Digital Literacy

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Type:Lesson

Estimated Time:15 minutes

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Available Languages: English, Spanish


Vocabulary: Insert tab, Justification, Picture Icon, Tab Stops, Text Wrap, alignment, collaborative, columns, communication, design, documents, flyer, fonts, images, picture size, ribbon toolbar, serifs, table of contents, tables, tabs, visual contrast, word processing


Primary Objectives:

  • Students can create visual contrast with font sizes.
  • Students learn how design can help readers understand the information in a document.
  • Students learn how the Insert tab is used to select an image and how to resize it.
  • Students learn that adding chapter headings makes it easy to organize a table of contents.
  • Students learn that Text Wrap can easily format text around an image.
  • Students organize their writing by inserting a Table.
  • Students recognize specific fonts make their documents easy to read.
  • Students understand that the first element of good design is aligning text and that setting Tab Stops ensures that the alignment is consistent.

Secondary Objectives:

  • Students choose appropriate design techniques to present their work to others.
  • Students correctly use word processing to communicate and work collaboratively.
  • Students learn the advantages of word processing.
  • Students understand the benefits of word processing.
  • Students use ribbon toolbar buttons to clarify written communication.

Subjects:

Bold Italicized Headings Layout

Language Arts > Writing > Visual Aids Expository > Bold Italicized Headings Layout

Communication to Others

Information Technology > Student Use > Communication to Others

Communication to Others 

Information Technology > Student Use > Communication to Others 

Communication 

Information Technology > Internet > Communication 

Create Communication Products 

Information Technology > Digital Communications > Create Communication Products 

Intermediate Feature

Information Technology > Software Applications > Word Processing > Intermediate Feature

Listening / Pay Attention

Language Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Comprehension > Listening / Pay Attention

Posters

Language Arts > Writing > Brochures / Pamphlets > Posters

Principles of Design 

Information Technology > Digital Communications > Principles of Design 

Use Technology when Writing

Language Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Writing > Use Technology when Writing

Visual Impact

Media Literacy > Visual Impact
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Teacher Notes:

  • Review word processing techniques with students and how this valuable technology saves time and improves written communication. Online resources can enhance your knowledge of design and visual literacy. Search for information on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE.org): Visual Literacy.

Extension Ideas:

  • Have students use word processing to design schedules for their school’s sporting events.
  • Students can create and display magazine advertisements for their favorite books.

Standards:

S.1.c Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
S.4.b Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
S.6.a Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
ELA-Literacy.W.6.2a Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
ELA-Literacy.W.6.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
ELA-Literacy.W.7.2a Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/ effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
ELA-Literacy.W.7.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
ELA-Literacy.W.8.2a Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
ELA-Literacy.W.8.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
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