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Understanding Digital Civics | DMLcentral

Understanding Digital Civics | DMLcentral | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

There’s a worthwhile critique of discussions about the internet and civic engagement that asks why we’d impute any special powers to a communication medium. I agree that we are oversimplifying situations when we declare that Facebook overthrew Mubarak or that Chinese authoritarianism cannot survive the rise of Weibo microblogging services. But it would also be a mistake not to take seriously the role of new communications media in understanding civic life. In democratic states, citizens need information about what challenges a government faces and what it’s proposing to do about it to be effective citizens. And citizens need to be able to connect with one another to discuss, debate and propose solutions. What a communications medium makes possible has a shaping influence on civic life....

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Findings of a Survey on Tweetchats

Findings of a Survey on Tweetchats | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
Survey on Tweetchats On 21 August 2012 I published a post entitled #uklibchat, #ECRchat, #PhDchat, #Socialchat and Other Tweetchats which provided an introduction to “Tweetchats” and il...
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How (and Why) to Participate in a Tweetchat - ProfHacker

How (and Why) to Participate in a Tweetchat - ProfHacker | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

If you’re new to Twitter, or if you’re not sure if you even want to give it a try, participating (or even just observing) a tweetchat is one of the best ways to see the professional possibilities that Twitter offers...

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From Dance...Writing Across the Curriculum

Art Education, Dance, Writing Across the CurriculumWhat is Writing Across the Curriculum?
Writing across the curriculum (WAC) refers to incorporating writing in all content areas or courses, rather than isolating writing in the English Language Arts (ELA) class. While the ELA teacher continues to emphasize the development of writing skills, teachers of other disciplines include writing as a tool for both learning and assessment. Students benefit from WAC because they are writing more frequently and often for greater variety of purposes, audiences, and contexts. Additionally, students learn the content and the styles of discourse for other disciplines as they write for each course or area. Teachers can use writing to help assess student knowledge and understanding of the discipline's content, as well as to encourage the development of communication skills essential to success in school and beyond.
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5 things to remember when emailing a professor | USA TODAY College

5 things to remember when emailing a professor | USA TODAY College | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
We all email our professors daily, but does anyone actually know the correct way to correspond with them?
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Victor Wooten: Music as a Language

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/victor-wooten-music-as-a-language Music is a powerful communication tool--it causes us to laugh, cry, think and q...
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Six Ways to Look at Badging Systems Designed for Learning | Online Leadership Program

Six Ways to Look at Badging Systems Designed for Learning | Online Leadership Program | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
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White Paper Library | eSchool News

This exclusive White Paper Library brings you the latest white papers in education technology, covering topics like Student Performance, Classroom strategies,...
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Foucault and social media: life in a virtual panopticon

Foucault and social media: life in a virtual panopticon | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

By making our actions and shares visible to a crowd, social media exposes us to a kind of virtual Panopticon. This is not just because our activities are monitored and recorded by the social media service for the purposes of producing market analysis or generating targeted advertising. For the most part, we can and do ignore this kind of data harvesting. The surveillance that directly affects us and impacts on our behaviour comes from the people with whom we share.


There are no guards and no prisoners in Facebook’s virtual Panopticon. We are both guards and prisoners, watching and implicitly judging one another as we share content.


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Checking Your Facebook Privacy (Again) - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Checking Your Facebook Privacy (Again) - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"One of the tricky things about managing your Facebook privacy is that there are so many different choices to make. The service allows you granular control over almost everything you’re willing to share, but that also means you’re going have to make many, many choices. The other thing that is tricky about privacy on Facebook is that it frequently changes its privacy settings, to say nothing of its interface. As I’ve taught these workshops over the last two years, I’ve found that I have to change the Facebook portion every semester simply because they’ve put new options out there, and they’ve put them in new places.

So if it’s been 6, 12, or 24 months since you’ve last checked your Facebook settings, here are seven steps to making sure you’ve got everything the way you’d like it."

