Digital Literacy

ID-10038570Lesson Plans, Activities, Ideas

Grades K, 1, 2

Exploring the Internet: Going Places Safely 
In this lesson from Common Sense Media, students watch a short video where they learn how the Web can be a place to learn new and exciting things; communicate with friends and family; and go on virtual field trips. It also presents how technology can be used to create things, such taking photographs and then editing them. The rules that students learn are to always ask parents or a teacher to go on the Internet, only talk to people you know, and go to places online that are right for you. Students are provided with links for searching either the San Diego Zoo or Destination Modern Art. To read recommended tips for families, click Common Sense on Talking Safely Online.

Grades 3, 4

Using Cell Phones: Twalkers 
In this lesson from Common Sense Media’s Digital Passport site, student discuss the words “multitask” and “distract” and then watch a video about a chicken who crossed the road while listening to music and not paying attention to traffic in Jennette McCurdy’s “Chicken” Commercial for Safe Kids USA. Then, after discussing the video, they watch Communication which explains why it’s not a good idea to multi-task while using a cell phone. To read recommended tips for families, click Common Sense on Cell Phones.

Critical Evaluation of Websites
First, discuss what a URL is (Web address), the various types of URLs (.com, .gov, .org, and .edu), and how they can give you a clue as to who is posting and creating the content of the site you are exploring. Then read and discuss Webster’s Gecko Goof, an e-book that teaches children that information posted on the Internet that may not always be true.

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