Digital literacy

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Find out about developing digital literacy and digital citizenship in your school. We offer advice and support to build on the expertise available through your school library and develop strategies to find, evaluate, use, and create digital content.


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Understanding digital literacy

Find out what digital literacy is, why it matters for students' learning and development as citizens, and about key connections to the New Zealand Curriculum documents.
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Your library's role in supporting digital literacy

The collections, resources, and services you offer through the school library play a valuable role in supporting your students to become digitally literate learners.
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Connections to digital citizenship

Learn more about the skills, values, and behaviours that constitute digital citizenship to understand why it is important for students and school staff. Build a plan for how your library can have a central role in its development within your school.
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Strategies for developing digital literacy

Explore strategies to help students develop key digital literacy skills, including content curation, and how they can be supported by the school library. Learn about copyright and Creative Commons as they apply to New Zealand schools.


Watch videos about successful strategies and approaches for school libraries, reading engagement, digital literacy, and for using teaching and learning resources.


These stories showcase innovative and successful initiatives that New Zealand school librarians and teachers have implemented to inspire and engage students with reading and learning.
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This research is a curated collection of important and thought-provoking recent publications. It highlights national and international research in the areas of school libraries, digital literacy, and reading engagement.