May 8, 2013
21st Century Information, Media and Technology Skills
According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, ICT literacy is a skill that students need to master in order to succeed in work and life in the 21st century. ICT literacy involves the appropriate use of digital technologies (computers, PDAs, media players, GPS) as well as communication/networking tools and social networks to access, manage, integrate, evaluate and create information in order to successfully function in a knowledge economy.
Here are some ways you can help develop your students’ ICT Literacy.
Get the Facts!
This wiki provides digital citizenship curricula and professional development resources for adults working with K–12 students on digital citizenship.
The site explains “digital citizenship” and presents integrated lessons, aligned to the Common Core standards, for using technology safely, responsibly, critically, productively and civically (contributing to the digital society).
The site also includes ideas, resources and workshops targeted to different members of the school community—students, teachers, librarians, administrators, tech specialists, parents and those with special needs.
The Resources section is organized according to the following categories: Organizations, General Websites, Standards, Curriculum, Civic Engagement, Cybersafety, Cyberbullying, Intellectual Property (Plagiarism, Copyright), Intellectual Freedom (and Privacy), Critical Thinking, Literacies (Information, Media, Visual), Instruction, Lessons and Learning Activities, and Tools.
A six-module online tutorial offers advice on using the wiki.
Know the Villains!
Own Your Space is a free, 16-chapter ebook designed to educate ‘tweens and teens about protecting themselves and their “stuff” online.
Each chapter goes into great detail explaining the technical threats that students’ computers face online as well as the personal threats to data that students can face online. For example, in the first chapter students learn about different types of malware and the importance of installing security patches to prevent malware infections. The fourteenth chapter explains the differences between secured and unsecured wireless networks, the potential dangers of an unsecured network, and how to lock down a network.
The ebook is provided free of charge on Microsoft’s website. You can download the entire ebook or individual chapters appropriate for your students.
Draw the Line!
A Thin Line is a digital safety education resource produced by MTV, in collaboration with other media partners, to educate teenagers and young adults about the possible repercussions of their digital activities.
A Thin Line offers a series of fact sheets about topics such as sexting, digital spying, excessive text messaging and instant messaging, and cruelty. The site gives students advice on how to recognize those behaviors and their dangers, and how to protect their digital identity. Students can also take a short quiz to practice identifying risky digital behaviors. A Thin Line is accessible in English and Spanish.
I have found this book to be most helpful in finding the grant sources to fund classes I coordinate to aid provisional licensed teachers who cannot pass the national teachers' exam.