A Canadian Digital Literacy Curriculum from MediaSmarts

April 6, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

MediaSmarts has released new resources to support teaching digital literacy within a Canadian Framework.

The selected paragraphs below are reproduced from a post by Matthew Johnson, titled Use,  Understand, & Create: Towards a Comprehensive Canadian Digital Literacy curriculum:

“Whether it’s to prepare for the future job market or just to manage the lives they already lead online, young Canadians need to be digitally literate. But what exactly is digital literacy, and how can we ensure that all Canadian youth are learning the digital skills they need? At MediaSmarts, our definition is based on the core principles of media literacy: just as a media literate person is able to understand and actively engage with media texts, and also knows the fundamentals of media production, a digitally literate person is able to use, understand and create digital media. Those outcomes are the basis of our latest resource, Use, Understand & Create: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools (K-8).

We needed to find out what digital literacy skills Canadian youth were already learning in different provinces and territories. This issue is explored in our new research paper Mapping Digital Literacy Policy and Practice in the Canadian Landscape, written for MediaSmarts by Michael Hoechsmann and Helen DeWaard.

Based on this analysis, we developed a model curriculum that provides a framework for integrating digital literacy in Canadian schools. The framework draws on our research to identify six key aspects of digital literacy and provides 52 lessons and interactive resources, linked to curriculum expectations for every province and territory to help teachers bring them into the classroom. The six aspects of digital literacy are

  1. Finding and Verifying
  2. Ethics and Empathy
  3. Privacy and Security:
  4. Digital Health
  5. Consumer Awareness
  6. Community Engagement

Totally check all of this out!


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