I’ve tried to add a little more description to each of the existing web literacy skills here:


Here are three examples…

Browser Basics

Browser Basics is about knowing enough about a web browser to be able to navigate through webpages without getting lost.


  • How to type in a URL and visit that webpage.
  • How to click on things (eg: a link).
  • How to navigate back to the page you were previously on
  • How to retrieve the URL of the page you are currently on, in order to share it, paste it in an email, return to it later, etc.
  • How to pause a current activity (eg: filling in a form) to do another activity (eg: open up another tab to look something up) and return to the original activity without losing state.

Restaurant HTML

The ability to identify HTML and know how it works. The ability to use basic html and understanding of how to create and format basic page structure using CSS, images, links, lists, sound and video.


  • Tags (the opening and closing thereof)
  • Basic formatting tags (bold, paragraph, etc.)
  • Links
  • Images, video, audio
  • Lists
  • Where to find more tags, look up tag/attribute syntax
  • CSS and classes
  • CSS and ids
  • How to find an example of formatting you want to copy, view its source, and then use the example to include it in your own page.

Collaborative Making

Harnessing the collaborative, open nature of the web to produce something authored by more than one person. Also see: open web.

  • Using the web to produce something in collaboration with someone else
  • Asynchronous collaboration (eg: git, wikis, etc.)
  • Synchronous collaboration (eg: etherpad, etc.)
  • Working with people you’ve never met (eg: open wikis)
  • Best practices and etiquette, see: community etiquette

As always, I think it’s futile to try to enumerate an exact set of exactly what needs to be known in each skill to the exclusion of all other skills, but hopefully definitions structured in this way can at least start to provide a template and border of ideas for those hoping to use these skills to generate lesson plans, etc.

Feedback, as always, is totally welcome.