This leads me to offer an easy way educators can begin to embark on encouraging the writing component of web literacy. As a digital media teacher, one way I like to sneak in writing in web literacy is with coding. Coding is one of the most undervalued skills that our educational systems continues to ignore and dismiss. Despite the fact that here in the United States, specifically in California aka the Silicon value the home of some of the largest tech companies in the world, it is our global neighbors that are pushing coding in school. Students living in the backyards of many of this tech companies are potentially at risk of being ill prepared for the plethora of technology jobs to come and succumbing to the inevitable of losing job to our global competitors. The demand for programmers is so high that companies indeed are now being forced to recruit globally.
For this reason, to not teach my student coding is a disservice. Even though I myself am not a master coder, the ability to learn besides my students is refreshing and gives them hope that they too can grasp this new language of technology. For this reason, I have decided to start off slow with my implementation by way of offering coding to students who finish assignments early. Often times, these are among my brightest students in need of a challenge and by presenting coding to them is the perfect solution. In turn, I then have these students as code masters that share their expertise with the class in the last 10 minutes of class.
An easy way to start this process in your classroom is to have a device in your room or take more of a BYOD approach. Second thing needed is a class web page, or blog where students can access your links and tutorials. I personally am a huge Google Apps for Education advocate so Google Classroom is my go to platform but Edmodo, Weebly or Blogster works well too. From this point you can post the links, directions and tutorials on the stream or timeline of your classroom page for students to access whenever they finish a project early. I award extra credit for every level completed and also use this as an alternative for behavior issues to take a break if they are stuck on the current assignment. All in all this provides an opportunity for teachers to baby step in encouraging coding their classrooms, which will then enable them to flourish with the compounds of web literacy.
Here are some great additional resources for "writing" to improve web literacy