Digital Literacy

Topic #01: Research & Information Literacy

Topic Overview

Welcome to Topic #01 of Digital Literacy.  The focus of Topic #01 is to review some of the Research/Information Literacy curriculum from 21st Century CA. For some of you, this will be a review, while for others, you will be learning this information for the first time.  In addition, we will take a deeper look at how exactly search works, and learn how to become Power Searchers in Google (NEW for everyone). At large, the objectives for this topic are to apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Furthermore, Topiczz marks the beginning of your weekly/ongoing assignment responsibilities, so be sure to read all about them below.

Topic Assignments

Complete the learning activities listed beneath each of the following Essential Questions:

  • EQ: Which vocabulary terms are essential for understanding the web basics for critical thinking?
  • EQ: What are the web basics for critical thinking?
  • EQ: How do search engines work and who controls the information on the Internet?
  • EQ: How can we validate information on the Internet?
  • EQ: How do we evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness of specific tasks?

Weekly/Ongoing Assignments

  • A Google a Day - Each day, you will be required to go to A Google a Day and complete the daily challenge.  At first, this may be challenging for you, but as you make your way through the course and improve your search skills, the challenges should become more manageable for you.  Details for this ongoing assignment can be found on Schoology. 
  • This Week in Tech | TWiT.TV - Each week, you are required to watch an episode of The New Screen Savers and complete a SAOQ response.  Details for this ongoing assignment can be found on Schoology.

Contact Me

  • E-Mail - For questions that can be answered briefly, you may send me an e-mail.  In some cases I may request that you schedule to meet with me in person, as there may be no "easy" answer.  In other cases, I may ask that you post your question in a forum instead, so that your classmates can also benefit from knowing the information that you requested.
  • Face-to-Face - Since this is online/virtual course, all face-to-face meetings will be by appointment only.  To schedule a meeting with me, please e-mail me.


PLEASE NOTE: If you see this icon next to an assignment title on the course outline, you must make arrangements to complete this activity Face-to-Face. Please use YouCanBook.Me to schedule Face-to-Face time with me.