Digital Literacy & Learning Resources

Updated 11/7/19

We must prepare our students for the un-imagined future by providing opportunities to fail, adapt, and persevere. As the future continually unfolds, they must be able to understand how to apply processes that allow for problem identification, solution design, and experimentation for success. Mastering the components of digital literacy provides the foundation for this knowledge.

There are many definitions that encompass the meaning, impact, and importance of Digital Literacy in today’s educational environment.  We define Digital Literacy as:

  • The ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use, construct, and express information.
  • The ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computational devices.
  • A person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment.
  • Digital Literacy includes the ability to read and interpret media and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments.

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Common Sense Media Digital Literacy

Common Sense Educator Toolkit – News Media

Common Sense Media – How Young People Perceive and Impacted by News

Computer Science Standards and Resources at CDE

Cybersecurity Resources

Cyberwise Digital Literacy Hub

Digital Literacy and ESSA

ISTE Student Standards



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“Digital Citizenship is character education in a Networked world”  –  MediaSmarts

Responsible digital citizenship includes the ability to use the Internet safely. Knowledge and awareness are the building blocks of this new responsibility and a source of self-protection for young people who explore the world online.

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA),  mandates schools to provide education for minors about Internet safety. This includes appropriate online behavior, interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.

Peruse the links below to view high-quality resources to assist in educating students about internet safety,  social media netiquette, and cyberbullying. Games, videos, and simulations are used to guide students to become responsible digital citizens.


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Formative Assessments  
Presentation Tools

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Ensure that you and your students are using copyright free images and photos.  We as educators, must also lead by example and make sure that we model ethical and appropriate ways to cite work and give credit where credit is due.

Pics4Learning     My favorite site for students to obtain photos – free, safe image searching.  Copyright information is available with any photo.

Pixabay   Over 1 million+ high-quality free stock images and videos shared by their community.

Edupics     There is a selection of coloring pages, pictures, photographs, and handicrafts.Everything has been classified in themes which are commonly used in primary education.The coloring pages are specially designed to be used throughout the year at school

Photos for Class       After you search, click on a thumbnail and the photo downloads with the copyright information as a caption on the photo.

flickrCC     This is a good place to start when looking for Creative Commons images. The panel on the left displays a collage of the first 36 photos matching your search term. Click on any of these thumbnails to get a slightly larger image and the attribution details displayed on the right. Right-click the image and choose a size. Most photos have small, medium and large sizes. Next, hit “save image as” and save it in a folder. Above the photo, you’ll find attribution text that must be included with any work you produce using the picture. (ISTE 2017)

Royalty Free Sounds  – Soundzabound!

Library Research Guide University of Dayton    Lists of copyright-free and public domain image sites


Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances.  Section 107 of the Copyright Act (Limitations on Exclusive Rights), provides the statutory framework for determining whether something is fair use and identifies certain types of uses.

When deciding if your use of copyrighted materials is allowed there are four factors to consider:

  • the purpose and character of your use
  • the nature of the copyrighted work
  • the amount and substantiality of the portion taken, and
  • the effect of the use upon the potential market.

Additional information and resources are linked below for your use. Review the Fair Use Checklist and the guidelines linked below to determine whether your use of copyright materials is allowed.  Always err on the side of caution when considering copying and posting materials under consideration.  One other note – check with your school district’s policy regarding copyrighted materials.

Fair Use Checklist to print    Checklist

Using the Fair Use Checklist – Columbia University Copyright Quick Guide

Fair Use versus guidelines explained

Info from U.S. government copyright office:


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Primary sources are original items or records that have survived from the past, such as clothing letters, photographs, and manuscripts…they are part of a direct personal experience of a time or event. Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience (from The Library of Congress). For a plethora of primary source resources, visit Digital Primary Sources at the Colorado Virtual Library.

Digital Primary Sources


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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.
National Cybersecurity Awareness
Dyslexia Awareness Month


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The Learning Edge Newsletter is where you can find information on digital learning applications, educational workshops & conferences, and more! Check back frequently for updates on education news and resources! Go to Learning Edge Newsletters to read each edition.