• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • You already know Dokkio is an AI-powered assistant to organize & manage your digital files & messages. Very soon, Dokkio will support Outlook as well as One Drive. Check it out today!



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Some CDL Resources

  • Mike Caulfield's SIFT method for quickly identifying, contextualizing, and evaluating sources and web pages.

  • Caulfield's "Infodemic" site, which applies the SIFT method to sites and information about the pandemic. Demonstrates the value of SIFT for 
    analyzing and fact checking claims made about the pandemic.



Search Literacy


Search Resources




Thinking Critically about Search



Digital Literacy exercise: GIBill.com

As an exercise in digital literacy you could have students look at the site GIBill.com. This was a site set up by a group of for-profit colleges designed to persuade 
veterans to enroll in for-profit schools. It was shut down by the federal government as it was deemed to be a deceptive site that tricked veterans into thinking it
was organized by the government and was primarily informational and educational. The site has now been replaced by this message:


Using the archive.org site you can go back in time and see the GIBill.com site. For example: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://gibill.com 

Consider these snapshots of the site
Jan 29, 2011: https://web.archive.org/web/20110129071743/http://www.gibill.com/ and see the FAQ section (what seems missing?)
Dec 28 2011: https://web.archive.org/web/20111228165411/http://www.gibill.com/

Jun 27 2012 https://web.archive.org/web/20120627203241/http://www.gibill.com/


You could ask students to consider how the site works to persuade its audience, and why the government might have objected to some 
of the strategies used. It might be interesting to compare the GIBill.com site with the department of veterans affairs site that 
has replaced it, http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/



Introduction to URLs, Domain Names and Evaluating Web Pages


Bookmark, Store, (Re)collect, Tag and Curate

Social bookmarks are an important part of digital literacy. They help one manage the "Niagara" (Thompson) of  texts we encounter. They let us store, tag, annotate and find texts we have read. They can be used for research projects, to leverage “the wisdom of crowds” by following people and groups, or by subscribing to tags.


Why Use Social Bookmarking? http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/2673

"Social bookmarking sites allow teachers to create a customized set of Web links for their own purposes or to share with students. In addition to bookmarking, annotating, and tagging, the social functions of these bookmarking services allow users to create a network of persons who can share bookmarks and perhaps contribute to your list. Teachers can build resource collections for classes, professional learning communities can build and share links to websites of interest, and writers working together can create shared sets of resources for their projects. Most services also share these benefits

  • Bookmarks can be added to your account easily, often through a direct link to your account that can be added to your Internet browser.
  • Because bookmarks are stored online, they can be accessed by teachers and students from any computer with an Internet connection and a standard browser.
  • Bookmark collections can be downloaded into a file for formatting and sharing as a publication.
  • Users can network to follow each other's bookmark choices."


Introduction to Social Bookmarking



Social Bookmarking Tools & Teaching Resources


Using Social Bookmarks to Research the Rhetorical Situation

Social bookmarking sites such as diigo, delicious and zotero can be used to search for the bookmarks others have created on authors or research topics. One can search the bookmarks and annotations others have made on authors, and in some cases the bookmarks the authors themselves have created. For example, one can search Clive THompson's bookmarks, https://delicious.com/search/clive,thompson, or look at Clive Thompson's pages on diigo, https://www.diigo.com/user/clivethompson/. Similarly, one can look at Delicious pages by Howard Rheingold, https://delicious.com/hrheingold 


One can also look at tags for Clive Thompson on Diigo: https://www.diigo.com/tag/clivethompson


Critical Digital Literacy Links




  • http://dirtdirectory.org/categories/annotation Evernote Evernote is note-taking software in the cloud, with options for private and shared notebooks. Users can take text notes, and upload files to attach them to notes. Evernote has built-in OCR for images with printed or handwritten text. A premium account allows access to notebooks offline, as well as more storage and embedded PDF search.


Social Reading: Connection to Thompson 


Curation, Lifestreaming & Personal Learning Networks



Big Collections of Digital Tools for Scholarly Use

  • The DIRT Directory is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software. http://dirtdirectory.org/
  • Digital Writing Workshop collection of tools for writing teachers. "A companion site to Troy's Heinemann books The Digital Writing Workshop and Crafting Digital Writing, this wiki empowers teachers as they learn how to teach digital writing.
  • Bill Ferriter's collection of digital tools for students and educators  





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