10 Lessons in Digital Literacy

10 Lessons in Digital Literacy

This e-booklet contains a collection of ten lesson plans to help you develop students' digital literacies and critical thinking skills. Based around authentic infographics the lessons start by using discussion to help students access what they already know about the topics and then move on to comprehension and a range of tasks that help students to explore the validity and authenticity of the information they find. They finish with structured research and presentation tasks that encourage students to work collaboratively and share what they have learned. The lessons progress through a range of tasks that engage student’s interest, encourage them to: -: interact and share what they know -: develop their abilities to extract information from text and graphics -: view information critically -: check the credibility and validity of information -: develop online research skills -: use web based tools to create surveys and data visualisations The lessons cover a range of topics including: -: Advertising and how it influences us -: Body language and how to understand it -: Introverts and extroverts and how they differ -: Emotional intelligence and how it impacts on our relationships -: Facts about hair -: Happiness and what effects it -: Developing study skills -: The environment and waste caused by clothes manufacturing -: Daily habits of the world's wealthiest people -: The history of marriage and weddings Each lesson includes: -: A step by step teachers guide with advice and answer key -: Worksheets to print for students
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Thinking Critically through Digital Media

Thinking Critically through Digital Media

In a world where anyone with an internet connection can access, create and share information, opinions and beliefs, it has become increasingly important that students are not only able to assess the credibility of sources but also to look more deeply at the underlying motivations, beliefs and bias of the creator. Thinking Critically through Digital Media enables teachers to use authentic materials and digital tools combined with motivating communicative tasks to develop students’ abilities to function as critical and well informed digital citizens. The book contains a wide range of tasks, activities and 10 complete lesson/project plans that teachers can use to help students understand visually presented information, how and why the information was collected, research and check the validity of the sources on which the information was based and think about and share how the materials relate to their own lives.
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10 Lessons in Digital Literacy

10 Lessons in Digital Literacy

This e-booklet contains a collection of ten lesson plans to help you develop students' digital literacies and critical thinking skills. Based around authentic infographics the lessons start by using discussion to help students access what they already know about the topics and then move on to comprehension and a range of tasks that help students to explore the validity and authenticity of the information they find. They finish with structured research and presentation tasks that encourage students to work collaboratively and share what they have learned. The lessons progress through a range of tasks that engage student’s interest, encourage them to: -: interact and share what they know -: develop their abilities to extract information from text and graphics -: view information critically -: check the credibility and validity of information -: develop online research skills -: use web based tools to create surveys and data visualisations The lessons cover a range of topics including: -: Advertising and how it influences us -: Body language and how to understand it -: Introverts and extroverts and how they differ -: Emotional intelligence and how it impacts on our relationships -: Facts about hair -: Happiness and what effects it -: Developing study skills -: The environment and waste caused by clothes manufacturing -: Daily habits of the world's wealthiest people -: The history of marriage and weddings Each lesson includes: -: A step by step teachers guide with advice and answer key -: Worksheets to print for students
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Digital Tools for Teachers

Digital Tools for Teachers

This book has been written and designed primarily with English language teachers in mind though the majority of the resources and tools contained in the book will have much wider use than just language teaching. The book contains more than 70 tools and resources and these have been hand picked because they represent a broad cross-section of what is at present available. The chapters of the book are divided into simple pedagogical tasks that most teachers need to carry out or help their students with and the descriptions of the resources are suitably concise to make the book easy for a stressed teacher to access and browse in a few spare moments between classes. The sites, apps and resources within the book have been divided into the following chapters: Reading Tools Writing Tools Speaking Tools Listening Tools Grammar Tools Presentation Tools Poll & Survey Tools Infographic Tools Course Creation Tools At present each chapter contains between 5 – 10 different sites that have been selected to help you make a quick choice of the tools you need. All of the tools and resources selected for the book are either free or have a usable permanent freemium offering, so you will never be forced to pay for any of these resources in order to sustain the work you are doing with your students. Over the coming years it is my intention to regularly review and expand on the contents of this book. If you would like to be involved and assist in this process you can do so by: Suggesting tools to be included in future editions Writing an entry about a tool you have used and found useful Reporting a dead link or a tool or resource that has become commercially unviable for teachers Reporting a typo or factual error. Anyone who contributes in any of the ways above will get a brief mention in the next edition of the book along with a link to their own blog or website.
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Thinking Critically through Digital Media

Thinking Critically through Digital Media

In a world where anyone with an internet connection can access, create and share information, opinions and beliefs, it has become increasingly important that students are not only able to assess the credibility of sources but also to look more deeply at the underlying motivations, beliefs and bias of the creator. Thinking Critically through Digital Media enables teachers to use authentic materials and digital tools combined with motivating communicative tasks to develop students’ abilities to function as critical and well informed digital citizens. The book contains a wide range of tasks, activities and 10 complete lesson/project plans that teachers can use to help students understand visually presented information, how and why the information was collected, research and check the validity of the sources on which the information was based and think about and share how the materials relate to their own lives.
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Exploiting Infographics - For Digital Literacy & Critical Thinking

Exploiting Infographics - For Digital Literacy & Critical Thinking

This ebook was designed with English language teachers in mind but should have some value for any teacher who is interested in developing their students’ digital literacy and critical thinking skills. The book contains a wide range of suggested activities for both the creation and exploitation of infographics in the classroom. It also helps teachers with tips and advice on how to plan and create infographics and suggestions for which tools to use to produce different types of infographic. Exploiting Infographics follows on from 10 Lessons in Digital Literacy, which is a collection of lesson plans based around infographics, and looks in more depth at the genre and how infographics can be used as both sources of information and as creative learning tasks for students. The tasks that accompany the infographics are intended to encourage students to think more critically about the information they are exposed to and to question the sources of information they find whilst browsing the internet. Exploiting Infographics should help teachers to start creating their own tasks activities and lesson plans for students and to integrate infographics in a way that will enhance students’ critical thinking, digital literacy, language and communication skills.
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10 Lessons in Digital Literacy

