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iTEC Detailed Scenario – Cycle 1




To support learners to use online

repositories to develop digital literacy

competencies and support them to

convert information into knowledge and

to learn ‘anytime, anywhere’


Teachers and librarians work with students in a digital literacy programme to develop

a range of competencies which includes critical analysis, online safety, ownership

and copyright, how to reference material and online safety. The scenario shows how

traditional child-centred project work can be enhanced using digital resources whilst

developing learners’ digital literacy competencies.

Silvie, Luca and friends work on an astronomy research project where they search

online repositories and other resources from observatories, museums and libraries.

They use online repositories that are recommended by their teacher or the librarian

to ensure the quality of the research resources. The librarian presents these

repositories and resources as an introduction to a digital literacy program which

considers the reliability of materials alongside a comparison with resources the

young people find for themselves. The teacher involves the students in designing a

range of criteria through which young people can evaluate what they find online.

The teacher and librarian work closely with the young people to generate their own

resources, criteria and understanding of digital literacy rather than imposing it topdown.

In doing so, they act as facilitators, drawing on and valuing the knowledge that

the learners already possess rather than leading each session as a traditional

teacher might. In this, it draws on the established skills of the librarian who has

traditionally been seen more as a supporter of learning rather than someone who

explicitly directs learners towards particular outcomes.

The online repositories and resources can be accessed by Sylvie, Luca and friends

whilst at school, at home and in other public places so that they can focus on the

astronomy project and share their knowledge with family and friends in these

different settings.

iTEC Detailed Scenario – Cycle 1

In addition to the critical digital literacy skills that Sylvie and friends are developing,

the teacher and the librarian encourage them to create a wiki (thus enhancing their

creative online skills) through which they can share and collaborate on their project

and developing digital literacy competencies. As a part of this, the learners comment

on and evaluate each other's wikis both in terms of the focus of the project and the

quality of resources found by the students and the teacher or librarian and used for

the project. They work together with the teacher to establish what the criteria are for

commenting on and evaluating each group's work including the digital literacy

evaluation criteria (including reliability, quality, referencing, categorisation of

information) they drew up in the earlier part of the programme. The teacher helps

them to link the evaluation criteria to formal curriculum and assessment needs. This

enhances their understanding of formal assessment measures. The peer- to-peer

evaluation is included in the formal assessment of how the projects are carried out by

Silvie and her classmates by the teacher.


Wikis, internet connected PCs, online repositories of information, including digital

archives, Ministries of Education and commercial repositories such as museums and


Teaching and learning stories
iTEC projektas 1 ciklas by miride 28.12.2011

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