#CelebrateWithDE – International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day is coming on September 8. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has highlighted the theme for 2017 as Literacy in a Digital World! The organization’s framing of the issue will certainly ring true for educators:

    At record speed, digital technologies are fundamentally changing the way people live, work, learn and socialise everywhere. They are giving new possibilities to people to improve all areas of their lives including access to information; knowledge management; networking; social services; industrial production, and mode of work. However, those who lack access to digital technologies and the knowledge, skills and competencies required to navigate them, can end up marginalized in increasingly digitally driven societies. Literacy is one such essential skill. ~ http://en.unesco.org/themes/literacy-all/literacy-day

We know how important digital literacy is and we know you are working hard to ensure your students can navigate thoughtfully through the digital landscape. Help your students develop these critical literacy skills on International Literacy Day, and every day, by using the resources and activities below.

Featured Resources

Content Collection: Literacy
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Consider the definition of literacy: the ability to read and write. This definition can be expanded to include the ability to evaluate sources and media; that is, to analyze content that is read or viewed.
Community Conversation:
Supporting Literacy Through Digital Content

(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Math Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Host Lance Rougeux and panelists explore best practices for using digital media and tools to help students become the skilled readers, writers, and thinkers needed in today’s world.


Select the appropriate resource from the list below and use the SOS: Myth Bustin’! (Canadian Version ) to help the students delve into the world of digital literacy described in the video. Have them confirm or bust myths about what makes an online site or activity safe or what contributes to piece of media’s validity.
Common Sense Media K-5: My Online Neighborhood
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, Full Video

Highlights potential ways the Internet can be a tool to communicate and educate students. Identifies rules that children should follow when using the computer. (Resource includes lesson plan and student handout.)
Common Sense Media 6-8: Digital Life: The Ups and Downs of Digital Life
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Defines digital literacy as the ability to use technology to navigate, evaluate, and create information, and compares reading literacy to digital literacy.
The PBS NewsHour: The ‘Thrill of the Chase’ in Perpetuating Fake News
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 9-12, Full Video

Interviews Marc Fisher of the Washington Post who provides insight into the perpetuation of fake news stories. The program explores the real world dangers of fake news, explores questions surrounding the credibility of proper journalism…. NOTE: This program contains content that may not be appropriate for all viewers. Please preview before sharing in class.


Now that your students have a sense of the definition of digital literacy and some examples, have them analyze a piece of media you are currently using in class, a website of your choice, or one of the following videos.

    For younger students, have them talk about the safety of the source and what makes them think it is valid or invalid (i.e. how did they get there – Discovery Education is a safe hub, teacher gave them the resource, etc.; what things seems believable and why; etc.) For older students, have them talk about which elements of the media seem designed to lend credibility to the information, including clips, titles, identification of organizations, etc. Also talk about ways students might verify or discredit sources and information (e.g., checking credentials, cross-referencing information).

Reuters News: Scientists Teach Bees to Play Soccer
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, Math Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Full Video

Scientists have discovered new learning abilities in bees by teaching them to “score goals” with a ball.
Reuters News: 2017-03-22: Why Are Pandas Black and White?
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, Math Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Full Video

Biologists in California say they’ve figured out why pandas have their distinctive coloring.
Reuters News: Artificial Skin Made from Algae
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, Math Techbook
Grades 9-12, Full Video

A university professor in Chile has developed artificial skin from algae that can breathe.


Related posts


  1. Frank Holland said:

    International Literacy Day is almost here. This day is very important to many people throughout the United States. Literacy in a Digital World is a great theme for 2017 celebration. Technology is all around us and implementing a successful digital environment for students is one of the first and foremost things essayrepublic educators do. Digital technologies are fundamentally changing the way people live, work, learn and socialize everywhere. And students should have digital environment because using technologies correctly will help students successfully build their future, which will inevitably include the use of wireless technology.

  2. Vidmate App For PC said:

    Hello .. When I am on your site, I have to say that your website is really good, I love to read the content, its outstanding! I’m in a bit of a hurry in this case to completely read your blog, but I’ve encouraged it. I come back when I have some time off. Bravo for a great site.

Comments are closed.