Digital Literacy

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Course overview

Students aren’t born with digital literacy skills.They may use computers and cell phones, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they understand basic uses, best practices and safety risks. Teaching digital literacy skills ensures compliance with technology standards and helps prepare students for success in our digital world.

  • Instructor: Pape
  • Sections: 20
  • Schedule: 1 class / Week, 20 weeks


-Mr. Pape recently retired from a Liberal Arts college where he taught, coached and won the Pi Kappa Delta national debate championship in four of the last five years.  
-As a former NSDA executive and expert, Mr. Pape has conducted writing, speech, debate and communication workshops for K12 and college students for over 25 years.  
 -He is the curriculum coordinator for the Harvard Debate Summer Workshops in public speaking and debate. Some of the students coached by him have won top national awards in the US and China.

                Learning Outcomes

  • Study the effects of social media and technological influences on students' lives;
  • Learn strategies for adapting to technology in various ways, including exercises to share with family and friends; 

  • Read, interpret, and evaluate research materials, including news outlets, organizational websites, and social media posts; 
  • Compose more persuasive essays by applying course standards to student writing and citation;
  • Debate key issues in technology and social media, including social media influencers, the effects of video games, the potential dangers of Instagram, whether we have the right to be forgotten online, the effects of the Facebook whistleblower case, and much, much more!