pair / Share)



Task

• Write a reflection of what you now understand about "digital literacy"

1. Draft the reflection in your draft books
2. Proof read and edit your writing
3. Conference with teacher
4. Publish your reflection on your blog, use the title - "My Reflections on Digital Literacy"
5. Invite a friend to comment on your post. (Remember the rules for positive commenting)