Students in a Digital World

Help your middle and high school students become more digitally literate with these thoughts and ideas.  #teaching #classroom #technology

Has your school gone 1:1 with technology yet?  Or maybe are you looking for ways to get your students ready for this day?  Then this post might be for you!  

Having just received devices, my students and I have to get the basics down of how to use various tools before we can even attempt to begin thinking about being fully digitally literate, but I am thankful for the #2ndaryELA community for their help in setting new goals for my students as there are so many things to consider when living in a digital world!

Below, you'll find a recap of our chat on Digital Literacy and I hope it gets you thinking about how to help your students become more digitally literate.

You can join in on the conversation too!  We'd love to see you Tuesday night at 8pm EST! Want to get a reminder an hour before the chat?  Sign up here:

We'd also love for you to join our 2ndaryELA Facebook group (even if you aren't on Twitter). 2ndaryELA is a group of middle and high school English Language Arts teachers looking to share ideas and best practices. This group is an extension of our Twitter chat and a place for collaboration, questions, and encouragement. Feel free to post teaching ideas, success stories, links, photos, etc. that will enhance our instruction.

Let's get started! Don't forget to respond in the A1, A2, A3 format and use the hashtag! Q1: What does digital literacy mean to you, and why is it important?
A1: For me, means growing student competence and compassion in online environments--"hearing" others and making themselves "heard" and recognizing when and how communication falls apart in a digital environment.
A1: the ability to find, understand, use info online but also be competent and thoughtful when using digital tools and media. Everything necessary to function in today’s online and digitally based world
Digital literacy means using technology to read, write, and create.
Q2: What skills do students need to have in order to be digitally literate?
A2: There are many skills that are needed to be digitally literate but I think the most important is being able to identify credible sources of information.
A2: The four C's: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity
Q3: What are the benefits and pitfalls of digital communication for our students?
A3: Benefits- the students ar accustomed to retrieving information digitally so using technology just enhances their learning. Pitfalls- today our internet was down.
A3: benefits of having an audience outside of their environment, information readily available to help them communicate
A3: Benefits of Digital Communication: Anyone can be a published author! Pitfalls of Digital Communication: Anyone can be a published author!
A3: misunderstanding the purpose and permanence of online communication. Also the vagueness and many times impersonal feel of it. Not being able to code switch between texting and professional language
Q4: What role should digital literacy play in our classrooms and curriculum?
A4: It's our job to prepare students for their future. We cannot predict what that future will look like, but we can bet that digital literacy will play a role. I want students to be able to engage in a digital environment and feel up to the task.
A4: Digital literacy must be directly instructed just like any other form of literacy. Sts need safe places to practice and play.
A4: The students should be able to apply new knowledge into different formats. Students should understand why digital citizenship is important.
Q5: What digital literacy resources or strategies can you share that will help your Twitter colleagues?
A5: If you don’t already use Feedly, you should try it out. It curates websites - I use it to curate all the education blogs I follow! It’s free to use, although they offer paid upgrades. I use the free version.
A5: I encourage you to embrace tweets and other social media posts as genuine mentor texts. I save tweets that I love and use them as exemplars for flash fiction, poetry, persuasive writing, etc., depending on the tweet.
A5: Use the resources your district has already! We have found great support from our library media specialist ! Having an expert help makes it less overwhelming.
A5: Since we are just 1:1 this year, we are still working at the most basic level. We are just getting our feet wet with Pear Deck and other such things.

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