Digital Literacy:

Course Description


Digital Literacy is a structured course for students in grades 9-12 to assist them in becoming more proficient in using technology-based applications and online tools to enhance reading, writing, critical thinking, research, and presentation skills. This course is broken down into five units of instruction:

  1. Digital Citizenship: Digital citizen vs. native, digital footprints, social media use, plagiarism, paraphrasing, citations, copyright and fair use
  2. Informational Inquiry: Online graphic organizing and bookmarking, digital databases, website evaluation and navigation, accessing print and non-print multimedia materials, presentation formatting
  3. Investigative Journalism: Crafting reader responses from online news, writing and using the four characteristics of journalism; accuracy, completeness, efficiency, and precision, writing fast-track articles
  4. Argumentative Focus: Topic selection, locating/analyzing/evaluating relevant and reliable sources, crafting an opposing side with supporting evidence, communicating findings
  5. Life Narratives: Crafting themed reflections and focused personal stories using; sensory details, descriptive writing, sophisticated vocabulary and word choice, characterization, tone, voice, sequence of events, and transitional movement within