Digital Literacy - 7th Grade

  • Welcome to computer lab! Students will have direct instruction in digital literacy skills for one trimester. 

    Course Description: Students will learn how to do fast and efficient web searches. They will learn to evaluate websites so that they are using the best and most current information online. They will use Google apps and other software to create well-designed digital projects. Their research will include the history and future of digital technology.

    Students will be able to choose effective keywords and narrow their searches using filters, advanced search options, and operators. They will learn how to avoid plagiarism and how to preserve their own creative rights, while practicing the word processing, presentation, publication, spreadsheet, and keyboarding skills that they need to be successful.

    Grading – The technology achievement grade will be based on the following: 

    • Unit tests and terminology quizzes - Students will be learning terminology related to media literacy and digital production. They will take two terminology tests during the trimester.
    • In-class projects will be completed using the skills described above. Daily projects are generally worth 10 points each, with longer term projects having much higher point values. Most projects will be completed during computer lab time. Very few projects will be printed. Some projects will be done individually, and some will be done in small groups. Often students will be given the option to complete a project individually or with a partner. Students will complete one major research project and share via presentation software.

    Behavior expectations – On the first day of class, students completed a sheet that described the expectations for behavior in the lab. Basically they are required to be responsible digital citizens, treat the equipment properly, and work on the projects that are assigned.