Combining Literacy learning with Technology Education (EDP4130 Curator Project)
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Combining Literacy learning with Technology Education (EDP4130 Curator Project)
This curated project looks at increasing student skills and understandings of Technology Education in conjunction with the learning of Literacy.
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Teaching Resources | Combining Literacy learning with Technology Education (EDP4130 Curator Project) |
4 Principles Of Digital Literacy
Jo Oberholzer's comment, June 6, 2013 11:04 PM
The 4 Principles of Digital Literacy attempts to reaffirm the elements shared between traditional literacy and digital literacy. With the majority of society educated through the traditional methods, becoming familiar with new age developments can appear intimidating or even incomprehensible. These principles breaks down digital literacy and inform the reader about how the technological aspects of literacy can be assimilated with the structures of regular, day to day concepts. Highlighted within this model are the distributing capabilities that being digitally literate allows, and it explains how this advancement in literacy makes it possible to now share and collect the knowledge, understandings and opinions of multiple people within an authentic community. In the 21st century classroom it is possible and encouraged to embrace these digital literacies, using everyday reading and writing skills as stepping stones towards curating a collection of knowledge that can be accessed in the long term.
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Literacy and Essential Skills: Why Digital Literacy is Crucial

Literacy and Essential Skills: Why Digital Literacy is Crucial | Combining Literacy learning with Technology Education (EDP4130 Curator Project) |
One newspaper writes that "there is no place in class for digital illiterates". How are our definitions of literacy being shaped in the 21st century?

Via Anthony Beal
Jo Oberholzer's comment, June 6, 2013 11:48 PM
This article expresses the importance of implementing technology into modern education, while also suggesting that it needs to be done in a meaning full way. With constant evolution, people need to be able to utilise technologies to find information and also share information with others. Therefore, digital literacies have now become just as relevant as traditional literacy in developing students’ both cognitively and socially. Expressed in this article is a warning that students who lack technological literacy skills are being left behind, and this is why finding a relationship between teaching literacy and teaching technology could help to improve understanding and skills within both content areas.
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Digital Literacy Narrative- Technology and Literacy

This is the final draft of my literacy narrative.
Jo Oberholzer's comment, June 7, 2013 12:50 AM
The digital literacy of programming is but one example of how to combine traditional literacy and numeracy skills to create a product with endless possibilities. Programming is typical example of how technology have begun to influence modern literacy, and in doing so creating its very own, equally important sub strand known as digital literacies. The ability to exchange ideas and opinions with other people around the world reaffirms its value to modern society, while creating opportunities for anyone to express their creativity. Literacy is about more than simply reading and writing, and that is why digital literacies are so important in modern education. It allows people to understand how technology of any variety work and this understanding can help amplify the skills of those using them.
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Technological Literacy: The Key to Education Reform

Technological Literacy: The Key to Education Reform | Combining Literacy learning with Technology Education (EDP4130 Curator Project) |
By Harry Keller Editor, Science Education What is technological literacy? Why should you even care? It seems that technological literacy is one of the latest buzz phrases in education, but how many...
Jo Oberholzer's comment, June 7, 2013 12:34 AM
This article explains how the meaning of literacy has evolved from being the process of reading and writing, to now representing knowledge or competency within an area. Technological or digital literacies can therefore be defined as the ability to understand and evaluate various strands that technology present. This is why it is important to understand that being able to use technology and understanding technology are two very different things. Constructing useful and engaging classroom content therefore requires more than just the opportunity to explore digital technology in particular, but also has a need for explicit teaching of how these technologies work and why they are important. Expanding student and teacher thinking will not only be more rewarding long term, but will prove to create a more constructive and engaging learning process.
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Web Design - Year 6 - Google Pages - Resources - TES

Web Design - Year 6 - Google Pages - Resources - TES | Combining Literacy learning with Technology Education (EDP4130 Curator Project) |
A unit of work based on the web building tool Google Pages. Pupils build a live website around one of their hobbies, looking at how a webpage is built up, and what elements are needed to make a successful webpage.
Jo Oberholzer's comment, June 7, 2013 12:56 AM
Included within this link is an example of how to approach the digital literacy of web designing in a classroom context. One of the great things about web design is the endless possibilities that can help inspire children to be creative and use critical thinking skills to make something that is unique to their values, beliefs and interests. There are so many modern uses for websites, with the internet providing endless products for researching, informing, interacting and sharing. Learning this skill at a young age allows students to build up their digital literacy repertoire while advancing to further challenges. Teachers are encouraged to include some form of web design into their curriculum structure, and this plan is a good starting point towards doing so effectively.
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What most schools don't teach

Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in in 90% of US schools. Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg,, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Ton...
Jo Oberholzer's comment, June 7, 2013 12:02 AM
Within this video, many of the heavyweights of society’s technology development discuss how the digital literacy of programming is a vital and fun to improve critical and creative thinking. Common misconceptions about programming include that it is purely made up of solving complex algorithms, when in fact it is more about the process of breaking down problems and finding new ways to solve them. Coding, as it is commonly referred to, isn’t restricted to the one or two children at the top of their class, but rather allows anyone to express themselves through determination and practice. Requirements does include basic literacy and numeracy skills, providing added incentive for students to develop these relevant skills with the incentive of creating something that is entirely their own, should technology and traditional education be effectively combined. This video illustrated what is possible to be achieved with a sound understanding of programming, and reiterates how big a role it plays in modern society.
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Literacy and Technology Expert Assumes Chair in Education - September 18, 2000

