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Syllabus bites: Visual literacy - Overview

Syllabus bites: Visual literacy - Overview | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

The glossary definition for Visual literacy from the BOS NSW Syllabus for the Australian curriculum in English K–10 contains the key terms and concepts about visual texts, media and communication used in the syllabus.

The Visual Literacy White Paper (.pdf 181kB) has a brief overview and history of visual literacy.

The Visual Literacy slideshow (pdf 12.8 MB) provides a comprehensive introduction to visual literacy and visual texts, including examples and activities on analysing and decoding photographs, magazines and print advertisements.


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Jean Anning's curator insight, April 30, 2013 6:25 AM

Pleased to see this turn up in 'Suggested Content' via Scoopit :)

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What is visual literacy? Start here.

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Read! Write! Think!

Read! Write! Think! | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

Engage kids in online literacy learning with these interactive tools that help them accomplish a variety of goals—from organizing their thoughts to learning about language—all while having fun!  (Resources for students in grades K-12)


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Rosanne M Lammey's comment, May 21, 2012 8:23 PM
I like the Flip a Chip interactive game where students learn affixes, roots and words in context.
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Generate QR codes to share your docs with TagMyDoc

Generate QR codes to share your docs with TagMyDoc | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

This is a really useful site for creating QR tags for your documents. It allows you to upload documents then provides a QR tag image for the link so that anyone with a QR code scanner on their mobile phone just has to scan it to download the document.


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Teaching grammar with technology - LiveBinder

Tools and activities that can be used to teach L2 grammar...

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iPad Best of the Best – 50 Essential Children’s Book Apps (Part 3: Elementary School) | The Digital Media Diet

iPad Best of the Best – 50 Essential Children’s Book Apps (Part 3: Elementary School) | The Digital Media Diet | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

Children’s book apps have been around now for over two years and we have seen a lot of wonderful titles at Digital-Storytime.com over this time. What follows is the third of a four-part series, listing the best 50 iPad books for kids, broken down by age. You can see our first list (for toddlers) here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=1645. Our second list (for preschoolers) is here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=1683

 

This list is of apps that are appropriate for kids aged six to nine, although many are also quite enjoyable for children a bit younger and older than this range. We’ve selected the very best titles we’ve found for elementary school aged kids in 2012. We have not included any of the titles that made our list in 2011, so please also check out: iPad Best of the Best – 25 Essential Children’s Book Apps.


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Top 10 trends in ed. tech to watch for in the next three years.

Top 10 trends in ed. tech to watch for in the next three years. | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it
  Education today changes quickly, and it is a common mistake for educators to believe that what they are current on today will hold them over for another decade. It is wise to keep a weather ...

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Why be an English teacher in the digital age?

Why be an English teacher in the digital age? | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it
This is a question that has been with me for some time now. Really – why be a High School English teacher in a culture where even ‘educated’ adults rarely read in any linear, sustained way and tech...

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Do You Teach Your Children Empathy?

Do You Teach Your Children Empathy? | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it
Parents can create countless teachable moments to help their kids understand how it might feel to be in someone else’s shoes and to convey empathy through words & actions.

 

Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. As discussed in my recent blog, “The Power of Empathy vs. the Power of Bullies,” empathy is defined as recognizing, understanding, and caring about how someone feels, or being able to put yourself in someone’s shoes. "Treat others the way you want to be treated” is the modified golden rule that conveys empathy. Parents can offer their children loads of opportunities to increase their sensitivity toward others, to understand how a person is feeling, or how it might feel to be in someone else’s situation.

 

by Judy S. Freedman 


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How to practice empathy

How to practice empathy | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it
When you practice empathy, you feel someone else’s pain and have a deep understanding of what this person is going through and feeling.

 

How to practice empathy:

Listen and listen hard, not only the words but the feelings behind them.

Listen without judging, and try to imagine how you would feel in that situation. Walk in the other person’s shoes figuratively.

Take inventory before you judge too harshly, so you don’t find yourself in a spot where you have to eat your own words.

Try to face life with humility. You are not better than anyone else.

Don’t label people. This is hard to do, as we are so quick label people, and classify them as good or bad.
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by LAURA CARBONELL


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Integrating Infographics into the iClassroom

Integrating Infographics into the iClassroom | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

“Common Core Standards: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears”


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Developing digital textbooks – A publisher’s experience in the Philippines

Developing digital textbooks – A publisher’s experience in the Philippines | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

Dr. Lloyd Espiritu of Vibal Publishing (Philippines) observed that as students become more technology-savvy, they demand that learning resources be available in their everyday tools like computers, tablets and phones, thus putting a pressure for publishers to go digital. However, developing digital textbooks brings a new set of concerns in practically every aspect of the book development cycle, including content development, editorial work, and distribution.


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Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know

Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

Search competency is a form of literacy, like learning a language or subject. Like any literacy, it requires having discrete skills as well as accumulating experience in how and when to use them. But this kind of intuition can’t be taught in a day or even in a unit – it has to be built up through exercise and with the guidance of instructors while students take on researching challenges.


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Plagiarism detection tools for educators

You can use these tools to deter students from cheating on assignments, which raises the quality of work for your course.


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Interactive Graphic Organizer

Interactive Graphic Organizer | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

Holt Interactive Graphic Organizers is a  free site that allows you to download and
edit a wide variety of graphic organizers that can be saved, printed and
photocopied. These graphic organizers can also be brought up on a SMARTBoard screen, where information can be typed directly into the graphic organizer during a
whole-class discussion.


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Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

Alternatives to Homework/Worksheets....


