Digital Skills in the Primary Classroom

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1955852Learning digital skills in the primary classroom plays an increasingly important role in the development of children’s lives.

It is estimated that children spend seven hours each day in front of the screen; more time than either being at school or being with their parents! Therefore, they do need to develop a really good understanding of digital literacy at a fairly young age.

Digital Skills in the Primary Classroom

This brilliant image shows a set of digital literacy skills that children need to develop:

  • Digital rights;
  • Digital literacy;
  • Digital communication;
  • Digital emotional intelligence;
  • Digital security;
  • Digital safety;
  • Digital use, and
  • Digital identity.

The World Economic Forum – Provides a page that gives a breakdown of each of these digital skills; however, it is easy for any teacher to realise that these skills need to be taught in the first instance. Furthermore, a  constant drip feed of reminders, such as: keep your password safe, do you know that person you are talking to is a friend, stranger danger, copyright, the rubbish available on the web, etc is called for. This is  very much like ‘remember your full stops and capital letters’ and needs to be just as much at the forefront of all lessons as the reminders of the old fashioned literacy skills.

Edgalaxy  – Provides ideas for 14 Digital Literacy Activities.

The Digital Citizen – This site shares free lesson plans and resources.

Google presents a set of “iKeepSafe” videos – as part of their digital literacy set teaching children to avoid cyber tricks.

This site provides a really useful set of videos. They cover all aspects of e-safety and some digital literacy, as there is a huge overlap between the two.

Common Sense Media – This site shares a video helping children to understand digital identity and surrounding issues: “Virtual worlds, online games, and social media are fun ways for kids to play around with identity. But the mask of a digital persona can also be used as a way to behave inappropriately. Find out how to help your kid develop a healthy online identity.” (Common Sense Media)