Teaching about digital literacy in the k-8 grade level could be somewhat of a challenge. Not so much with grades 5-8 but more so with the little ones. Most of the smaller kids won’t understand what you are talking about nor what you are trying to get them to notice when looking on the internet. Most of the little kids from K-1 can barely read so this type of information wouldn’t really phase them at that age. If I was being placed in the age range from grade 5-6 I believe there are many ways to incorporate this into the lessons.

As I read on the Ed Can fact sheet that Katia is an expert on, I took note of the many great strategies that were listed. I believe that when teaching children for what websites they should gather their information from they should remember to use verification websites so they are able to only read resourceful information. As teachers, we should continue to give the students examples of fake news websites and real/ resourceful information and have their minds determine which is which and explain how they know. This will allow the children to get practice on what to look for when they are trying to stay up to date with everything going on around the world. The would fit great into social studies in the curriculum with the current events.

I googled tips on how to properly teach students about digital literacy and the tips that showed up fit perfectly for the age range I needed them for. The students are usually 10-11 years old in the grades and are using technology a lot when they are at school and are at home. I believe the most important step is to teaching the students how to be safe and responsible online. Most importantly to teach them the importance of critical thinking and them not believing everything they read that may be on the internet.

Reading the comic article I love how it states that “I let the emotional cortex fight its little fight, And then I listen. And then I change. Because this universe of ours is so achingly beautiful. And we’re all in it together. We’re all going in the same direction. I’m not here to take control of the wheel. Or tell you what to do. I’m just here to tell you its okay to stop. To listen. To change”. To me, this indicated that everyone is going to have their own opinion but you should never force people to believe in what you believe in. News is constantly coming from everywhere and not everything is going to be true. We need to stop, look to make sure its REAL news and then try to find other articles on news websites to confirm.

In the TedED video, they state a lot of very useful information. I found it interesting when they stated: “if everyone is a reporter nobody is”. Many sources may only come from people that didn’t read the real information/ stories and are anonymous sources. To keep in mind it is important to teach our students to separate the facts from opinions. The video encouraged us to try checking for the latest information at several points in the day rather than every few minutes. Allowing for complete details to emerge and false reports to be refueded. We need to remember to verify the news before spreading it. We have so much freedom on the internet in today’s society. But with the freedom, we need to remember that it comes responsibility.

Oh, the news we can find on the web


  1. You make some graet points here! I think teaching students critical thinking is one of the most important tools for digital literacy. Asking lots of questions and taking a critical look at ANY information is important whether it’s online or just word of mouth. I agree that teaching digital literacy to really young students would be tricky, but I’m guessing there are a number of lesson plans geared towards the younger grades. At that point even just teaching students to understand the different between fact and fiction is a start. I really enjoyed reading your post!


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