14 Resources to Bookmark for Digital Literacy
Whether you're new to the concept of digital literacy or are a seasoned expert, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all there is to know. However, you can also take professional development into your own hands — here are 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 special “Educator Tools” section for teachers who will be teaching digital literacy skills directly, and 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 where to get 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.
When teaching students the difference between copyrighted work and open resources, the Creative Commons site is essential both from an educational standpoint and as a source for material and licenses.
With this tool, teachers can copy and paste student work to check for any copied text. Teachers can also show students this site when discussing just what plagiarism is and why they should avoid it.
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.
Microsoft offers a free introduction to digital literacy through this site, as well as resources for teaching digital literacy.
Collaboration and support are both 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.
In its assessment section, Diigo.com offers a number of links to digital literacy assessment and self-assessment tools.
The education technology site Edudemic offers a list of essential resources for digital literacy in the classroom. Edutopia offers a similar list, along with a tag devoted specifically to digital literacy.
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, videos, setting up poster walls, and much more. Every district would benefit from using this site as a model for their own.
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 a new piece of 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.