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Clay Library: Digital Literacies

Middle School and Upper School Library at FCDS


What is Digital Literacy?

The ability to find, consume, design, create, play and problem solve across multiple devices and platforms.



How Can I Help My Child Develop These Skills?

Every day offers an opportunity to build critical thinking and digital skills.  Allow your child to explore new information, hone reading and thinking skills, evaluate what they find, and talk about their findings. By using smartphones, tablets, and laptops, parents guide and support the development of lifelong literacy for their kids through technology. 

  • Encourage your child to READ everything on a screen.  Ask them what predications they can make about where links or menu items will take them.  Focus on "close reading" of any screen/page/information on a page.  Close reading (making sure to take in anything and everything on a page/site/app) focuses on deep analytical skills and helps students to identify, infer, inspect and construct new meaning in all aspects.
  • Allow children under 10 to read in chunks (no more than 500 words) or view videos in chunks (no more than 3-5 minutes) and ask them to write or jot down notes about what they saw or read and their thinking about what they consumed.
  • Avoid just showing your child "where" the icon is located or where the bookmark is located.  
  • Allow students to create in apps and or sites (Google products, drawing apps,)
  • Encourage your child to play digital citizenship games to practice safety on the internet.  Facebook recently launched their kid version, but there are plenty that you can use as well including Common Sense Media and BeInternetAwesome from Google.



Sample Bands

K-5 Skills

  1. Computer/Technology use and care
  2.  Identify and read links on a website (database)
  3. Identify and read (2+)  menu options on a website (database)
  4. Read and comprehend multiple lines of linear text and summarize the text
  5. Basic Keyboarding Skills (hand posture, left and right hand placement, shift, space bar, letters and numbers)
  6. Print (in multiple ways)
  7. Copy and paste text and images (in multiple ways)
  8. Crop, move and resize images
  9. Format text
  10. Share/Publish to teacher/parent
  11. Choose the right technology tool for the purpose 
  12. Explain and demonstrate proper use of passwords, online safety and know what to do when something is not right
  13. Design a search strategy

6-8 Skills

  1. Independently troubleshoot minor hardware problems
  2. Locate and identify where items are stored
  3. Embed and link files as appropriate
  4. Write, communicate and publish to the proper audience
  5. Layer images, texts, backgrounds, crop to shape and import images from multiple sources.
  6. Apply advanced formatting (page sizes and layouts) in a variety of tools
  7. Comment, review, highlight and annotate in programs
  8. Use number formats and extensions to complete tasks
  9. Export
  10. Familiarity with basic file extensions (png, jpg, doc, xls, sld, mp4 etc.)
  11. Create authentic presentations 
  12. Use a variety of painting and drawing tools and be able to insert, import or copy into other programs
  13. Use effective search strategies including beginning boolean logic and advanced search features
  14. Ethically use and attribute a variety of media in class assignments
  15. Edit and create video presentations
  16. Read more than 500 words of linear text and synthesize, summarize and extract information
  17. Use appropriate academic language in a variety of tools to communicate meaning and intent