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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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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Careers for Introverts & Extroverts - Lessons in Digital Literacy

Careers for Introverts & Extroverts - Lessons in Digital Literacy

This lesson is based on an infographic about the characteristics of introverts and extroverts and how these factors effect the kinds of work they choose to do. In the lesson students will explore their views of what makes someone an introvert or extrovert. They will study an infographic which links the characteristics of each to different types of jobs and reflect on how the information applies to their own lives. The plan includes a number of research tasks that develop students’ abilities to create and carry out online research and create online questionnaires. There is also a reporting tasks which help student to develop the ability to analyze, synergize and share information as written text. The files include a complete step by step lesson plan with printable worksheet and a presentation.
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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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The Science of Happiness - Lessons in Digital Literacy

The Science of Happiness - Lessons in Digital Literacy

This lesson is based on an infographic about happiness and the factors that effect our happiness.In the lesson students will explore their views of what makes them happy and discover some of the science behind what happiness is and the factors that create and effect it. Aims: 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 five tasks can be used selectively depending on the aims of your lesson. This lesson contains nine tasks: A discussion task which gets students thinking around the topic. A reading task which develops students’ abilities to check information. A reading task which encourages students to look more carefully at the information. A discussion task which gives students the opportunity to formulate a personal response to the information they have studied. A research task which gets students to check and explore the authenticity of sources. A research task which gets students to check the validity of the information in the infographic. A research task which gets students to find out more about Maslow and the hierarchy of needs. A social research task which gets students to create an online questionnaire to research happiness. A writing task which gives students the opportunity to consolidate their learning in the form of a magazine article.
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Digital Tools Series - Movenote

Digital Tools Series - Movenote

MoveNote is a great tool for getting your presentations online. It enables you to add a talking head with voiceover to guide your students through the materials. These can be embedded into online courses or webpages. It's ideal for creating flipped learning. In this document you can find: -: a step by step guide showing how to use it -: a video tutorial that you can show to students -: lots of suggestions and ideas for using it as part of an online course.
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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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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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The History of Weddings - Lessons in Digital Literacy

The History of Weddings - Lessons in Digital Literacy

This lesson is based on an infographic about weddings, their history and some related customs and practices. Source: http://www.moissanite.com/a-brief-history-of-weddings In the lesson students will explore their opinions of weddings and marriage and discover some new information about the origins of various customs. There are also four online research tasks which encourage students to develop a range of digital literacies including checking sources, checking the validity of information and researching new information and building infographics around it. You can choose one for your students to do or if you prefer get them to do all four. You could also split your class into four and get one group to do each task and then share their findings. The final task is a social research task that encourages students to create their own questionnaire to explore the attitudes of their social media contacts after which they produce an infographic from the results. The files include a complete step by step lesson plan with printable worksheet and a presentation.
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Digital Tools Series - MailVu

Digital Tools Series - MailVu

MailVu is a great free tool for creating asynchronous interaction in either an online course or as part of a blended learning unit of work. It enables asynchronous interaction with just a web-browser and a webcam or there is a free mobile app that runs on most platforms. In this document you can find: -: a step by step guide showing how to use it -: a video tutorial that you can show to students -: lots of suggestions and ideas for using it in the classroom or as part of an online course.
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Digital Tools Series - Wideo

Digital Tools Series - Wideo

Wideo is a great tool for creating simple animated movies. It enables you to create a range of teaching materials that explain simple theories. It’s also easy enough to use to get students creating their own animations. In this document you can find: -: a step by step guide showing how to use it -: a video tutorial that you can show to students -: lots of suggestions and ideas for using it as part of a face-to-face, blended or online course.
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Digital Tools Series - TedEd

Digital Tools Series - TedEd

TED Ed is a great tool for creating online lessons around videos. It enables you to structure a sequence of interactive activities around the video clip that guides the viewer towards a deeper understanding of the content. It’s an ideal tool for building blended learning. In this document you can find: -: a step by step guide showing how to use it -: a video tutorial that shows you how to make the activities -: some suggestions and ideas for using it in the classroom or as part of an online course.
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Digital Tools Series - TedEd

Digital Tools Series - TedEd

TED Ed is a great tool for creating online lessons around videos. It enables you to structure a sequence of interactive activities around the video clip that guides the viewer towards a deeper understanding of the content. It’s an ideal tool for building blended learning. In this document you can find: -: a step by step guide showing how to use it -: a video tutorial that shows you how to make the activities -: some suggestions and ideas for using it in the classroom or as part of an online course.
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Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers

Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers

This ebook is 53 pages long and was originally published in 2009 so some of thetools are a bit out of date, but the ideas can still be used. This document is intended as simple introduction to some free Web 2.0 type tools that can be used by teachers who are interested in using technology in language teaching. The tools presented here are just the tip of the iceberg and this should not be considered in anyway conclusive or even the ʻbest ofʼ Web 2.0 tools. New tools are emerging all the time, many not originally intended for education, but which can be put to good use by students and teachers alike to extent opportunities, enhance learning potential and develop the level of digital literacy that students will need for the 21st century.
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Digital Classrooms - Movenote

Digital Classrooms - Movenote

MoveNote is a great tool for getting your presentations online. It enables you to add a talking head with voiceover to guide your students through the materials. These can be embedded into online courses or webpages. In this document you can find: -: a step by step guide showing how to use it -: a video tutorial that you can show to students -: lots of suggestions and ideas for using it as part of an online course. You can find 16 more documents like this in my ebook - Digital Video - A Manual for Language Teachers. The complete book deals with a wide range of video related areas as well as containing more than 40 step by step lesson plans guiding you through video based classroom and online activities as well as showing you how to develop your own lessons and activities.
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Digital Tools Series - Wideo

Digital Tools Series - Wideo

Wideo is a great tool for creating simple animated movies. It enables you to create a range of teaching materials that explain simple theories. It’s also easy enough to use to get students creating their own animations. In this document you can find: -: a step by step guide showing how to use it -: a video tutorial that you can show to students -: lots of suggestions and ideas for using it as part of a face-to-face, blended or online course.
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