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Children’s School Lives Study: Report 7

Children’s School Lives Study: Report 7

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Digital media literacy and other key skills

In addition to their specific content and knowledge, the subjects and short courses of junior cycle provide students with opportunities to develop a range of key skills. This course offers opportunities to support all key skills but some are particularly significant. The examples below identify some of the elements that are related to learning activities in Digital Media Literacy. The 8 key skills are set out in detail in Key Skills of Junior Cycle.

Key Skill

Key skill element

Student learning activity

Being Creative

Stimulating creativity using digital technology

Students examine different digital technologies and communication tools to understand how they are used creatively to convey messages.


Use digital technology to communicate

Students use digital technologies, communication tools and the internet to research topics of interest to them and to express, share and present their opinions on these topics, taking into account different audiences

Managing information and thinking

Using digital technology to access, manage and share content

Students search and evaluate content in different digital formats online.

Being literate Exploring and creating a variety of texts, including multi-modal texts Students plan, design and create digital artefacts in a variety of digital media formats.

Managing myself

Using digital technology to manage myself and my learning

Students use digital technologies and communication tools to keep an online learning diary and reflection journal.
Being numerate Gathering, interpreting and representing data Students can interpret and present content and their ideas graphically.

Staying well

Being safe

Students develop a charter of online rights and responsibilities that define acceptable use of digital technologies in the school.

Working with others

Working with others through digital technology

Students work collaboratively using digital technologies e.g. providing feedback to peers.

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