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Digital Literacy

Get your savvy on.

This ain't your grandma's digital literacy course. Good thing, too, because you'd have some trouble accessing the Internet via a typewriter.

We skip all the duh-moments and go straight for the meat in these ten lessons. Sure, we'll do a little how-to, but we're more interested in the why.

Because let's face it: the Internet is confusing.

Course Breakdown

Unit 1. Digital Literacy

10 Lessons, 10 Topics:

  • Texting
  • Browsers and Branding
  • Email
  • Social Media
  • Online Safety and Privacy
  • Cyberbullying
  • Online Community and Citizenship
  • Search Engines and Strategies
  • Using and Citing Online Sources
  • The Digital Future

Sample Lesson - Introduction

Lesson 2: Email

"Well, this is unexpected. Your email address is bigtiger4u@hotmail.com…"

(Source)

Pop quiz:

Which of the following email addresses is appropriate to use when emailing anyone other than your BFF and your schnauzer?

(a) heygirlheyxo@gmail.com
(b) cookielovr0009@gmail.com
(c) footballfan4eva@gmail.com
(d) morton.johnson.e@gmail.com

Ding ding! If you chose D, you're ready to join the real world.

The email address you choose is kind of a big deal. Just imagine you're at a party and you meet someone awesome. You want to keep in touch, and they're like, "What's your email address?" "Um…litterboxunicorn999@gmail.com?" And…there go your chances.

Now if the email handle you choose is this important, just imagine how much the content of your emails matter. And that's why we want to introduce you to Shmoop's #1 Rule for Email:

Assume that everything you write in an email will end up on the front page of the New York Times the next day. If you don't want the entire world to know it, don't put it in an email.

It might sounds cynical, but Every Politician Ever would probably have appreciated a reminder. Just sayin'.

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  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • Life Skills
    • Technology and Computer Science
    • Business and Career Preparation
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