In alignment to Board Rule R277-700-5, part of being digital literate is more than just exposure to technology. Digital literacy plays a vital role in defining a student’s ability to succeed both in school and throughout their lives. Students who are digital literate develop important life skills that lead to a deeper understanding of the digital world and curate content in a way that is useful and relatable.
Students who develop digital literacy skills improve the quality of their schoolwork by being able to access the World Wide Web for online resources include lecture videos, library databases, and teacher-student communication.
The Digital Literacy course that is taught in Grades 7 or 8, encompasses 21st-century skills related to the effective and appropriate use of technology.
Digital Literacy Methods Workshop
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Strands and Standards
This course is a foundation to the digital world that provides a broad understanding of key applications, computing fundamentals, and living online. This course is aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) for Students, the K-12 Computer Science Standards, and industry standards for Digital Literacy Certification.
In the strands and standards, you will find performance skills. In an effort to increase the Digital Literacy course, the performance standards were added to the course in 2020 to ensure that all student acquire the same level of quality education throughout the state. The performance skills allow for all students to receive the same consistent rigor and equity. By including performance standards, we are preparing students for the Digital Studies high school requirement by familiarizing students to performance skills early. Performance skills are not designed to be the entire course, are not meant to be stand-alone standards, and are not meant to be used for validity. The performance skills are designed to ensure equity from educator to educator. Performance skills work in conjunction with the strands and standards for the entire Digital Literacy course.
The endorsements listed below are available to assist teachers in becoming qualified to teach Digital Literacy. These endorsements can only be given to teachers with an Elementary and/or Secondary licenses.
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Racheal Routt, Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7946 | Fax: (801) 538-7868 | E-mail
Ashely Higgs, Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7594 | Fax: (801) 538-7868 | E-mail
Kristina Yamada, Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-784 | Fax: (801) 538-7868 | E-mail
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Digital Literacy List
The Digital Literacy mailing list is for teachers teaching Utah's Digital Literacy course. Information regarding curriculum updates, workshops, school plans, teaching strategies, etc. will be shared.
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