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6 Social Media Suggestions for Your Online Course

6 Social Media Suggestions for Your Online Course | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
The use of social media in online education is booming with so many options you could get stuck just trying to keep up. While we may want to try out every new tool, and feel pressure to be on the cutting edge, that endeavor ...
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The ‘I’ve Always Wondered Why…’ Project

The ‘I’ve Always Wondered Why…’ Project | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
It started after I watched this~ My students were inspired by data coming to life like this~ And then they went on their own explorations, asking questions, surveying, collecting, agonising, regret...
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The Centrality of Text | Burkins & Yaris

The Centrality of Text | Burkins & Yaris | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

This post explores the word text in terms of the number of times it is used in the Common Core document.


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The Handbook

The Handbook is a collection of ideas and activities, based in the Performance Cycle, that represent the current work of the ArtsLiteracy Project.

Background:
> Overview of the Handbook
> Overview of the Performance Cycle

The Handbook:
> Building Community
> Entering Text
> Comprehending Text
> Creating Text
> Rehearsing/Revising Text
> Performing Text

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Education reformers must teach values, not just facts

Education reformers must teach values, not just facts | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"These teachers were bright and well versed in their respective academic fields but understood little about the social and cultural forces shaping the actions of their students. And in too many cases, were actually proud of the fact they were not knowledgeable. If education reform continues to operate in a vacuum it is surely bound to the detention center for remaining clueless in a time of needed change."

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Dance Notation on the Web

The DNB's mission is to record dances in a way that will allow them to be performed. The DNB documents on paper using a symbol system called Labanotation.
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Redefining Literacy: When the Arts and Core Curriculum Collide

Redefining Literacy: When the Arts and Core Curriculum Collide | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
I'm certainly not the first to observe that the term literacy has new meaning for our students -- a meaning that calls both educators and parents to carefully consider all the places where our children need help "reading and writing the world."
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EdTech Didi | Facebook

EdTech Didi | Facebook | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
I work hard to bring teachers, parents, and students the best educational technology tools out there that are designed to educate, engage, and empower.
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For 'Connected Educator Month,' Tips From 33 Educators We Admire

For 'Connected Educator Month,' Tips From 33 Educators We Admire | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
We asked everyone who has written for or collaborated with us on the blog to answer two simple questions. Read what these 33 educators have to say to get over 100 great recommendations and ideas.
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Recommended Readings | Berkman Center

"The Berkman Center faculty offer this list of their major works, and those of their peers and colleagues, to introduce the study of cyberlaw and related fields.

Not only is this reading list a window into the work of the Center and to the ideas and issues that animate it, it also provides a useful jumping off point for those who wish to delve more deeply into the questions and debates around the nature and potential of cyberspace."

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Home | Spigot

Home | Spigot | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"We aggregate news, research, opinion and info for those working at the intersection of learning, technology, and youth."

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Welcome to Viewshare

Welcome to Viewshare | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

Ingest collections from spreadsheets. Upload from your desktop or import them from a URL. Generate distinct interactive visual interfaces to your digital collections, including maps and timelines, and sophisticated faceted navigation.

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Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies | poster

Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies | poster | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
Logical fallacies are often sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people. Don't be fooled! This website has been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent head.
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More than Words Can Say: Infographics

Good learning experiences ask students to investigate and make sense of the world. While there are many ways to do this, K–12 curriculum has traditionally skewed toward reading and writing to interpret and express students’ sensemaking. But there is another way. Infographics represent data and ideas visually, in pictures, engaging more parts o the brain to look at a problem from more than one angle.
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Second Screen Trend: Using New Media to Revive Old Habits ...

Second Screen Trend: Using New Media to Revive Old Habits ... | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
“The world changed dramatically with all the smartphones and tablets. People are multi-tasking while they are watching TV.” Adam Cahan, vice president of Yahoo!'s “Into Now” smartphone and tablet application, faced the ...
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