5 tools for developing web literacy

The Mozilla web literacy map conceptualizes digital literacy as a set of three intertwined strands of competencies: exploring, building, and connecting. Each competency has a set of subskills that guide educators in selecting meaningful activities to develop students’ web literacy. Below are five activities that relate to one or more of the skills highlighted in the web literacy map.

Exploring: Search– Search SharkCapture

This module is part of Common Sense Media’s Digital Passport curriculum for 3rd-5th
graders. It teaches students how to use high-quality keywords to find information on the Internet. Students play a game to guide their “Search Shark” to the best keywords swimming in the ocean. Included with the module is a lesson plan for educators to use when introducing the activity.

Exploring: Credibility– The Credibility Challenge

This lesson plan from the Annenberg Institute teaches upper elementary and middle school students how to evaluate the credibility of websites. Students apply their new knowledge about URLs, authorship, and sponsorship to critically examine the credibility of websites of diverse quality.

Building: Coding– https://studio.code.org/

CaptureCreated by engineers from Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter, these tutorials teach the basics of computer science for students of all ages, including pre-readers. Students learn the logic behind coding by creating authentic products such as interactive visuals and computer games. The teacher dashboard allows instructors to monitor student progress.


Connecting: Sharing
– Kidblog

This platform allows students to learn the basics of blogging and begin sharing their ideas online under the moderation of their teacher. Potential projects include book clubs, math problem-solving journals, science notebooks, and digital portfolios.

Connecting: Privacy– Data Trail Timeline

This activity tasks middle and high school students with identifying ways that their personal information is collected through participation in everyday activities (both on- and off-line). Students construct and share timelines that include each of these data points.

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