This resource, developed by Mozilla, provides a framework for entry-level web literacy & 21st century skills. Using an interactive map of the framework, users can select certain web literacy skills to see definitions and a list of learning activities that support the development of those specific skills.
Type of Material:
Once the instructor decides on the learning objective, based on the web literacy "wheel," s/he chooses one of the relevant learning activities, and introduces it in class. Students can complete the activity in class or continue it outside of class, and then report out their experiences at the next class session or in an online discussion thread.
Accessed on Chrome using a Mac and on Firefox using a PC.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
• Students will learn how the Mozilla web literacy framework overlaps with 21st century skills and other competencies.
• Students will understand each web literacy skill based on the definitions provided.
• Students will learn to how use teaching & learning activities that support specific web literacy skills in their own classroom.
• Students will learn to how to participate in and create web pages.
Target Student Population:
Computer science majors
Library and information professional majors
General education students
High school students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some prerequisite knowledge on topics (such as coding) may be necessary for certain activities.
The website visualizes web literacy as a wheel with three major outcomes: read, participate, and write, with specific indicators. Users can click on the actions to link to relevant web-based lessons. The website represents the professional thinking, research findings, and next iteration of the Web Literacy Map that embraces 21st Century Skills (21C Skills) as key to leadership development. The selected lessons and associated applications are current and informative, and contain enough information so that teachers can use the materials independently. All links work, and attribution is appropriate.
• Does not fully cover each web literacy skill topic area. The activities seem to be slanted towards technical web skills (coding, use of website data, etc.) over critical thinking information literacy skills.
• No dates are provided so it is difficult to tell whether the content is up-to-date.
• Although each activity includes a suggested audience, there is no suggested order for scaffolding activities that cover the same skill.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Learning objectives are clear, and draw from ICT literacy standards. The web literacy wheel succinctly shows the relationship between concepts. The lessons are marked as either beginner or intermediate. Because the lessons are very thorough, from preparation to assessment, it is easy for teachers to develop assignments, and for students to apply their learning to practice web use and creation. The lessons themselves are information-rich, and their activities teach skills efficiently and engagingly.
• Activities are labeled with age group and level of users web skills, but there is no recommended order to use the activities in a way that progressively builds students’ skills.
• Some learning activities suggested may take up to 3 hours to complete in class.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The website itself is professional looking and visually interesting. The lessons are both engaging and very interactive. Furthermore, if they register, teachers can get involved in the online communities and and can tweet and contribute materials. The overall website is easy to use independently, and requires little technical ability. However, the lessons themselves teach basic to advanced technical skill.
It is not apparent that the materials are ADA-compliant, especially at the lesson level with the associated websites. There are few instructions on the landing page on how to best use the framework display. No help feature is apparent, although online communities exist so that teachers might be able to ask peers for help online.
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