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How To Make Students Better Online Researchers

How To Make Students Better Online Researchers | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

Getting kids to really focus on what exactly they are searching for, and then be able to further distill idea into a few key specific search terms is a skill that we must teach students, and we have to do it over and over again. We never question the vital importance of teaching literacy, but we have to be mindful that there are many kinds of “literacies”. An ever more important one that ALL teachers need to be aware of is digital literacy.

 


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UA study shows electronic books can help kids learn to read — if digital extras don’t distract - Local News

UA study shows electronic books can help kids learn to read — if digital extras don’t distract - Local News | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

Electronic books for preschoolers jazz up their stories with videos, animations and games that make Goodnight Moon look like something chiseled in the Stone Age. Such books can help children learn the early skills they need for reading, but not if the special features distract them from the story on the page.

 

That’s what University of Akron researchers discovered during a three-year, federally funded project at four local Head Start sites that ended this spring. The project, called Akron Ready Steps, tested whether focusing on early literacy skills throughout the preschool day would improve children’s readiness for kindergarten. Researchers also explored the learning potential of e-books, which can be read on mobile touchscreen devices such as iPads ...


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The 21 Signs you are A 21st Century Teacher

The 21 Signs you are A 21st Century Teacher | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, August 9, 2012 9:53 AM
To work, the 21st century skills movement will require keen attention to curriculum, teacher quality, and assessment.
A growing number of business leaders, politicians, and educators are united around the idea that students need "21st century skills" to be successful today. It's exciting to believe that we live in times that are so revolutionary that they demand new and different abilities. But in fact, the skills student’s needs in the 21st century are not new.
Critical thinking and problem solving, for example, have been components of human progress throughout history, from the development of early tools, to agricultural advancements, to the invention of vaccines, to land and sea exploration. Such skills as information literacy and global awareness are not new, at least not among the elites in different societies. The need for mastery of different kinds of knowledge, ranging from facts to complex analysis? Not new either. Today we cannot afford a system in which receiving a high-quality education is akin to a game of bingo. If we are to have a more equitable and effective public education system, skills that have been the province of the few must become universal.
This distinction between "skills that are novel" and "skills that must be taught more intentionally and effectively" ought to lead policymakers to different education reforms than those they are now considering. If these skills were indeed new, then perhaps we would need a radical overhaul of how we think about content and curriculum. But if the issue is, instead, that schools must be more deliberate about teaching critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving to all students, then the remedies are more obvious, although still intensely challenging.
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8 Tools to Create an Irresistible Ebook

8 Tools to Create an Irresistible Ebook | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it
These eight tools will make the experience of creating your first ebook painless and even fun.

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Great New Children's Books for 5-18 year-olds (July 2012)

Great New Children's Books for 5-18 year-olds (July 2012) | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it
This post is my latest review of children's books. All except 1 or 2 have been published this year. They are mostly Australian authors with a few English and one Canadian. They arranged in an age appropriate order from ...

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Compassion in Action | Vancouver School Board

Compassion in Action | Vancouver School Board | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

Although compassion is a cornerstone of every major faith in the world, it is also a secular and universal human value. Compassion is essential to our safe and caring schools and community.

 

Compassion gives us the ability to feel with others and brings us into the presence of something greater than ourselves. It helps us to address the issues that we face both locally and globally. Compassion is fundamental to devloping socially responsible citizens who can address the global challenges we face.

 

Secondary Lessons Plans about the Charter for Compassion

 

The Charter for Compassion
Lesson on the Charter for Compassion
Lesson on Karen Armstrong
Rubric for Charter and Karen Armstrong Lesson
Ideas for English Language Arts Curriculum Connections
Digital Expression Lesson: Is Compassion Necessary?  
Digital Expression iMovie-Making Rubric


Additional Secondary Lesson Plans for Exploring the

 

Topic of Compassion

Developing Empathy
Drama Unit Plan on Compassion
Science 8 Water Bottles
Universal Responsibility


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Five methods to teach and promote empathy - ADRhub Werner Institute

Five methods to teach and promote empathy - ADRhub Werner Institute | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

5 methods to teach and promote empathy:
Role Playing
Role Exchanging or Role Reversal
Guided Imagination (i.e. imagination and adoption of relevant characteristics)
Explicit Modeling
Induction (i.e. giving explanations that appeal to other motivating forces and desires)


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Boys Value Reading More with Ereaders

Boys Value Reading More with Ereaders | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

As the use of ereaders grows in K–12 schools, school librarians and other educators want to learn how best to adopt devices for student use. But many schools are still in the pilot stage, and it’s unclear how they will eventually integrate these digital tools.


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How Interactive Ebooks Engage Readers and Enhance Learning

How Interactive Ebooks Engage Readers and Enhance Learning | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

Enhanced ebooks (ePUB3) are a new digital publication standard that allows easy integration of video, audio, and interactivity. I expect this format to advance the future of textbooks and other educational material. Future textbooks might be able to “read themselves” with audio narration, perhaps preventing students from actually reading. But the benefits outweigh the downsides; for example, the new text books might also offer the ability to make and share annotations without destroying the book, interactive self-tests throughout the chapters, and generally a much more enjoyable learning experience.


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Digital Study Skills - Gist Reading

Digital Study Skills - Gist Reading | 21st century Literacy | Scoop.it

Studying and researching online is becoming an ever more important element of our digital skill set. I spend a lot of time reading online and skimming through numerous articles from journals and blogs, so I'm always keen to find useful tools which can assist me or my students in this and make the process more efficient. One tool which I have just discovered and which I hope will help with this process is Cruxbot.


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