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October 22, 2014

21st Century Information, Media and Technology Skills

ICT Literacy

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 as well as communication/networking tools and social networks to access, manage, integrate, evaluate and create information in order to function successfully in a knowledge economy. ICT literacy also involves applying a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information technologies.

Here are some ways you can help develop your students’ ICT literacy.

A Wired World

As the Internet continues to spread in schools throughout the nation, students’ conduct online is just as important as it is in the classroom. To ensure that students’ experiences browsing the Internet are as safe and engaging as learning under the guidance of a teacher, Common Sense Education is hosting Digital Citizenship Week, October 19–25, culminating with a series of events that encourage students, teachers and family members to engage in responsible behavior online.

New materials, including free downloadable classroom posters, as well as educational sessions and advice, are available on the organization’s website.

Over the summer, Flocabulary, an online repository of educational hip-hop songs for K–8 students, teamed up with Common Sense Education to produce an animated music video highlighting ways students can curb bad online habits, such as over-sharing the details of their personal lives.

Along with the weeklong program, Common Sense Education is hosting a variety of other events throughout the month.

Respectful. Responsible. Safe.

YouTube has devised an interactive curriculum to help educate students, aged 13–17, on topics such as how to report content on YouTube, how to protect their privacy online, how to be responsible YouTube community members and how to be responsible digital citizens. The purpose of the site is to help students and educators gain useful skills and a holistic understanding about responsible digital citizenship, not only on YouTube, but also in all online activity.

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