Introducing Digital Literacy Tools

The educator introduces learners to digital literacy tools.
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About this Micro-credential

Key Method

The educator plans and implements lessons and/or activities to assist students in developing essential skills related to digital literacy, including connecting to resources, people, and solutions.

Method Components

The ability to read and write has defined literacy for more than a hundred years (Richardson, 2010). These core abilities are still central to learning, but are no longer enough to ensure student understanding. Today’s students, with the “explosion of information and online technologies, demand a more complex definition of what it means to be literate” (Richardson 148). They need to possess digital literacy thinking skills in the Information, Media, and Technology Skills domain, as highlighted in the Framework for 21st Century Learning. These skills will allow students to be effective in the 21st century by enabling them to access, analyze, and evaluate the validity and reliability of information, solve real-life problems, and communicate content effectively, both locally and globally (Kivunja, 2015).

Students show they are proficient in Information, Media, and Technology Skills by displaying competencies in Digital Literacies, such as:


Accessing information:

  • Access information efficiently
    • Conduct a search using operators such as “site:”, “… “, and -
    • Access and use information ethically and legally
  • Evaluate the validity of sources
    • Examine the authors of the site or article
    • Differentiate between primary and secondary digital sources


Communicate information digitally with an audience:

  • Classify information and share with the appropriate audience
    • Select the appropriate platform to use for sharing information


Solve real-life problems:

  • Use information effectively to learn and create new knowledge
    • Research information on a given topic in order to solve personal, professional, or societal issues

Research & Resources

Supporting Research

  • Kivunja, Charles. “ERIC - Unpacking the Information, Media, and Technology Skills Domain of the New Learning Paradigm, International Journal of Higher Education, 2015.” ERIC. International Journal of Higher Education, n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2016.


Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1 and 3, as well as a “Yes” for Part 2.

Part 1. Overview questions

(300-word limit for each question)

Briefly describe the student population that you created the lesson plan for, including the following descriptors: grade level, demographics, number of students in each class, content area, and schedule (block, periods, etc.).

Describe the rationale for choosing the area of focus (resources, people, solutions) for your specified group of students.

  • Why did you choose this area of focus (resources, people, solutions) for your lesson with this group of students?
  • What strengths possessed by this group of students are you building on?
  • What area of digital literacy are you hoping to build upon with this lesson?

Part 2. Evidence/artifacts

(500-word limit)

Please submit a lesson plan and one supporting artifact (photo evidence, video evidence, or student work) that demonstrates student participation in a lesson that introduces learners to digital literacy tools.

The lesson will include a plan for students to engage in information, media, and technology skills related to digital literacy that may include connecting to resources, people, and solutions. The learning goal will be evident in the lesson plan as well as a plan to assess the learning goal.

Part 3. Reflection

(250-word limit)

Please reflect on the lesson plan by describing at least two positive outcomes of the plan, including:

  • What worked well? How did your plan assist your students in developing essential skills related to digital literacy?
  • What adjustments or modifications can be made to support a similar lesson on digital literacy in the future?

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