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Essential Learning Targets

Students are assessed according to 21st Century Skills Essential Learning Targets, particularly:

Creativity: Students will be able to participate positively in the design of creative solutions to meet human needs and wants.
Communication: Students will understand the attributes and techniques that positively impact construction and conveying meaning for a variety of purposes and through a variety of modes.
Problem Solving: Students will be able to select and apply a process of problem-solving to deepen understanding and determine whether redefining the goal is a better way of addressing a problem situation and continuing to consider other alternative solutions until one resonates as the best one.
Critical Thinking: Students will be skilled at using complex reasoning processes to make meaning.

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Learning Showcasae

Sixth Grade Learning Showcase Fall 2020, featuring projects on Media Archaeology, Social Media, Video Games, Online Safety & Privacy, New Media & Technology, Careers & Business, Media & Culture, and Intellectual Property.

Seventh Grade Learning Showcase Winter 2021, featuring projects on Media History, Social Media, Coding & Engineering, Media Production, Mobile Technology & Devices, Advertising, Media & Culture, and Intellectual Property.

Eight Grade Learning Showcase, Spring 2021, coming soon!

About Digital Literacy

Learning Goals

Students will be able to

  • Confidently communicate online with teachers and peers.
  • Implement strategies to protect privacy online.
  • Effectively use digital tools to express learning.
  • Evaluate and fact-check information and recognize signs of misinformation.
  • Understand concepts related to intellectual property, plagiarism, and copyright.
  • Recognize common codes and conventions used in media.
  • Engage in inquiry-driven learning projects to explore topics of interest.
  • Share learning with peers and broader school community.

Digital Centers


If you finish your assignment or classwork early, you may find an activity on the Digital Centers page. (Remember to use headphones for anything with sound!)


Mx. Gartley, the Library Information Integrator at Mahoney, designs the curriculum, writes the lessons, and assesses student work for all sections of Digital Literacy.


If you have questions about content or assignments, you can email Mx. Gartley at

Course Details

Class Expectations

  • Students should arrive to Digital Literacy class with their charged iPad and a writing utensil.
  • All our class work and projects will be done during class time.
  • Students will have the opportunity to work on inquiry-driven projects of their own design and on topics of interest.
  • Participation during class is very important for our Digital Literacy class. Students will be expected to share their learning and work with peers.
  • Class work and projects will be explained in class and posted in Google Classroom.

Assessment and Grades

  • Students are assessed according to 21st Century Skills Essential Learning Targets, particularly Communication, Problem Solving, and Critical Thinking.
  • Students should expect at least one Habits of Work grade per week.


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Ms. Elizabeth Gartley | Daniel F. Mahoney Middle School | 240 Ocean Street | South Portland, Maine | 04106 | Tel: 207-799-7386