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.Week 1 – Introduction/Overview
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Digital Literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.
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Further, a digitally literate person:
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● Possesses the variety of skills – technical and cognitive – required to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats;
● Is able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to retrieve information, interpret results, and judge the quality of that information;
● Understands the relationship between technology, life-long learning, personal privacy, and appropriate stewardship of information;
● Uses these skills and the appropriate technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, colleagues, family, and on occasion, the general public;
● Uses these skills to actively participate in civic society and contribute to a vibrant, informed, and engaged community.
-ALA Digital Literacy Task Force (8/2012)
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Literacy definition: ability to read, write and understand text - comprehension, understanding, knowledge
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Questions of the day:
  • Why is digital literacy important to you? Do you have some of these skills already?
  • What is technology? How does technology evolve? What are some examples of technology? Old and New?
  • Where do you see technology in your daily world? Is it important to you? How does technology change our way of life?
  • What do you see as the most pivotal inventions?
  • What do you expect the future uses of technology to be?
  • What are the biggest changes you have witnessed in your lifetimes? How did this affect your daily routine?
  • Exactly how does the internet work?
  • What would you like to learn this year?
  • What would you invent if you had the chance?

Class Norms & Expectations
  • Respect each other, each other’s ideas and comments
  • Come on time, prepared to work and participate
  • Be present and stay seated
  • Manage your own time and work
  • Work together – collaborate/cooperate when directed to do so
  • Stay on relevant websites only
  • Use good citizenship rules for online behavior
  • Edit only your own digital portfolios pages
  • Ask for help after you have tried to solve your own problems
  • Assist each other, if requested, by showing how NOT by doing for
  • Raise your hand for teacher attention
  • Comments on projects are only of a constructive nature
  • Class continues until the bell rings—no one leaves the room
  • Follow internet district policies
  • Ask to leave for restroom
  • Sign out of accounts and log off computers when class is over
  • Fill out self assessment forms for each objective and project

View these videos - let's talk about it - they are not even current but make a powerful statement




Introduce yourself to me via two projects this week:
Tech Class Survey - Google Form - click and submit please
Word Cloud Generators- click here for link and instructions to two different ones
Photopeach slideshow - click here for sample and outline - steps and instructions on handouts

Learning.com modules - internet safety
TypingWeb.com- improve your typing accuracy and speed

Today's vocabulary you are responsible for:
ISP Search Engine Browser URL Robotic indexing spiders Search terms