10 Lessons in Digital Literacy

This e-booklet contains a collection of ten lesson plans to help you develop students' digital literacies and critical thinking skills. Based around authentic infographics the lessons start by using discussion to help students access what they already know about the topics and then move on to comprehension and a range of tasks that help students to explore the validity and authenticity of the information they find. They finish with structured research and presentation tasks that encourage students to work collaboratively and share what they have learned. The aims of the lessons are to: -: develop student's digital literacies -: help them to think more critically about online information -: develop their ability discuss and develop ideas around information and understand how it applies to their own lives. The lessons progress through a range of tasks that engage student’s interest, encourage them to: -: interact and share what they know -: develop their abilities to extract information from text and graphics -: view information critically -: check the credibility and validity of information -: develop online research skills -: use web based tools to create surveys and data visualisations The lessons cover a range of topics including: -: Advertising and how it influences us -: Body language and how to understand it -: Introverts and extroverts and how they differ -: Emotional intelligence and how it impacts on our relationships -: Facts about hair -: Happiness and what effects it -: Developing study skills -: The environment and waste caused by clothes manufacturing -: Daily habits of the world's wealthiest people -: The history of marriage and weddings Each lesson includes: -: A step by step teachers guide with advice and answer key -: Worksheets to print for students
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Breakfast around the World - Lessons in Digital Literacy

Breakfast around the World - Lessons in Digital Literacy

In the lesson students will find out about the different things people usually have for breakfast in different countries and they will develop an awareness of the importance of having a good breakfast. Aims: To develop students’ abilities to think critically and form informed opinions. To develop students’ abilities to understand statistical information. To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information. To develop students’ abilities to carry out and create online research and to represent their findings visually. To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings.
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A World without Magnets - Lessons in Digital Literacy

A World without Magnets - Lessons in Digital Literacy

This lesson is based on an infographic about magnets. The infographics contains a range of facts and statistics as well as some information about magnets and how they are used. In the lesson students will find out about the different uses of magnets and why they are so important. The plan also includes a number of research tasks that develop students’ abilities to create and carry out online research, create online questionnaires and share their research by creating infographics, presentations and reports. The files include a complete step by step lesson plan with printable worksheet and a presentation.
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Breakfast around the World - Lessons in Digital Literacy

Breakfast around the World - Lessons in Digital Literacy

In the lesson students will find out about the different things people usually have for breakfast in different countries and they will develop an awareness of the importance of having a good breakfast. Aims: To develop students’ abilities to think critically and form informed opinions. To develop students’ abilities to understand statistical information. To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information. To develop students’ abilities to carry out and create online research and to represent their findings visually. To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings.
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Emotional Intelligence - Lessons in Digital Literacy

Emotional Intelligence - Lessons in Digital Literacy

This lesson is based on an infographic about the importance of emotional intelligence (EI) and its role in our lives. In the lesson students will explore the differences between IQ and EI and develop an understanding of how they can improve their EI and how doing this can benefit them. Aims: To develop students’ understanding of EI and its importance. To develop students’ abilities to study and research effectively using digital tools. To develop students’ abilities to read and understand visual information. To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information. To develop students’ abilities to carry out online research and to represent their findings visually. To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings. The lesson files include: Step by step lesson plan and answer key Presentation Photocopiable worksheets
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Perceptions of Advertising - Lessons in Digital Literacy

Perceptions of Advertising - Lessons in Digital Literacy

This lesson plan is based on an infographic that reports on a survey into advertising, people’s attitudes to it and how it influences them. Aims: To develop students’ abilities to think critically and form informed opinions. To develop students’ abilities to study and research effectively using digital tools. To develop students’ abilities to read and understand visual information. To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information. To develop students’ abilities to carry out online research and to represent their findings visually. To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings. The materials in this plan can be used in different ways. The first four tasks can be used independently as a simple reading and discussion lesson. The final four tasks can be used selectively to develop various digital skills. This lesson contains eight tasks: A discussion task that gets students thinking about advertisements and how they influence their behavior. A reading task that develops students’ abilities to scan text for specific information A reading task that develops students’ abilities to check and confirm information. A discussion task that gives students the opportunity to reflect on the information and apply it to their own lives. A social research task that gets students to create an online questionnaire to find out about people’s attitudes to advertising. A research task that gets students to check the accuracy of information .A research task that gets students to research the advertising techniques used by various companies. A writing task that gives students the opportunity to consolidate their learning in the form of a blog article.
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Emotional Intelligence - Lessons in Digital Literacy

Emotional Intelligence - Lessons in Digital Literacy

This lesson is based on an infographic about the importance of emotional intelligence (EI) and its role in our lives. In the lesson students will explore the differences between IQ and EI and develop an understanding of how they can improve their EI and how doing this can benefit them. Aims: To develop students’ understanding of EI and its importance. To develop students’ abilities to study and research effectively using digital tools. To develop students’ abilities to read and understand visual information. To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information. To develop students’ abilities to carry out online research and to represent their findings visually. To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings. The lesson files include: Step by step lesson plan and answer key Presentation Photocopiable worksheets
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