GEMS 8th Graders Develop Digital Literacy

TARGET 3 – “Flexible Learning Environments FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.”

ACTION STEP – “Make relevant and authentic problems become the focus of connected learning.”

How do we evaluate the quality of information we find on the internet? This is the starting point of the 8th grade Information Literacy seminar at GEMS. Information Literacy is offered as part of a Language Arts rotation which also includes a Reading Seminar and a Writing Seminar.  The three classes work together to address goals outlined in the new Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. Teachers Eric Hadd and Dayle Payne formulated the course to focus on research skills along with specific elements of reading and writing that are essential as students progress to higher levels.

In addition to evaluating the quality of information found on the web, students have explored issues of copyright, such as regulations for use and citing sources properly.  In the next quarter the class will focus on the concept of digital footprint along with digital citizenship. The second half of the year will focus on debate and argumentation, in which students will find and use information effectively and appropriately to support and defend a position.

Other components of the Common Core Standards such as non fiction reading, vocabulary, speaking and listening are also addressed through the lens of information literacy.

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