4 Key Questions on Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is a critical element of student success, and an integral part of an individual’s ability to participate and contribute in meaningful ways to the world - academically, professionally and personally.

As you explore the topic, here are a few key considerations to reflect on as you guide learners on the path to digital literacy:

  1. Does the learner know how to use available technology?
    Knowing how to operate the technology that is available is a basic foundation of students’ digital literacy. In today’s world, it’s the equivalent of being able to use a pen and paper. However, just as being able to form words doesn’t automatically make you a great writer, neither does being able to operate technology mean one is digitally literate.

    Topics to explore:
    Computer Literacy Basics, Microsoft Office, All Things Google
  2. Is the learner building good digital citizenship skills?
    The digital world has opened up unparalleled opportunity for today’s learners. Navigating the legal, ethical, and potentially dangerous facets of this new world and becoming good digital citizens is an integral part of being digitally literate.

    Topics to explore:
    Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship, Being Savvy Online, Cyberbullying
  3. How is the learner approaching research?
    Students are notoriously savvy Web users. It isn’t hard for them to find “answers” to their questions, but few can locate thorough answers from reliable sources and use this information effectively. Challenge students to think critically and to find credible sources, rather than just “answers”.

    Topics to explore:
    Literacy Reimagined, Avoiding PlagiarismAsking Essential Questions        
  4. Is the learner demonstrating Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity skills?
    Encourage students to expand on their current literacies and embrace their role as digital citizens. It is essential that a student develop the 4 C’s as they are in-demand skillsets that can heavily impact future academic and professional success.

    Topics to explore:
    Integrating the 4 Cs, Getting Technology R.I.G.H.T., Send/Pass a Problem

Ready to help your students take the next step on the path to digital literacy? Contact Atomic Learning for more information on how to unlock the resources above as well as additional learning resources on highly-relevant topics.

Webinar: Taking Ownership of Safety

For the past eight years, retired Navy SEAL officer Larry Yatch and his wife, Anne, have trained thousands of young adults in situational awareness, sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention and risk reduction. Their company, Mindset Matters, has partnered with Atomic Learning to create a Real World Safety program that shares best practices based on their combined knowledge and expertise.

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to learn more about the program as Anne, Personal Safety Expert, co-founder of Mindset Matters, and former Intelligence Analyst, shares timely insights on how to:

  • Provide highly-relevant safety content that resonates with teens and young adults
  • Empower students and faculty to take ownership of their safety
  • Minimize the burden of training and time constraints
  • Support the mission of your institution by promoting the development of critical “life skills”
  • Enhance your school’s brand and reputation

FREE Webinar
How to Empower Students and Staff to Take Ownership of Safety On- and Off- Campus
Hosted by Campus Safety Magazine
Launch On-Demand Webinar Recording

Interested in learning more on the topic?
Explore specialized online learning resources focused on personal safety at www.AtomicLearning.com/safety-awareness.

Focus on #SchoolSafety - Quick Tip on the Best Personal Safety Tool

Safety is becoming an increasingly critical topic at schools, colleges, and universities across the country. This quick tip from Personal Safety Expert, Anne Yatch, focuses on which tool to use if you don't know how to physically defend yourself.

Learn additional insights and empower individuals with the skills needed to take ownership of their own safety—now, in college, and beyond—with a specialized online safety awareness and prevention program focused on ensuring learners know how to trust their instincts, increase their observation skills, and develop an action plan for when faced with potential threats.

Interested in preparing your faculty, staff, and students with Real World Safety skills? Learn more.

Planning for Prom: A Focus on Student Safety

For high school students across the country, prom season is just kicking off.

And, while they work on finding the perfect dress or tux, debating the merits of renting a limo, and a host of other details, it’s important to remind them to keep safety in mind. It’s not anything that anyone wants to talk about, but it’s an important topic that everyone—parents, schools, and students alike—NEED to discuss.

Statistically speaking, prom season is a dangerous time for teens. 53% of students reported consuming more than 4 alcoholic drinks on prom night1, yet 87% of teens surveyed felt their friends would be more willing to drive after drinking than call home for a ride?2 Beyond alcohol use, prom (and graduation) seasons see increases in teen traffic deaths3, and there is a perceived increase in teen sexual activity.

To help schools and districts begin countering these dangers, we’ve gathered several tips to help keep students safe—not only at prom, but in a variety of situations now, in college, and beyond.

  1. Set Expectations
    Share your school policies involving student behavior, including drugs and alcohol, and make sure students know the consequences—not only with students, but also parents. Keeping students safe is a group effort.
  2. Choose Chaperones with Care
    Consider recruiting faculty and staff that students will connect with to be present during the event—a student may be more inclined to share information about their peers risky behavior with a favorite teacher or feel more accountable for personal behavior when a coach or authoritative figure is present.
  3. Plan for Post-Prom
    If you don’t already, consider hosting a post-prom event to provide Prom-goers a fun (and safe) place to go after the dance instead of them potentially going to a party where alcohol and other substances may put your students at risk.

The Importance of Teaching Personal Safety (& How To Do It Right)

Did you know that many teens and young adults are victims of violent crime? The statistics shown here, shared by the U.S. Department of Education, may be startling to many.

Today’s world can be a dangerous place for teens and young adults, and getting them to be interested in and empowered by the concept of personal safety is a daunting responsibility. One that leaves many education leaders wondering how to better engage students and “meet them where they are at” when it comes to providing them with the skills they need to take ownership of their safety.

The Safety Mindset Gap

Guest blog post by Lisa Barnett (@atomic_lisa), CEO of Atomic Learning and Versifit Technologies.

I’m a parent.  As I’m sure any of you who also have children or grandchildren can relate, there is nothing in this world that matters more to me than my daughter.

So here’s something that causes a knot in my stomach. 

Almost half1 of young adults are, or will be, the victim of a violent crime – half!  Here’s another sobering stat (especially as the parent of a daughter) – every two minutes2, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. 

Final reality check – I know (because she tells me) that my daughter is surrounded by individuals who are using drugs every day.  And even if she continues to make smart choices, she is still at risk of the behaviors that people in an altered state can exhibit.

So on the flip side of this, college and high school campuses are investing heavily in emergency blue lights, security officers, electronic locks, and more.  In fact, by 2017, annual spending on school security systems is expected to reach $4.9 billion3. Clearly, our school leaders are taking this problem on full force and investing in ways to increase the safety of the school environment.

So where is the gap?