Jo Oberholzer's comment, June 7, 2013 12:17 AM
There is no secret that technology is an important part of society, with technology being responsible for all the progression throughout mankind’s history. Similarly, educational institutions are putting greater emphasis on understanding digital technologies to further develop the community. This article reflects the serious nature of embracing technological advancements, with schools hiring experts of technology over experts of education to ensure the next generation is ready for the future. This highlights how important the technology strand re-introduced into the Australian Curriculum is, and the article also confirms how traditional literacy skills can be improved as part of the technological advancement process. From this information it becomes clear that not only is it important for the students to be immersed with technology, but that teachers must also be better prepared and informed in order to shape future generations.
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How the net is changing language

How the net is changing language | Combining Literacy learning with Technology Education (EDP4130 Curator Project) |
'To Google' has become a universally understood verb and some countries are developing their own internet slang. But is everyone up to speed?
Jo Oberholzer's comment, June 6, 2013 11:17 PM
The immersion of digital technology has directly impacted on traditional language with the introduction of a rich new set of vocabulary, text types and codes. These changes are unavoidable in modern society, and thus it has impacted on the traditional measures of obtaining literacy skills in the regular classroom. But rather than suppressing its flow into everyday life, using these digital literacies and terminology can be utilised to further strengthen a student’s language development through exploring new, relevant text types and literature. Students now have new ways to express their knowledge and understanding and also share their findings with friends, family or broader society. The goal of all teachers should be to prepare students for life beyond school, and with digital literacies forming such a strong core of everyday life, preparing children will involve familiarising them with the many expressions of the technological world.
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Scratch 2.0

Video produced by Paula Aguilera and the Scratch Team at the MIT Media Lab.
Jo Oberholzer's comment, June 6, 2013 11:34 PM
The web tool Scratch represents how the technological age of society is altering the way we think. With the initial introduction of computers and the internet came the ideas of browsing, exploring and playing, however, people can now develop and create their very own dynamic interactive media. This media can then be distributed all over the world allowing some to connect with it and inspiring others to create their very own. The ever evolving digital world has produced a product that can help even children understand the basics behind programming and sharing, ideas that seemed farfetched in recent history. Built on the understanding of numbers and instructions, traditional literacy and numeracy still plays a vital role in developing these digital literacies, and therefore Scratch can be approached as a classroom tool that combines both the knowledge of technology and traditional literacy to create and express.
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12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education

12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education | Combining Literacy learning with Technology Education (EDP4130 Curator Project) |
If you run a classroom, school, district, or country, you need to know how to properly integrate technology in education. This should help.
Jo Oberholzer's comment, June 7, 2013 1:13 AM
The difference between effective technology use and effective technology implementation is quite a lot more substantial than what many people may consider. By simply including technology as a general capability may allow students to better engage in certain learning, but only through making it a standalone priority will the digital literacy skills of students be increased. With digital literacies referring to both utilising and understanding certain technologies, it is imperative that a deeper connection between how to use digital tools and why to use them is established. This article demonstrates the effects of being able to effectively implement technology as a part of everyday education, and how all other skills (including literacy and numeracy) can be amplified as a result of engaging in and understanding relevant technologies.
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Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts

Innovative teacher Vicki Davis leverages wikis, blogs, digital storytelling, podcasts, virtual worlds, and other digital tools to connect students in rural G...
Jo Oberholzer's comment, June 7, 2013 1:25 AM
This video demonstrates the possibilities of increasing student’s traditional literacy skills including reading, comprehension and writing while interacting with a vast array of digital literacies. These digital literacies, including the creation of blogs, wikis and virtual worlds, help students to not only develop their skills in utilising these technologies but also create a more thorough understanding of how they function. The video reiterates that providing flexibility and variety while also encouraging creativity is behind the students’ engagement, resulting in improved results within more traditional learning areas. As part of this learning process students also learn how to collaborate effectively, with the end goal of making students comfortable with just about any technology in mind.
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Love my school library!

Love my school library! | Combining Literacy learning with Technology Education (EDP4130 Curator Project) |
Standards-based projects infuse technology literacy and 21st Century skills into any curriculum
Jo Oberholzer's comment, June 7, 2013 12:40 AM
Demonstrated in this plan is prove that technology skills and literacy skills can coexist if appropriate planning and commitment is assigned towards it. The plan illustrates how to develop an understanding of both areas over a 9 year process, building up this knowledge over time rather than simply touching on certain areas when required. This plan can therefore be used as a direct resource or a mere guide for any teacher who strives towards constructing a balanced, co-dependent relationship between literacy and technology in order to help students flourish in the digital age.
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'Fakebook'! Create a Fake Facebook Profile Wall using this generator

A generator to create a fake Facebook profile for a literary/historical figure or even a concept/theme.

Via Yuly Asencion
Jo Oberholzer's comment, March 10, 2013 5:11 AM
‘Fakebook’ is a digital tool which, as it suggests, very much resemble the social networking website: Facebook. This tool allows users (particularly students) to create a Fakebook profile on a specific historical or fictional figure and demonstrate their understandings of this figure though including biographical information, relationships within his/her context and events they were involved in. The value of this tool applies to both the Technology and Literacy classrooms as students improve their understandings of literacy skills such as creating biographies while also becoming familiar with social networking tools, web design and the presentation of knowledge and data in a unique and visually appealing format. With personal experience in applying this tool to the classroom, I encourage teachers to make use of this valuable learning resource as it is a very engaging and effective method of meeting specific Curriculum standards in areas such as Technology, History and English.