Digital Literacy

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Estimated Time:15 minutes

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Available Languages: English, Spanish

Vocabulary: Internet devices, cloud, cloud computing, collaborate, collaboration, communication, data storage, digital environment, hardware, network, networking, photo sharing, server, shared documents, software, synchronize

Primary Objectives:

  • Students learn that the cloud shares the fast processing power of networked computers.
  • Students learn to access software programs through the cloud.
  • Students recognize the advantages of storing photos and other important data on the cloud.
  • Students understand that the cloud provides synchronized data storage for multiple tasks and devices.
  • Students use the cloud to collaborate and edit one project at the same time.

Secondary Objectives:

  • Students correctly use digital environments to communicate and work collaboratively.
  • Students demonstrate sound reasoning as they organize, store, and share their data.
  • Students recognize the importance of secure data storage.
  • Students understand the responsibilities of using a digital environment.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Technology Use 

Information Technology > Technology and Society > Advantages and Disadvantages of Technology Use 

Analysis of Trends 

Information Technology > Technology Use In Society > Analysis of Trends 

Cloud Computing 

Information Technology > Networking > Cloud Computing 

Discuss and Know Trends and Future of Technology 

Information Technology > Student Use > Discuss and Know Trends and Future of Technology 

Emerging Technologies 

Information Technology > Technology and Society > Emerging Technologies 

Interactive Use 

Information Technology > Internet > Interactive Use 

Internet Attacks and Abuse

Information Technology > Internet > Internet Attacks and Abuse

Internet Attacks and Abuse 

Information Technology > Internet > Internet Attacks and Abuse 

Negative Impact

Information Technology > Internet > Negative Impact

Negative Impact 

Information Technology > Internet > Negative Impact 

Security and Privacy 

Information Technology > Internet > Security and Privacy 

Sharing of Information 

Information Technology > Internet > Sharing of Information 

Storage Devices (use and/or identification of ) 

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Storage Devices (use and/or identification of ) 

Student Collaboration

Information Literacy > Student Use - Digital Media > Student Collaboration

Student Collaboration 

Digital Literacy > Student Use > Student Collaboration 

Student Communication with Others 

Information Technology > Digital Communications > Student Communication with Others 

Technology in Daily Life 

Information Technology > Technology and Society > Technology in Daily Life 

Track Trends 

Information Technology > Digital Communications > Track Trends 
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Teacher Notes:

  • Discuss the school’s Acceptable Use Policy with students and how it models the responsible use of technology. Online resources can enhance your knowledge of cloud computing and support student learning. Search for information at this website: T.H.E Journal: Technological Horizons in Education.

Extension Ideas:

  • Students can use a cloud music app to share their playlists or build a playlist together. Have students draw diagrams of how data is sent to and stored in the cloud and what happens when the data is accessed.


S.1.d Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
S.2.a Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
S.2.c Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
S.2.d Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.
S.7.a Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
S.7.b Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
S.7.c Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.
2-IC-20 Compare tradeoffs associated with computing technologies that affect people''s everyday activities and career options. (P7.2)
2-IC-22 Collaborate with many contributors through strategies such as crowdsourcing or surveys when creating a computational artifact. (P2.4, P5.2)
2-NI-05 Explain how physical and digital security measures protect electronic information. (P7.2)
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