"Is everything on the Internet true, and what is a virus?" are some of the questions addressed by the much-loved character Ruff Ruffman, in this animated video from RUFF RUFFMAN: HUMBLE MEDIA GENIUS. With his uniquely comical style, Ruff helps guide students in responsibly navigating the twenty-first-century skill of using online technology. This resource is part of the RUFF RUFFMAN: HUMBLE MEDIA GENIUS Collection. This video can be played to introduce a lesson on validating and identifying the purpose of digital content.
Digital literacy is about finding, evaluating, using, and creating digital content in meaningful and responsible ways. It requires thinking skills and technical abilities. You can use a range of strategies to develop digital literacy in your school.
This site has great resources for how to find digital content, how to evaluate digital content, using digital content in meaningful ways, creating digital content, and responsible use - copyright and attribution. The resources can be selected from the site by teachers and shared with students or students can be directed to this site.
The internet contains a wealth of information. This information can be used to learn about new things or to verify facts. However, much of the information on the internet is either biased in some way or incorrect.
Information that is biased or incorrect loses its value. When information has no value, it is of no use to us. We need to be able to distinguish between information that is valuable (of use to us) and that which is not.