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Young people are actively manipulating digital media to participate in social and cultural life. Making and sharing media has become an increasingly important feature of how young people communicate and engage with each other and with the wider world. For them, posting, liking, sharing and searching are among the ways they participate in their communities and socialise.

This Digital Media Literacy short course offers students opportunities to explore and discover the information and knowledge accessible online, enabling them to pursue their interests, to express themselves online and solve problems relevant to their lives. In line with the aims of the Junior Cycle specification, this course aims to deepen a student’s ability to use digital technology, communication tools and the internet in a creative, critical, and safe manner.

Recommended guide to using the programme in your school

  • The intention of the programme is to deliver a 100-hours digital media course.
  • The programme fulfils the Junior Cycle specification for the Digital Media Literacy short course.
  • It can be adapted and integrated into SPHE for both Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle students or as a module for TY students.
  • Each unit takes approximately 20 hours to deliver.
  • The course is designed to be flexible allowing schools to adopt the programme as they wish.


€ 16.00

The programme was designed and written by Sarah McGuill, a secondary school teacher of English, Religious Education and Digital Media Literacy at Holy Faith Clontarf. Sarah has 4 years’ experience teaching Digital Media Literacy to all Junior Cycle year groups.

Having a HDip degree in Computer Science from Dundalk Institute of Technology, Sarah has a special interest in Digital Media Literacy. After implementing her own programme in Holy Faith Clontarf, she felt that all schools could benefit from a comprehensive programme that develops ICT skills and promotes student reflection on how teenagers create and interact with their digital world.

Sarah McGuill - Author

Overview of the programme

This student workbook is divided into four sections that correspond to the four strands outlined in the Digital Media Literacy specification from the JCT. Each chapter explores each learning outcome and is filled with active learning methodologies and engaging activities.

Section 1: My digital world

This section is designed to allow students to evaluate their relationship with technology and the impact it can have on the individual.

Section 2: Following my interests online

Students will examine various ways information that is relevant to them is digitally published. A methodology will be established for recognising false news on the internet.

Section 3: Checking the facts

This section will require students to examine various digital media formats for bias. They will also look at the effect of technology on democracy.

Section 4: Publishing myself

Students will examine the information that they publish on social media. They will learn how to be safe online. They will also plan, research, reference and publish a digital media text.