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MyWorld: A digital literacy tutorial for secondary students aims to teach students essential digital literacy skills through simulating their favourite online experiences. The tutorial is divided into four chapters, each of which focuses on a particular aspect of digital literacy: researching and authenticating online information, managing privacy and reputation, dealing with online relationships and using digital media in an ethical manner.
In each chapter, students use a variety of online tools and environments — a search engine, a social networking site, for example — to complete tasks that challenge their digital literacy skills. These tasks are based on issues youth encounter daily, relating to their friends, schoolwork and personal lives.
MyWorld, a Web-based resource in Flash, addresses a wide variety of curricular needs, including Information Technology, Language Arts, Health and Social Studies.
MyWorld is provided with detailed training presentations which walk teachers through each chapter in the tutorial.
The accompanying Teacher’s Guide features an overview of MyWorld, detailed instructions for using the tutorial, information on each chapter and activities, and assessment tools.
The Classroom Activities Guide includes background information on the major issues covered in the tutorial, activities and handouts for classroom use, and a list of related MediaSmarts resources.
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