School Librarian Saturday: Learning.com
Where my school librarians at!
Wow, that came out much lamer than I thought.
In School Librarian Saturday, I’m going to share the websites, databases, apps, and other stuff I use with students in my K-5 teacher-librarian role, under the cover of internet darkness (see: the weekend).
Today we have a subscription website my school district has been using to help teach digital citizenship: Learning.com.
What It Is: There’s a lot going on here. Learning.com is an online, interactive, subscription-only digital literacy curriculum. It includes videos and interactive activities to help students understand concepts of digital citizenship, online safety, coding, and more. Pricing is based on the size of your district.
What’s Good About It: The site has lots of content to allow for teacher-directed, or student-directed learning. Digital literacy can be a bit dry at times and the site helps make the subject matter compelling and interactive. Gamification elements add appeal. It’s thorough – I’m finding that students are learning aspects of digital citizenship that I haven’t taught before.
What’s Bad About It: The user interface is a bit unwieldy. I definitely have some click hunts trying to find a specific area of the teacher dashboard. Also, there are other digital citizenship curriculums out there (here’s one that’s very well done) that are free or less expensive. It doesn’t have an app for student devices.
Last Words: Since pricing depends on the size of your district, it’s difficult to definitely say if it’s worth the cost for you or not. It definitely makes for a more comprehensive approach to teaching digital/information literacy. If you’ve been looking for help in this area, Learning.com might be worth a try.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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