For example, copyright infringement, finding information from reliable sources, how to behave on social media, how to behave on professional social media and the list goes on. How to protect themselves and keep their privacy. Here is a great little read called Knowing the Difference between Digital Skills and Digital Literacy and Teaching Both. We should always try and practice what we preach, so letting the students know your use of digital literacy is a great way to get them to start thinking about it. Check out the infographic on a couple do’s and don’t when it comes to protecting student privacy. Click on this link to check out others helpful infographics from the same source.
The great thing about teaching a foreign language is that in an increasingly digital world, access to authentic materials is right at our fingertips. Not only are materials readily available but people and places are as well. We can pen-pal electronically, Skype with other classes around the world, take a digital tour in a different location or shop at stores in different countries. We are more connected than ever. What does that mean for us as educators? We need to be aware of digital literacy and how to facilitate implementation by our students. We are teaching our students how to use digital resources but sometimes forget to teach them how to really use a resource. For example, copyright infringement, finding information from reliable sources, how to behave on social media, how to behave on professional social media and the list goes on. How to protect themselves and keep their privacy.
If we want our students to be connected and learn about different cultures, see different countries and people and really connect with the outside world, we need to teach them to it responsibly. I am getting ready to start this new year with a lot more digital literacy lessons, especially since I have scrapped my textbook and I am going to be following a different curriculum made by other teachers that is very heavy on realia ( objects and material from everyday life, especially when used as teaching aids). I want my students to be safe and I want them to be responsible citizens in the digital world as much as they are in their everyday life. A lot of students think that hiding behind a screen grants them the power to do things they otherwise would not, but that is simply not the case. Let’s make sure our students are aware and prepared for their future.