Getting Started with Questions of Digital Literacy

  • Selected Literacy Topics: Common Core Standards, Digital Literacies 
  • Capacity Building: Inquiry Stance
  • Sample Questions
    How do we ensure that all students are able to effectively use online resources to learn and to solve problems?
    How do we help students understand and responsibly manage their digital presence?
    What does effective integration of technology in instruction look like in the ________ discipline?
    How do we strengthen students' ability to create and communicate for various purposes and using a variety of tools and media? 

    We are all challenged by issues related to the new literacies that evolve as new technologies are taken up in the mainstream. Ultimately, we need to take the next steps that move beyond having access to digital tools in the classroom toward effective digital teaching and learning.  Many groups associated with the National Center for Literacy Education and from across the 30+ stakeholder organizations are wrestling with varied aspects of teaching and learning in the digital age. While some strategies and questions are appropriate for any discipline, other strategies and questions will be discipline specific. Regardless, we have much to learn from one another.

    These resources are meant to be starting points for digging into the topic of digital literacy.

    Before you begin:

    • Use evidence to name a key question that will lead to strengthened teaching and learning.
    • Establish a set of steps toward addressing the question, perhaps incorporating one or more of the resources below.
    • Use templates such as NCLE's Inquiry Guide and tools such as the Questions that Matter Primer for formalizing this process. 


    Consider the following to begin digging into questions of digital literacy:

    ISTE Standards for Students (With colleagues, determine which standards are in need of strengthening and name an inquiry question to begin this process.)

    Critical Lessons and Playful Literacies: Digital Media in the PK-2 Classroom by Husbye, et al. (a journal article illustrating the intersections of play, literacy, and technology in the primary grades) or Enter Here: Personal Narrative and Digital Storytelling by Sara Kajder (a journal article of high school students engaging through digital media).

    Fair Use and Digital Learning by Renee Hobbs. (This book chapter discusses the impact of fair use policy digital teaching and learning.)

    Giving Students Ownership through Mashups by Bill Bass. (This blog describes the use of remix tools and challenges the reader to consider how this use applies to student learning.)

    Conversational protocols guide collaborative discussions. Try the Four A's protocol for discussing a shared reading or the Thinking Lenses protocol for considering digital tool implementation within a lesson.

    Share your team's story of collaboration and inquiry by joining the
    NCLE network of collaborative teams.