Educational Design and Technology

Technology Literacy

NYS Technology Literacy is defined as:

  • The understanding of the concepts behind computing equipment, network connectivity, and application software;
  • The skills to responsibly use appropriate technology to access, synthesize, evaluate, communicate, and create information to solve problems and improve learning in all subject areas; and
  • The ability to acquire new knowledge for on-going and lifelong learning in the 21st century global workplace.

Technology literate students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of concepts underlying hardware, software, networking connectivity and in use of computers and applications,
  2. demonstrate understanding of ethics and safety issues in using electronic media and responsible use of technology, and,
  3. use technology for communication, research and collaboration and problem-solving. With proficient technology skills, students should be able to locate, collect, synthesize, and evaluate information from a variety of digital sources, and to use telecommunications and other media to interact or collaborate with peers, experts, and other audiences.

Literacy for the 21st Century: An Overview & Orientation Guide to Media Literacy Educationexternal link The tool provides educators with a lively introduction to media literacy's educational underpinnings. Literacy for the 21st Century is an invaluable reference for teachers, media librarians, curriculum developers, researchers and anyone who wants to understand what media literacy is all about and/or explain it to others. It is Part I of CML's educational framework, the CML MediaLit Kitexternal link which identifies and describes the theory, practice and implementation of media literacy in preK-12 education.

CML MediaLit Kit external link The main purpose of the kit is to provide a vision and directions for successfully introducing media literacy in classrooms and community groups from preK to college. The CML MediaLit Kit™, as a collection of practical tools, consists of three main documents which can be used individually or together, for training workshops, in-services, library reference and parent/community education as well as in the K-12 classroom. 

Media Education: A Kit for Teachers, Students, Parents and Professionals external link This kit proposes a prototype of media education curriculum for the basic qualification of secondary school teachers. It includes answers for many questions related to Media education such as What should Media education be like? Who should provide it? How should it be included in a curriculum? etc. The kit includes not only a teachers’ manual and accompanying students’ handbook, but also a manual for parents as well as a handbook on ethical relations with professionals and one on internet literacy. 

Media Literacy 101external link Media Literacy is a good resource for parents and teachers who want to expand their knowledge about the key five concepts of media literacy. The website includes the explanation of each concept and provides ways to talk with and to teach kings about the components of media literacy. 

Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology (CARET) external link CARET is a research-based tool that can help educators to make informed decisions about using technology in classrooms. It can be used during process of developing technology plans, recommending technology expenditures, and evaluating approaches to curriculum integration.

SOS for Information Literacy external link provides a searchable collection of resources and lesson plans for teaching information literacy.

Last Updated: March 31, 2015