We are tasked with preparing our students to be college and career ready in the 21st century. Without a doubt, this preparation must include digital literacy and citizenship. Teachers have innumerable standards to teach, and a scarce amount of time and resources to do their jobs. Teachers need help to fit it all in. They need to be given time and resources. Since my work is with teachers, I will share how I could support my colleagues in their endeavors to teach digital literacy to their students.
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To begin, I would want to utilize a new tech tool or app to present this professional development session on digital literacy, so that teachers might see something new in action that they might like to try. For example, I might create a quizizz to bring awareness of some digital literacy statistics from CommonSense Media, or even a few ISTE Standards as an opening activity.
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I do: Following the opening activity, I could use an application such as Thinglink (hover over images for text, audio, or links to pop up) to share a list of resources and tools by grade level and topic, such as the resources we have been given to explore over the past few weeks. I would select one or two per grade level to demonstrate, or better yet--ask a colleague to present one with which she is familiar. Teachers who are familiar with certain apps or programs could be identified as tutors. To balance out the content, I would want to be sure to provide resources that cover the range of digital literacy skills students need to be responsible learners, as well as technology standards for teachers and students, and finally tech tools for the students and teachers.
We do: Give teachers ample time to explore the resources together during the session.
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You do: After our time together exploring tools and resources, I would use the Padlet app to have teachers share out their thoughts on the resources and plans for use. I would ask teachers to identify one tool or resource they can use the following week to teach digital literacy/citizenship to their students, or inform their own practice.
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Assessment: After two weeks, I would host a Flipgrid asking teachers to share a review of the tool or resource they used and what effects it had on their students work or their own practice.
The idea would be to present teachers with examples, resources, modeling, and give them time to explore, construct meaning and practice. It would be truly wonderful to be able to carve out a little time at each staff meeting for these things!