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Curated by #literacies courses at Vanderbilt and NYU. For information ask on Twitter with #literacies or @writerswriting and @Dr_Pendergrass.
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Save paper & ink printing only what you want « PrintWhatYouLike.com

Save paper & ink printing only what you want « PrintWhatYouLike.com | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
Format any web page for printing in seconds with this free online editor...
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Collaborative annotation of images online | SpeakingImage

Collaborative annotation of images online | SpeakingImage | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"SpeakingImage is an application for creating interactive images and share them with others.

You can also create groups, add wikis and set different permissions to manage collaborative work."

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A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

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Twitter Hashtags In The Classroom

Twitter Hashtags In The Classroom | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

1. Using a hashtag helps to create community learning.

2. Hashtags can help tap into the wisdom of your entire class. 

3. Share learning with your community. 
4. You are never limited to the learning of your classroom. 
5. You are helping kids create a positive digital footprint while also showing how social media can be used for learning.

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Visual Literacy: Implications for Math Education

Visual Literacy: Implications for Math Education | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

Maureen Devlin's recent post about visual literacy and mathematics learning in which she shares her thinking processes and references she used. This post illustrates transmediation in action.


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Standard English in decline among UK teenagers - Telegraph

Standard English in decline among UK teenagers - Telegraph | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
Half of teenagers fail to spot the difference between standard English grammar and colloquial language, according to research.
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'Connected Learning': Can it help bridge our race/ethnicity/class/gender divides?

'Connected Learning': Can it help bridge our race/ethnicity/class/gender divides? | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"What is 'connected learning'? It is a concept that the Connected Learning Research Network, a group of researchers supported by the MacArthur Foundation, will be working to develop and refine. Broadly speaking, connected learning refers to the increasingly complex ways in which young people’s learning ecologies are evolving. It is the notion that, in addition to happening anytime and anywhere, learning happens across the many different networks that teens’ navigate. School is an obvious node in a young learner’s network. But school represents only one node among many others, which includes after school sites, extracurricular activities, online communities, libraries, family, and peer communities just to name a few. When the lines that distinguish each of these is blurred and learning happens fluidly across the different nodes we believe that connected learning -- learning that is social, mobile, engaged, efficacious, student-driven, adult-supported, and civic-oriented -- is happening."

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Kids have 'adult' tech skills; parents don't know it

Kids have 'adult' tech skills; parents don't know it | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
The average 11-year-old child has adult-like technology skills, but the vast majority of parents still think they know more than their kids when it comes to that subject, according to a survey by security firm AVG.
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The Math Book- A must read | Great Maths Teaching Ideas

The Math Book- A must read | Great Maths Teaching Ideas | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"Where this book really succeeds is in it’s pitch. The language is colloquial enough to be accessible to anyone with an interest in mathematics yet specific enough to interest and engage the specialist. The book begins back in 150 million B.C. describing research that has shown that ants around back then were are able to ‘count’ to successfully navigate..."

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Five Reasons Why Your Child Won't Be a Scientist (and What You Can Do About It)

Five Reasons Why Your Child Won't Be a Scientist (and What You Can Do About It) | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
Unfortunately in too many cases, children who are "doing well" in science are memorizing, not thinking critically, and end up being successful with grades, but unprepared for college level science.
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One Year of Prison Costs More Than One Year at Princeton

One Year of Prison Costs More Than One Year at Princeton | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
Many states spend much more money on incarceration than they do on higher education..Wherever he is right now, Michel Foucault has a smug look on his face. Send criminals to the Ivy League instead of to prison; it’s cheaper and the outcomes (according to him) are similar.
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Chicago Public Schools fails to close performance gap

Black students still losing academic ground despite reforms, study finds.

 

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The Digital Divide Goes to School

"In era in which innovation and constant change are the norm with digital technologies, the access to and experience with digital devices, broadband Internet and composing softwares is paramount. In this infographic, ASCD not only proposes the digital divide in terms of individuals, but schools in comparison to, I assume, industry and business.

What does it mean for students’ digital literacy when the most use of the Internet by teachers is assigning homework and practice? I italicized assigning here, because it does not say that students are being asked to do homework digitally. Rather this is the venue to assign homework. What does it mean when 41% of school leaders are reducing funding for professional development and 60% are delaying upgrades? In our book, Developing Writers, we review the mixed reports about digital access and experience, and one particular point seems pertinent here: Wells and Lewis (2006) reported that 1994 to 2005 the number of school classrooms in the US with computer and Internet access increased from 3% to 94%. Still, schools are notoriously print-centric and paper-centric. And with the report from ASCD, it seems that the digital divide between the lives of our students in and out of school is only growing. Compounded to this is the reality that for many students, ASCD reports 32%, school is their one means to digital devices, broadband Internet and composing software. We haven’t even started on equity issues."

