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Ten Digital Literacy Resources for Teachers

It is never too late to teach students about digital literacy. As technology continues to advance in society, there will be plenty of new social media sites and other tools students will use in and out of the classroom. As educators it is crucial to share with students how to be safe with what they say on the Internet, and what they select as sources. 

What is digital literacy? 

According to Cornell University, digital literacy is "the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet."

Education World has gathered a list of ten resources educators can use when teaching digital literacy in the classroom:

  1. DigitalLiteracy.gov: On this site, teachers can find resources including lesson plans, activities, games, videos, tutorials, and more. 
  2. Professor Garfield: The Professor Garfield Foundation's website offers students fun activities and games to enhance their digital literacy. The site also offers a teachers resource center, instructional materials, printables, links, digital stories, and more. 
  3. Lesson Plan Booster: Digital Literacy and Online Ethics: In this article on Education World, teachers have access to a list of lesson plans they can use to teach their students about digital literacy, including digital etiquette, essay questions, and more. 
  4. ThinkB4u: ThinkB4u is a website that partners with Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, National Consumers League, and more. ThinkB4u provides teachers with videos, resources, and other sources for the classroom. 
  5. TheNewsLiteracyProject.org: On this website, students work with professional journalists who instruct them how to sort fact from fiction in through videos, workshops, classroom programs, and resources for teachers. 
  6. Common Sense Media: With Common Sense Media, teachers can share videos, activities, printables, and other resources for teaching digital literacy. 
  7. Tweeting History: A Digital Literacy Lesson: In this lesson plan provided by Education World, students will be able to use historical knowledge and digital literacy skills to tweet clues and guess the historical figure, period or event. 
  8. November Learning: This site offers educators resources including articles, podcasts, videos, quizzes, tutorials, and more for teaching digital literacy. 
  9. Web 20.14: With Discovery Education's Web 20.14, teachers can have access to free apps, games, and other school-friendly tools. 
  10. Digital Literacy Resources: Cornell University provides teachers with information regarding privacy and the Internet, copyright resources, and a research guide for students. 

Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor