Lower School Digital Literacy Curriculum
The Lower School Digital Literacy Curriculum
The CDNIS Lower School Digital Literacy Curriculum is designed as a tool to help teachers to develop learning environment for students to engage in technology enhanced programs. Based on Dr. John Turner’s research, digital literacy is more than knowing how to perform the skills. It’s about connecting and collaborating in ways you didn’t even know were possible. Digital literacy supports our school’s Project Innovate and future learning education. The curriculum has been updated this year to provide more tools for teachers and a rubric is set up to help students to assess their use of technology to develop new learning opportunities for themselves. Students are going to use the rubric to do a self-assessment of their digital literacy level and write a reflective post with supporting evidence on their portfolio twice a year. Teachers are going to give feedback for assessment based on the rubric.
Technology use should be focused on the following seven areas:
Planning, Adapting, Organising, Creating, Solving, Connecting, and Digital Citizenship
The following charts with the strands and the guiding questions aim on giving teachers and students a way to assess and reflect on their use of technology.
Gr.4-6 Upper Primary Digital Literacy Strands and Guiding Questions:
Gr.1-3 Lower Primary Digital Literacy Strands and Guiding Questions:
Digital citizenship is an important part of the curriculum that can help develop a safe and positive culture at the school. Students in Gr.1-6 use videos from Common Sense Media and other sources to discuss real challenges when navigating online and using their devices for learning. Respect, Responsible and Safe are the three main parts in digital citizenship. After discussions, students develop their class essential agreements that address internet safety, care of devices and digital footprints.
Here is a visual map to show how digital lessons (Digi-time) are designed to support Gr.5-6 Units of Inquiry.
To help supporting teachers and students with digital literacy, our curriculum includes supporting learning resources for core apps with their main purposes. Lesson plans and on-going professional development are provided for teachers to use in classes to support learning. The following core apps and lessons are examples of materials to help teachers integrate technology into their curriculum.