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twitter in 60 seconds: Using Twitter for Professional Development

Made for a challenge -"Tell us about twitter in 60 seconds" I made EVERY effort to properly credit the CC licensed photos I used.
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Mathematics in Movies: Harvard Prof Curates 150+ Scenes

Mathematics in Movies: Harvard Prof Curates 150+ Scenes | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it


Oliver Knill teaches calculus, linear algebra and differential equations at Harvard, and, several years back, he pulled together a fairly nifty collection of Mathematics Scenes in Movies.
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A Social Network Can Be a Learning Network

A Social Network Can Be a Learning Network | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"Since my course blog was on the open Web, my students' work could be seen by others, including Google's indexing robots and the cryptography researcher. As a result, my students ended up writing for a much bigger audience. The papers they wrote for my course weren't just academic exercises; they were authentic expressions of learning, open to the world as part of their 'digital footprints.'"

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Screen Time Higher Than Ever for Children, Study Finds

Screen Time Higher Than Ever for Children, Study Finds | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

Children under 8 are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and an “app gap” is emerging between children in affluent and low-income households, a new study found.

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» Study: Math Skills Rely on Language, Not Just Logic

» Study: Math Skills Rely on Language, Not Just Logic | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
Knowing a language that uses counting words can shape one’s ability to understand large numbers.
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The Innovative Educator: 10 Online Ed Trends Coming to a High School Near You

The Innovative Educator: 10 Online Ed Trends Coming to a High School Near You | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

Here, is a collection of some of the most common ways schools are pushing learning into the digital realm, with many employing more than one – or even all. As online education evolves, it’s likely that communities will see more and more students taking advantage of these programs, necessitating even more innovations and strategies.

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30+ Cool Content Curation Tools for Personal & Professional Use

30+ Cool Content Curation Tools for Personal & Professional Use | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
As the web becomes more and more inundated with blogs, videos, tweets, status updates, news, articles, and countless other forms of content, “information overload” is something we all seem to suffer. It is becoming more difficult to weed through all the “stuff” out there and pluck out the best, most share-worthy tidbits of information, especially if your topic is niche. Let’s face it, Google definitely has its shortcomings when it comes to content curation and the more it tries to cater to all audiences, the less useful it becomes.
The demand for timely, relevant content that is specific to our unique interests and perspectives has given rise to a new generation of tools that aim to help individuals and companies curate content from the web and deliver it in a meaningful way. These new tools range from simple, application-specific types such as social media aggregators and discovery engines, to more complex, full-blown publishing solutions for organizations....
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100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media In the Classroom | Online Universities

Social media may have started out as a fun way to connect with friends, but it has evolved to become a powerful tool for education and business.
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Abstracts - ‘Digital Natives’? The effects of new and old media on children’s language acquisition and literacy

The current generation of young children has been described as ‘digital natives’, having been born into a ubiquitous digital media environment. They are envisaged as educationally independent of the guided interaction provided by “digital immigrants”: parents and teachers. This paper uses data from the multiple waves the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) to study the effect of various media on children’s development of vocabulary and traditional literacy. Previous research has suggested that time spent watching television is associated with less time spent reading and, ultimately, with inferior educational outcomes. The early studies of the ‘new’, digital media (computers, games consoles, mobile phones, the internet, etc.) assumed these devices would have similar effects on literacy outcomes to those associated with television. Moreover, these earlier studies relied on poorer measures of time spent in media use and usually did not control for the context of the child’s media use. Fortunately LSAC contains measures of access to digital devices; parental mediation practices; the child’s use of digital devices as recorded in time-diaries; direct measures of the child’s passive vocabulary; and teachers’ rating of the child’s literacy. The analysis presented shows the importance of the parental context framing the child’s media use in promoting acquisition of vocabulary, and suggests that computer (but not games) use is associated with more developed language skills. Independently of these factors raw exposure to television is not harmful to learning as previously thought.

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The China Conundrum

The China Conundrum | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
Some applicants from China are good. Some are too good to be true. American colleges struggle to tell the difference.
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