Building Digital Learning Skills and Lessons into the Core Curricular Subjects

Building Digital Learning into the Core Curriculum

Welcome to “Ask the Tech Coach,” a podcast for Instructional Coaches and Technology Integration Specialists.

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Barb discuss the importance of including Digital Learning standards and skills into core-curricular subjects and lesson plans.

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This week’s question is:

How do you build Standards-Based Digital Learning Skills into Core Curriculum Subjects?

Weekly Topic

Building Digital Learning into the Curriculum

  • Can Digital Learning and subject area content coexist?
  • It’s not the “and” … it’s the “through”
  • How to build a multi-grade curriculum of digital learning skills
  • Creating a Digital Learning Scope & Sequence
    • Create major categories of Digital Learning Topics
      • Technology Skills
      • Digital Literacy Skills
      • Device Skills
      • Research Skills
      • Digital Citizenship Skills
      • Social & Emotional Learning
    • Break down those categories into individual skills
      • Technology Skills
      • Digital Literacy Skills
        • Basic computer skills: Skills needed to control digital devices and use them to accomplish simple tasks, such as turning ‘on or off’; keyboarding; using a mouse, right or left clicking, double clicking. Basic applications include e mail, Internet browsers, search sites (e.g.,, maps, and calendars. Harris noted that use of these applications requires some proficiency with language and literacy. Harris (2015) (
        • Network Literacy: Network literacy emerged from the concepts of search literacy and information literacy, focusing on the skills required to access and curate information as required by social networks (Pegrum, 2010).
        • Media Literacy: Media literacy focuses on finding, evaluating, using, and communicating information from print to video to the internet.
      • Device Skills
        • How to transport a device safely
        • How to take care of a device
        • How to use a digital inking tool
      • Research Skills
        • How to search for something online
        • How to properly cite a source
        • How to review and comment on another persons writing
      • Digital Citizenship Skills: “Someone who is able to think critically about the opportunities and challenges of the digital world and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.”
        • Media Balance
        • Online Privacy
        • Relationships & Communication
      • Social & Emotional Learning: Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process that all individuals go through as they develop the intrapersonal and interpersonal skills that will help them thrive — in their own lives, as members of their communities, and in the world at large.
        • Self-Awareness: Identifying emotions, accurate self-perception, recognizing strengths, self-confidence, and self-efficacy.
          • Understanding online cues
          • Identifying Red flag feelings when using technology
          • Reflecting on how social media impacts personal identity
        • Self-Management: Impulse control, stress management, self-discipline, self-motivation, goal-setting, and organizational skills.
          • Exhibiting media balance/self-discipline
          • Managing one’s emotions around media
          • Setting goals to achieve a healthy media balance
        • Social Awareness: Perspective-taking, empathy, appreciating diversity, respect for others.
          • Taking others’ perspectives
          • Showing concern about others
          • Identifying the norms of their online communities, including unjust ones
        • Relationship Skills: Communication, social engagement, relationship-building, teamwork.
          • Maintaining healthy relationships when communicating online
          • De-escalating digital drama
          • Supporting their peers if they experience cyberbullying
        • Responsible Decision-Making: Identifying problems, analyzing solutions, solving problems, evaluating, reflecting, and ethical responsibility.
    • Determine what skills should be taught in each grade.
      • Introduction
      • Repetition
      • Proficiency
      • How will proficiency be demonstrated
    • Determine how each skill will be introduced and in what setting
      • Instructional Coach
      • Library Media Specialist
      • Core Classroom Activities
    • Determine in what core classes these skills will be included in lesson plans
  • Use your Instructional Coaches to support the implementation of the scope & sequence

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