London CLC podcast episode 4: digital literacy

Peter Lillington, Sarah Horrocks, Caitlin McMillan and Julia Lawrence discuss digital literacy in the London CLC podcast studio.

What is digital literacy and why is it important? How and where should it be taught – as a subject in its own right or weaved through computing, citizenship, history, English or all subjects? Should ‘fake news’ always be published in Comic Sans font…?

Having the skills to be critical about information that’s encountered online has never been more important. In the fourth episode of our podcast series, and our first of the new academic term, presenter Julia Lawrence and expert guests tackle this very topical issue and suggest a wide range of useful resources for teachers and parents.

Our blog post – What is digital literacy and what’s it got to do with fake news? – is a great companion read to this podcast.

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At London CLC we are delighted and excited to be part of a newly formed News Literacy network with the Guardian Foundation, National Literacy Trust, PSHE Association and the very successful children’s newspaper First News.

First News’s head of education Nicolette Smallshaw and the London CLC team are jointly offering a free workshop at London CLC’s HQ in Clapham on 10 October for teachers.

Participants will receive a pack of resources and assets to use back in school, and we will give advice on the digital aspects of creating a front page in the classroom. Find out more about the workshop and book your place.

Podcast guests

Sarah Horrocks, London CLC director
Peter Lillington, teaching consultant
Caitlin McMillan, teaching consultant

Podcast show notes

Center for Media Literacy definition of media literacy
http://www.medialit.org/media-literacy-definition-and-more

Andreas Schleicher – The OECD thinks schools should teach how to evaluate news on the internet. Good idea, but it’s not the whole answer
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/02/the-guardian-view-on-the-uses-of-literacy-knowing-how-you-know

LSE Media Policy blog – Media literacy: everyone’s favourite solution to the problems of regulation
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2018/05/08/media-literacy-everyones-favourite-solution-to-the-problems-of-regulation/

Machine Learning and Human Intelligence by Rose Luckin
https://www.ucl-ioe-press.com/books/education-and-technology/machine-learning-and-human-intelligence/

BBC iReporter
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-8760dd58-84f9-4c98-ade2-590562670096

The Economist Education Foundation
https://economistfoundation.org/

National Literacy Trust Fake News group
https://literacytrust.org.uk/policy-and-campaigns/all-party-parliamentary-group-literacy/fakenews/

Fake news and critical literacy: final report
https://literacytrust.org.uk/research-services/research-reports/fake-news-and-critical-literacy-final-report/

Education for a Connected World Framework
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/683895/Education_for_a_connected_world_PDF.PDF

Digital Literacy scheme of work from SWGfL
https://digital-literacy.org.uk/

Book on eventbrite for our free CPD Making the News workshop:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-the-news-free-cpd-session-for-ks2-teachers-tickets-50164247615

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