Diane Bolger- Business Education


    Welcome to Digital Literacy

    *Pending Board of Education Approval 

    Digital Literacy builds upon students’ existing knowledge of computer applications and software. Students will deepen their understanding of word processing, spreadsheet management, database desktop publishing, web design, and the use of Google applications. Additionally students will be required to create dynamic presentations that incorporate text, digital images, and audio and video that can be utilized in all courses across the curriculum. Successful completion of Digital Literacy fulfills the New Jersey graduation requirement in 21st Century Life and Careers.




    Proposed Course Outline


    Digital Footprints


    Safe Digital Communications and Digital Relationship Respect


    Internet Resources and Creditability


    Hard and Soft Computer Literacy

    The Positive and Negatives of Online Communities

    Explore basic statistics about the current digital landscape.


    Analyze the role that media plays in our lives.


    Reflect on the positive and negative impact of digital media on society.


    Identify some of the benefits of sharing information online.


    Reflect on the risks of sharing inappropriate information (oversharing) online.


    Think critically about what to post and share online.



    Describe the guidelines to ensure etiquette in social networking.


    Describe ways to mitigate security risks in social networking.


    Recognize the risks of distracted driving.


    Identify the different forms of cyberbullying and understand the personal, emotional and legal repercussions.


    Create strategies for preventing cyberbullying and helping those who have been cyberbullied.


    Identify examples of teens evaluating one another’s photos online.


    Compare and contrast attitudes toward boys and girls regarding editing, posting, and commenting on personal photos that are posted on social network sites.


    Analyze broader gender norms and media messages that may frame the way people use and interpret photos on social network sites.


    Refine searches by using advanced search options.


    Describe settings for customizing the search experience.


    Get answers to specific queries.


    Track the news and search trends.


    Perform factors that influence the ranking of search results.


    Explain guidelines for avoiding copyright violations.


    Explain guidelines for avoiding plagiarism.


    Find music, pictures, and videos.


    Shop for travel deals and products.


    Locate businesses and people.


    Describe computers, their parts, and how to work with computers, using common computer terminology.


    Explain the role of memory.


    Explain the basics of computer performance.


    Compare the features of common computing devices.


    Describe the types of productivity programs and their uses.


    Describe the types of communication programs and their uses.


    Describe the uses of educational and entertainment programs.

    Explain the common functions of an operating system.


    Manage files and folders on a hard drive and on an Internet-based drive, such as Google drive.


    Explore, compare and make purchasing decisions regarding programs and computers.


    Research career opportunities in computing


    Consider how technology and STEM have changed and will continue to change society, and open new career opportunities.

    Analyze the factors that foster positive community, both offline and online.


    Identify characteristics of websites that excel at creating positive online community.


    Demonstrate understanding of how to build positive community online.


    Explore the role of digital technologies in romantic relationships.


    Understand risky forms of self-disclosure and their possible consequences.


    Identify strategies for avoiding sexting while enhancing positive relationships.




    The Basics of Computer Programming and Writing Your First App

    Comparing Google Docs and Microsoft Word using Google Drive and Mail

    Comparing Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel

    Comparing Google Slides, Microsoft PowerPoint and Prezi

    Final Project in Google Sites

    Explore historic computer games


    Use HTML to structure a web page


    Explore basic computer programing


    Explore basic App writing

    using the Touch Develop Environment



    Understand Touch Input


    Understand Code Execution


    Write an App

    Create Smart Goals using Smart Art and graphics


    Create bulleted lists,

    numbered lists, and



    Insert and modify



    Apply and format



    Create and modify

    diagrams and charts


    Create reports including table of contents, bibliography, headers and footers


    Collaborate to compare and review documents

    track, accept, and reject

    proposed changes


    Create new documents

    using templates


    Originate and respond

    to email, attach files to items


    Upload and share documents on Google Drive

    Enter and edit cell


    Locate specific cell



    Insert data by using



    Sort and filter lists


    Insert and modify



    Reference data in



    Summarize data by

    using subtotals



    format data with formulas


    View and print showing formulas


    Use date and time, financial, and

    logical functions


    Create basic charts



    Add text boxes and format font, size, color, and alignment of text


    Change line and paragraph spacing


    Create multilevel bulleted and numbered lists


    Add shapes  and graphics to a slide


    Insert table and chart slides into a presentation


    Use the Outline View to modify and manipulate slides


    Use the Slide Sorter View to arrange and

    manipulate slides


    Apply slide transitions between slides


    Add speaker notes for a slide


    Apply a design template to slides



    Apply previous content knowledge by creating a digital learning game or tutorial.


    Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.


    Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.


    Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.


    Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.


    • 30% daily assignments
    • 15% demonstration workplace readiness
    • 15% marking period /project
    • 40% tests/quizzes/mini projects