Digital Literacy Tools – Introduction

Teaching takes time.  Planning lessons takes time.  And now it’s expected that teachers integrate digital literacy into their classroom.  But what does that mean?  What does it look like?  And more importantly, what resources can be used to integrate those skills?

Digital Literacy skills are required to make effective use of digital devices like laptops, smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers.  These skills will allow students to engage, express, collaborate, and communicate with their peers in a quickly changing world.

There are a wealth of tools out there to help teachers, but the nearly endless expanse of resources can feel overwhelming.  In the face of endless choices, it becomes difficult to make any choice at all.

A Short Introduction

This guide will introduce you to a number of useful tools that can be immediately integrated into your current lesson plans.  The only requirement is that students have access to a computer lab, a chrome book station, or their own personal devices.

In a world that is rapidly incorporating digital devices into everyday experiences it is integral we ensure our students have the skills for success, lest they find themselves left behind.

Note: Due to the limitations of school computers, you may find some of these tools do not work with specific web browsers.  Try using Chrome, Firefox, or even Internet Explorer before abandoning hope.

Looking Forward

There are a number of great tools to choose from.  Browse the curated top ten digital tools for classrooms list to increase the digital tools in your toolbox.

Part 1: Digital Literacy Tools – Introduction

Part 2: Top Ten Digital Tools for Classrooms

Part 3: More Digitial Tools for Classrooms

Part 4: Digital Tools – Further Reading