Eight days of digital literacy: New strategies for the K-3 classroom
Stefanie Onieal, Burris Laboratory School, United States ; Jennifer Palilonis, Ball State University, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Amsterdam, Netherlands ISBN 978-1-939797-42-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
As digital literacy becomes more important for all learners, it has become critical to provide instructional support for educators, especially those teaching in the K-5 classroom. However, research has shown that although most teachers understand the need for increased emphasis on digital literacy in the K-5 classroom, there is a paucity of resources and professional development available to support them in those efforts. To overcome these challenges, we introduce a novel digital literacy intervention designed to provide K-5 teachers and students with a foundation for fostering a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning. Additionally, the intervention – titled “Eight Days of Digital Literacy with Professor Garfield” – leverages the popularity of one of the world’s most well-known and beloved cartoon characters. A pilot study found that students’ understanding and confidence about digital literacy significantly improved as a result of the “Eight days…” intervention. Likewise, this paper discusses cross-curricular pedagogical strategies that were developed to ensure that participants would retain the information learned during the “Eight days…” intervention.
Onieal, S. & Palilonis, J. (2019). Eight days of digital literacy: New strategies for the K-3 classroom. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 1595-1603). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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