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How college students find and use information

How college students find and use information | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

"My friends over at Project Information Literacy have just released this infographic to summarize their recent research on how college students find and use information."


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Strategic Directions for School Libraries

How will education libraries best serve their communities in 2015? Why do we need to organise information more effectively? SCIS and CSU slideshare


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Martin Scorsese and George Lucas Discuss Cinema and Visual Literacy in Education - NoFilmSchool

Martin Scorsese and George Lucas Discuss Cinema and Visual Literacy in Education - NoFilmSchool | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
There are already plenty of universities and colleges that teach communications and film, but very few schools below that level get much further than basic art (From a brilliant storyteller: "Martin Scorsese discusses cinema and visual literacy in...
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Writing with Images in the Digital Age

Writing with Images in the Digital Age | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

As text and image converge and blend, complement or replace one another, and become something new, our ways of reading and writing and studying have become transformed as well. If we want to help our students become effective communicators, that is, effective users and producers of image-texts, we need to understand these media from the inside out and become better users and producers ourselves.


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Meryl Jaffe, PhD's comment, December 2, 2012 3:09 PM
Great article, thanks!
Terry Doherty's comment, December 4, 2012 1:20 PM
Drat! I didn't see your finger prints on this one I was going to send it too you!
Meryl Jaffe, PhD's comment, December 4, 2012 2:22 PM
Terry, I got your message above - not sure my paws are that big but I love the post - so thanks!
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How Computers Will Reverse Engineer The Human Mind By 2029

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A new Ray Kurzweil book is always a major event. And his latest work, How To Create A Mind: The Secret Of Human Thought Revealed, is classic Kurzweil – both infuriatingly brilliant and brilliantly infuriating. Given Kurzweil’s remarkable intelligence, it might not be a coincidence that How To Create A Mind is a book about intelligence – focusing, in classic Kurzweilian territory, on the growing intelligence of machines.


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Faculty of Education » Giving People the Opportunity to Contribute: A model for inclusive education

Faculty of Education » Giving People the Opportunity to Contribute: A model for inclusive education | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Dr. Jennifer Katz’s model holds real promise of making the inclusive classroom a more concretely understood practice in Manitoba. While we have a legal statute that mandates appropriate education, we desperately need to translate that mandate into everyday experience. Dr. Katz’s “Three-Block Model” can help educators to create that new reality.


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Kelly Gallagher – Resources

Great "food for thought"...several articles are a must read ( particlulary the Writing to Read  study, There's No Such Think as A Reading Test, and many others...)


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Teachers Guide on The Use of Wikis in Education

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Teachers Guide on The Use of Wikis in Education

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Today's guide is about Wikis in education. This is the 14th guide we are publishing here and there are more coming on the way. We , in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, are very much hoping that by the time we finish posting all the series of guides we have been working on, our readers ( most of whom are teachers and educators ) will have already acquainted themselves with some powerful web tools to integrate technology into their education. As I said in earlier guides, we will also publish a free ebook containing all the guides we have written plus several other surprises for teachers, so stay tuned.

 

What is a Wiki ?

 

According to Leuf and Cunningham, a wiki is " a free expandable collection of interlinked webpages, a hypertext system for storing and modifyinh information, a data base, where each page is easily edited by any user." A Wiki can be thought of as a combination of a web site and a Word document. At its simplest, it can be read just like any other web site, with no access privileges necessary, but its real power lies in the fact that groups can collaboratively work on the content of the site using nothing but a standard web browser.

The Wiki is gaining traction in education as an ideal tool for collaborative work but there are more than just collaboration that makes a Wiki a promising web tool for teachers and students. Let us go through some of these features to learn more about the potential of this tool in education.

