Digital Literacy 101

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What are the tech standards in CCSS?What is being asked of students?

Recommended Student Technology Skills for The Common Core (Fresno COE)
To be used as a guide while developing rigorous Common Core content with the use of technology.
Recommended Digital Literacy Skills K-12 (PDF)

Common Core: Digital Crosswalk (Solano COE)
This document focuses on areas highlighted indicate digital/technology resources required.

  • ELA and Writing K-5 (PDF)
  • ELA and Writing 6-12 (PDF)
  • ELA Literacy 6-12 (PDF)

How to search?

What are the main search engines?


Search Engines You Should Know!

  • GooruA Search Engine for Learning! Discover and teach with the best free K-12 learning resources.
  • Wolfram Alpha A computational knowledge engine.

How to validate info?

  • : The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
  • : Your Trusted Source for Secure Domain Name Searches, Registration & Availability. 
  • WaybackMachineThe Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format

Educational search engines

You need at least 3 web browsers!!!

How to cite info?

  • Google Drive/Docs (YouTube Video)
  • Citation MachineProvides an interactive tool to help create reference citations for research papers. Includes various print and electronic resources.

Where can you learn how to search like a pro?

How to curate the vast information of the internet?

  • Evernote Helps you remember and act upon ideas, projects and experiences across all the computers, phones and tablets you use. Learn More!
  • Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again! Learn More!
  • Google Drive: Access your files everywhere, store files safely, collaborate with anyone! Learn More!

How to share your curated info from the internet?

Social Media 

  • Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets".  Instantly connect to what's most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.
  • HashtagsThe # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.
  • Hashtags to Follow: #EdChat, #EdTech,  #CCSS and many more!

Articles on Social Media

  • Social media for schools: a guide to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest (Guardian UK)
  • Tips for Educators: Social Media in the 21st Century (Myfootpath


  • Common Sense Mediais dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

IAMSCIENTIST  COST: Free to propose a project

The crowdfunding platform iAMscientist is essentially a Kickstarter for research projects. Donors to proposed projects typically receive tokens of gratitude like signed books or patent options, though members must first be invited and are usually from science, engineering and medicine backgrounds. It’s free to use, though like Kickstarter, a percentage-based fee is applied to successfully funded projects.

EPERNICUS COST: Free, but with additional services available for institutions

Professional social network Epernicus allows research scientists to create profiles and connect with past and present colleagues. More importantly, the site allows researchers to locate others who possess the skills and expertise required for current projects. Members can label their assets, materials and methods, labeling their competency level in each, and questions can be posted on the site’s discussion board, BenchQ.

MENDELEY COST: Free with premium options available

An academic social network and reference management tool, Mendeley also provides researchers with a desktop application for managing citations and PDF files. Many of the site’s members are doctoral students working on long-term group projects, though the site is open to all researchers. The site’s primary goal is to provide free and open source material to academic researchers.


Zotero assists researchers in more easily evaluating sources. The tool offers a variety of interactive and tagging features that work on both personal and community levels. Among its features are open source reference management software that assists in the management of bibliographic data and other materials. In Zotero Groups , you can share work or sources, collaborate publicly or privately on ongoing projects and find other researchers with similar interests.


The founders of set out to accelerate the world’s research, and their platform allows academics to share and follow the most up-to-date research from those in their field. An on-site analytics dashboard also allows users to keep track of their page views, keywords used to find their content and what countries readers are located in. The site now has over 3.8 million registered members.


Also featured on our list of 6 social networks that can make you better at your education job ResearchGate is a professional social network focused on scientists and scholars in engineering, medicine and biology. Users can create profile pages, ask and answer questions, post job listings, create groups, share their papers and find collaborators. The site also encourages the sharing of raw data and both successful and failed experiments—and it even assigns an “RG Score” as a reputation metric for resources.