Many curricular expectations in Ontario Computer Studies courses relate to media and digital literacy. The following excerpt from Computer Studies, Grades 10 to 12 (2008) detail how media and digital literacy have been integrated into the curriculum:
The goals of the computer studies curriculum are to enable students to:
- gain an understanding of computer studies concepts;
- develop the skills, including critical thinking skills, and the knowledge of strategies required to do research, conduct inquiries, and communicate findings accurately, ethically, and effectively;
- apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired through the study of computers to a variety of learning tasks and relate them to computer phenomena on the local, national, and global levels;
- develop lifelong learning habits that will help them adapt to computer advances in the changing workplace and world;
- make connections that will help them take advantage of potential postsecondary educational and work opportunities.
On the left menu you will find outcome charts containing media-related learning outcomes from the Computer Studies curriculum, with links to supporting resources on the MediaSmarts site. As many of our lessons can be adapted to suit different grade levels, specific lessons may be listed for more than one grade. Teachers should also note that individual lessons often satisfy a number of learning outcomes.