 

Reasons why Wikis are important in education

 

Here is a list of some of the most important features that make out of Wikis powerful learning tools in the 21st century education :

Most of the Wiki hosting platforms are freeWikis are easy to create and do not require any tech wizardary to run and maintain themThey have very student-friendly interfacesThey can be accessed anywhere with an internet connectionAnyone can edit a wiki Wikis are instantaneous so there is no need to wait for a publisher to create a new edition or update informationGeographical borders are deleted and students from all around the world can collaborate and work on the same documentThe Wiki software keeps track of every edit made and it is a simple process to revert back to a previous version of an articleWikis widen access to the power of web publishing to non-technical usersWikis are flexible and do not have a predetermined structure meaning they can be used for a wide range of applications

 

Tips for teachers before using a Wiki

 

Here are some points teachers need to keep in mind while using Wikis in their classrooms :

Select a Wiki platform that you and your students are fanilair withLook for a video tutorial online on how to use that platform to share with your studentsYou can use Teachers Free tutorial making tools to create your own tutorial about how students can use the wiki you are about to set up and share it with studentsDedicate a whole session to just walking your students around the different features of a Wiki and get them to do some example posting before youTeach them about copyright issues and ethics ( chekc these resources tostart with )Give them the reasons why you are creating this Wiki and make it clear it is for learningTalk to them about the benefits they can get from using a Wiki in their learningCreate a classroom FAQ page that will help new students learn about your wikiCreate a poll or do a kind of voting on the name to pick for your wikiDon't forget to get parents permission and make sure to inform the school authorities about the presence of the wikiPeriodically brief parents about the proceedings of the classroom wiki and if possible get them to contribute too.

How students and teachers can use Wikis in the classroom

 

Here are some suggested ideas on how you can leverage the power of Wikis to your classroom teaching and learning :

 

You can share docs, media, and PDF files on your classroom wikiWikis can be used as a portal for all your lessonsUsing the discussion feature in Wikis, You can connect with your students and give them extra helpTeachers can expand their teaching beyond the classroom wallsYou can use your Wiki to share presentations with your studentsMake it a class project to collaboratively write a reference book that others can use.Post assignments and study guides on your Wiki for the class to work onGet your class to create summary pages on every unit they learnEncourage students to share links and other helpful pieces of information on your classroom wikiAllow students to make drafts on the wiki and ask others to comment on themAssign portfolio pages to each of your students and allow them to display and discuss their workUse your wiki for peer editing , for example students can edit each others work for spelling, grammar, or anything else you want them to learnWikis are a great way to get feedback from your students. Ask them to post comments on wiki pagesUse Wikis to track projects allowing thus students to see which tasks have been completed and which have notCreate a news outlet on your wikiCreate an achievement page where parents can log in to see what their kids have accomplishedFinally teachers can also use wikis for professional development and to connect with other educators from other places to discuss, share and learn from each other.

 

Two Great Wiki hosting platforms to start with:

 

Here are some platforms where you can start your wiki for free. They are among the best available for teachers :

 

1- Wikispaces :

This is a free wiki host providing community wiki spaces, visual page editing, and discussion areas. It is my favourite platform and it is the first one I would recommend you try for your class.

2- PBworks

This is another great wiki hosting platform that lets anyone sign up and create a new wiki but the free version is ad-supported.

Examples of Educational Wikis

1- Classroom Wikis
2- Student Created Wikis
3- Higher-Ed Wikis
4- Group Project Wikis
5- Global Connections Wikis
6- PTO Wikis
7- Teacher Peer Wikis

 

Wiki video tutorials:

1- How to Build an Educational Wiki

2- Using Wikis in The Classroom

Webliography.

A Wiki Walk Through
Wikis in Plain English
Exemplary Classroom Wikispaces
Tips for Teaching Wikis
The Way of The Wiki
Cybrary Man Wiki Resources
Wikis Connecting Education
10 Best Practices for Using Wikis in Education
17 Interesting Ways to Use a Wiki in The Classroom
50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom

 


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Using Social Media In The Classroom For Real-World Learning

Using Social Media In The Classroom For Real-World Learning | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

There is already evidence that teachers are using social media as part of teaching strategies, with the aim of encouraging students to view social networks as less of a pleasurable distraction, and more as something that can be used in projects and for personal expression in a medium they prefer.


