Digital Literacy & Innovation
King School Faculty and students use technology deliberately to enhance teaching and learning and prepare students with the digital literacies they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
Digital literacies are skills and mindsets for effectively navigating digital media, evaluating them, engaging in them, and creating with them.
Teachers across all grades and subjects share responsibility for integrating technology into coursework in ways that help develop digital literacy. Every division also offers instruction in computer science, digital applications, digital citizenship, and information literacy, along with programming for parents on shaping students’ healthy relationships with digital media. You may read more about these programs by expanding the panels below.
Digital Citizenship means using technology to put our best selves forward and improve society.
Elementary Digital Citizenship lessons begin in Grade 3 and continue each year thereafter. Lessons frequently are drawn from the Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Topics include:
- Online communities
- Online commerce
- Online communication
- Protecting privacy online
- Critically evaluating marketing messages and digitally altered images
- Developing positive online identities
Middle and Upper Schools
Digital Citizenship is a theme in Life Skills classes taught by School Counselors to middle and high school students in Grades 6-9 and 11. Topics include:
- Digital footprints
- Media and body image
- Being a digital student
- Distraction, multi-tasking, and time-management
- Online disinhibition
Information Literacy means accessing and employing information effectively and efficiently to solve problems and/or make decisions.
The Library program, focused on general literacy and Information Literacy, begins in Grade 1. King's approach to Information Literacy is modeled on the Big6 Skills. Digital topics include:
- Navigating websites
- Using keywords
- Searching with search engines and databases
- Locating, evaluating, and note-taking from digital sources
- Presenting with multimedia
Even as technology becomes increasingly integrated into teaching and learning, students tend to consume far more digital media at home than at school. The Program in Digital Literacy and Innovation aims to connect parents with researched perspectives and with each other in conversations about raising digitally literate students.
Connecting Families is a conversation series developed by Common Sense Media. The goal is to coordinate efforts between school, home, and each other’s homes, and the premise is that we will respond best to a rapidly changing technology landscape as a community.
The series begins with the Teen Panel, where current students answer questions about how and when they use technology, how and when they don’t, what they struggle with, and what they believe adults should, and should not, worry about. Subsequent discussions dig into more specific issues arising from the panel, “from cyberbullying and photo sharing to digital footprints and online safety.”
Resources for Parents
Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media by Mizuko Ito
Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser
A Parent’s Guide to Online Safety by Doug Foderman and Marje Monroe