Digital literacy is the ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and analyze information using digital technology. It involves a working knowledge of current high-technology, and an understanding of how it can be used. Further, digital literacy involves a consciousness of the technological forces that affect culture and human behavior. Digitally literate people can communicate and work more efficiently, especially with those who possess the same knowledge and skills.

Research around digital literacy is concerned with wider aspects associated with learning how to effectively find, use, summarize, evaluate, create, and communicate information while using digital technologies, not just being literate at using a computer.

Searching & Researching

  • Understand the importance of using a variety of search strategies
  • Master new strategies for effective and efficient online searches
  • Learn and use methods to narrow online searches

Safety & Security

  • There is 'stranger danger' on the Internet.
  • Teenagers may be tech savvy, but they are not relationship savvy.
  • Identity theft is real and we must guard against it
  • Scam artists use the Internet to access private information. (Phishing)
  • Companies collect several types of information about us when we go online
  • We must think critically about the benefits and risks of online tracking and targeting.


  • Digital life is important.
  • Rules for good citizenship apply offline as well as online
  • Be respectful to yourself and others.
  • Privacy - yours and others.
  • Your digital footprint is up to you!
  • Respecting creative work is a must. Creative commons, copyright and fair use are not the same.

Instructional Resources


Cyberbullying videos
Internet Safety
Social Networking and Virtual Worlds
Digital Citizenship
Online Research and Learning


Google Three Prong Approach
Common Sense Media

Learn how to help yourself and your students become digitally literate! Presentation will focus on productive searching and researching, safety and security online and respectful use and interactions in digital environments. These days you are what the Internet says (or doesn’t say) about you!