Whether you’re new to the concept of digital literacy or are a seasoned expert, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the educational technology out there. You can, however, take your professional development into your own hands with these 14 essential resources for creating (and supporting) digitally literate teachers.
This U.S. government website provides a portal to a wealth of basic-level digital literacy information. If you’re just starting out, this is a great place to learn basic computer and internet skills. There is also a designated “Educator Tools” section for teachers who will be teaching digital literacy skills directly, and it’s a great resource for evaluating the tools you find.
This innately bookmarkable website has just about every digital literacy resource any teacher could possibly need. Here you will find links to search tools beyond Google, as well as guides for teaching students how to evaluate resources and find their owners. There are fact-checking sites listed here, as well as sites and tools for creating bibliographies, avoiding and checking for plagiarism, and accessing open content.
This guide is an essential resource for teachers and administrators at every level of digital literacy. The guide offers a definition of digital literacy that is both nuanced and comprehensive, while integrating real-life examples from studies conducted by the authors. There are helpful checklists throughout and links to numerous digital literacy and media resources.
Students will have no excuse for not putting together a good bibliography when you show them EasyBib.com, the automatic bibliography maker. MLA, Chicago, APA and other styles are available on the site.
Both collaboration and support are key to finding the digital tools that are right for you and staying up to date as a digitally literate teacher. Twitter is a go-to community for growing your personal learning network, particularly through the hashtags #digitalliteracy, #edchat and #edtech. Pinterest is another great resource for staying on top of all of the latest and greatest innovations.
This is a great example of a robust district resource site from Northwest Independent School District in North Texas. Here you have numerous resources for making class websites and videos, setting up poster walls, and much more.
This comprehensive curriculum created by the world’s most powerful search engine came frequently and heartily recommended by our educational technology experts. Three chapters are covered, including online search skills, managing your online identity, and avoiding scams online. The curriculum is free and can be explored in one or two days.
This extensive review site provides on-point feedback for all kinds of child-targeted media. This includes movies, books, games, TV, apps and websites. This should be any teacher’s first stop when trying to vet the worthiness of new media.
In the teacher section of this impressive site, you’ll find a long list of links to just about every kind of education technology resource. This is a one-stop shop for a wide array of teacher support tools. Other pages on the site feature support resources for students and parents.
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