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Mark Keane's comment, December 3, 2012 4:49 AM
The use of social media for learning is essential, particularly in secondary (high schools). Too many teens are engaged with social media, for fast periods of time, with no return on their investment. Schools and their pupil's would benefit from the social media angle.
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The use of social media for learning is essential, particularly in secondary (high schools). Too many teens are engaged with social media, for fast periods of time, with no return on their investment. Schools and their pupil's would benefit from the social media angle.
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The pros and cons of social media classrooms

The pros and cons of social media classrooms | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

How social media platforms can be used as a learning tool - and what some of the advantages and disadvantages are.


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Great Resources and Tools for Teaching Using Comic Strips

Great Resources and Tools for Teaching Using Comic Strips | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Comic strips and cartoons are great learning and teaching materials. Students love them and you can see the excitement in their eyes the moment they know they are included in their lesson. Well, think of yourself when you were a student, I bet you had the same feelings about these materials.

 

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http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/12/great-resources-and-tools-for-teaching.html

 

Many great resources here!


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Myths of Digital Literacy

This program asks the question, "Is technology destroying our ability to write or reviving it?" Watch this fascinating discussion on the new age of digital c...
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The Single Most Important Factor for iPad Success in Schools

The Single Most Important Factor for iPad Success in Schools | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Tony Vincent's Learning in Hand - Blog -

 

When you think of iPads in schools, you probably think of a cart that's wheeled into a classroom.

 

"personal 'ownership' of the device is seen as the single most important factor for successful use of this technology."


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How To Visualize Ideas, Information & Data Using Sketchnoting

How To Visualize Ideas, Information & Data Using Sketchnoting | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
If you’re a student or someone who takes notes a regular basis, you may be interested in a fun and even artistic movement called Sketchnoting. Sketchnoting is like notetaking, but it includes visual notes as well as words.
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Project Based Learning

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Visual Literacy in the Classroom

Created by students for teachers, this movie shows students frustrated with the lack of visuals in the classroom. Teachers need to educate themselves on the ...
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Useful Timer Tools for Teachers

Useful Timer Tools for Teachers | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Whether you have problems with your time management in class or you just want to focus students attention on the importance of time while working on tasks, the timers below will be of great help to you.


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Saying No to College

Saying No to College | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The idea that a college diploma is an all-but-mandatory ticket to a successful career is showing fissures. Risky? Perhaps. But it worked for the founders of Twitter, Tumblr and a little company known as Apple.

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Don't Miss This Critical Thinking Poster for your Class

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What storytelling does to our brains

What storytelling does to our brains | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Storytelling is one of the most overused and underused techniques at the same time. In this post, we are revealing what storytelling does to our brains.


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Thanks for the article.
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you are welcome :)
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Critical Literacy: Is Notion of Traditonal Reading and Writing Enough ...

Critical Literacy: Is Notion of Traditonal Reading and Writing Enough ... | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Tweet Is traditional reading and writing enough to be considered literate in the 21st century?I have put together my thoughts via a slide deck. Please note, that I am not advocating throwing out traditional reading and writing, ...
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The Best School I’ve Seen Yet

The Best School I’ve Seen Yet | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

It is now one month to the day since I visited Northern Beaches Christian School, in Terrey Hills, about 30 km north of Sydney.  The fact that now, a month later, I still find myself thinking regul...


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Mapping Media to the Curriculum: What do you want to CREATE today?

Mapping Media to the Curriculum: What do you want to CREATE today? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Wes Freyer's awesome interactive resource for product-based learning.


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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology [Infographic]

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology [Infographic] | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

November 30, 2012 by Angela Maiers

 

Love this great post from the folks at Always Prepared entitled: ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology‘ and the infographic it inspired from Mark Bates. Both highlight “The Habitudes” of educators who are effectively using technology to enhance and impact teaching and learning. Hat tip to Shawn McCusker for this awesome Twitter find!

 

A MUST read:

http://www.angelamaiers.com/2012/11/7-habits-of-highly-effective-teachers-who-use-technology.html

 


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Applicable to all learners, whether students or teachers or carrerists. 

Maria Kallergi's curator insight, April 3, 2013 7:23 AM

we don't want to be left behind

Terri Rice's curator insight, July 27, 7:08 PM

Absolutely! it is so good to know I have some of the qualities. Working on integrating them all into my daily life.

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

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