The Nova Scotia English technology education curriculum includes expectations that incorporate digital literacy. The curriculum document Foundation for the Atlantic Canada English Language Arts Curriculum: Technology Education (2001) includes a section that demonstrates the complementary relationship between digital literacy and technology education:
Technological literacy is the ability to use technological systems, manage technological activities, and make informed decisions about technological issues.
Technologically literate people
- understand the role and nature of technology
- understand how technological systems are designed, used, and controlled
- critically examine technologies
- respond rationally to ethical dilemmas caused by technology
Technological responsibility requires an understanding of the consequences of technological activity and a willingness to take appropriate action.
Technologically responsible people
- understand that technological activity consumes resources and has consequences
- assess the benefits and risks of technological actions
- take personal responsibility for their technological decisions
On the sidebar you will find outcome charts containing media-related learning expectations from the technology education curriculum, with links to supporting resources on the MediaSmarts site. As many of our lessons can be adapted to suit different grade levels and abilities, specific lessons may be listed for more than one grade. Teachers should also note that individual lessons often satisfy a number of expectations.