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You could be a digital native or literate but would you not prefer to be fluent.
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Webmaker Badges Roadmap

Webmaker Badges Roadmap | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it
It’s roadmappin’ time again, folks. I’ve shifted my focus a bit to zero in on making badges a success and that has two pieces:
• Web literacy badges
• The Open Badge Infrastructure and wider badge...
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A conversation with Audrey Watters about Web Literacies.

A conversation with Audrey Watters about Web Literacies. | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it
TL;DR version: Amongst other things, Audrey reckons Mozilla should: show potential Webmakers cool stuff that it’s possible to do with HTML, CSS and (especially) JavaScript; work backwards in ...
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Digital Native vs Digital Citizen? Examining a Dangerous Stereotype

Digital Native vs Digital Citizen? Examining a Dangerous Stereotype | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it
There are a lot of dangerous stereotypes out there. "Asian students are always better at math." "Boys are always better at sports." And perhaps the most dangerous of all: "The current generation are all digital natives."

 

It is easy to see the danger in the first two stereotypes. They tend to influence the way teachers, parents, peers and society in general classify, justify and treat whichever group is represented by the stereotype. I'm not sure enough people give enough thought to the third, equally dangerous, stereotype.

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7 Skills students need for their future

Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard's Change Leadership Group has identified what he calls a "global achievement gap," which is the leap between what even our best schools are teaching, and the must-have skills of the future:

 

* Critical thinking and problem-solving

* Collaboration across networks and leading by influence

* Agility and adaptability

* Initiative and entrepreneurialism

* Effective oral and written communication

* Accessing and analyzing information

* Curiosity and imagination

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Defining 21st-century literacy

Defining 21st-century literacy | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it
A number of weeks ago, my friend Tom Whitby asked me to write an article for SmartBlogs about literacy. Tom Whitby also inspires me. Among his various activities is facilitating an online community of more than 15,000 educators devoted to the topic of personal learning networks. PLNs describe a range of skills and techniques, practiced by many educators, to fashion personal information networks of people and knowledge sources, from which they can learn.
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How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning

How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it
Student achievement was down. Teachers were demoralized. Until a bold strategy -- integrating the arts into curricula -- helped students embrace their learning and retain their knowledge.

 

Arts integration goes beyond including art projects in class; it is a teaching strategy that seamlessly merges arts standards with core curricula to build connections and provide engaging context.

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Developing Future Workskills Through Content Curation

Developing Future Workskills Through Content Curation | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it

The skills a student employs to successfully curate information include curiosity, media literacy, ability to make connections across disciplines, information literacy, the ability to evaluate and understand perspective, synthesize and evaluate information, and a good dose of self-direction.

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Why Web Literacy Should Be Part of Every Education

Why Web Literacy Should Be Part of Every Education | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it
Like reading, writing, and arithmetic, web literacy is both content and activity. You don’t just learn “about” reading: you learn to read. You don’t just learn “about” arithmetic: you learn to count and calculate.
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The 10 Commandments of Social Media

The 10 Commandments of Social Media | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it

This is part of Caitlin's social media manager series, dedicated at ways to help social media managers improve their tactics, tools and best practices to make them more effective.

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Students Urge Teachers to Embrace Digital Tools

Students Urge Teachers to Embrace Digital Tools | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it

Students at an education conference said it was time to tear down the wall between their digital lives outside of school and in school, where much access to technology is restricted. 

 

“When I suggested using Twitter and Facebook in the classroom to one of my teachers, I was told, ‘I don’t want to be replaced by a computer,’”“When I suggested using Twitter and Facebook in the classroom to one of my teachers, I was told, ‘I don’t want to be replaced by a computer,’”

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Middle School Girls Want Access to E-Learning

Middle School Girls Want Access to E-Learning | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it
For years now, advocates of online learning have been pushing virtual education as an answer for students who want a more personalized, self-paced, and technology-based approach to their education.

In other words, as a solution for middle school girls.

That's perhaps the most surprising finding of a new report released today by nonprofit educational research group Project Tomorrow here at ISTE 2012 in San Diego, the 11th such report to be released as part of the yearly Speak Up survey that asks students, parents, teachers, and administrators about their ed-tech habits, aspirations, and attitudes.
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Transliteracy – The Use of Transmedia In the Classroom

Transliteracy – The Use of Transmedia In the Classroom | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it
One of the things I love most about transmedia storytelling is that it benefits so many different industries and verticals. While it started out as an entertainment storytelling strategy, it’s evolved into something that can be used in activism, education and marketing – to name a few. If you’re looking for an intro to transmedia basics this white paper looks at the history and evolution of transmedia while providing a 101 look at how it’s used today.
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5 Rewards of Teaching Young Students to Blog

5 Rewards of Teaching Young Students to Blog | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it

I have been an elementary-school teacher for more than 25 years and I am always on the lookout for meaningful ways to engage and motivate my young students. I started Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog in 2008 with the idea of sharing class activities with parents. Over time, the blog has grown to be the centerpiece of our third-grade classroom. It has become a true global learning community that offers myriad rewards for students, parents and teachers.

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Skills and Metaskills

Skills and Metaskills | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it

"Metaskills are abstract skills which have to do with other skills. For example, an autodidact is a person who has the metaskill of being able to self-teach him or herself new skills without an outside teacher. A teacher is a person who has the metatalent to teach skills to others; here I speak of someone who is a teacher of a wide variety of things, not necessarily a teacher who focuses on one single topic. Teaching one single topic, like calculus, is a skill, but the ability to learn an arbitrary skill and then teach it to others, that is a meta-skill. Generalization is a metaskill where you look at a wide variety of skills and figure out the common underlying patterns. Specialization is one where you can take a skill and focus it more precisely, to get a new skill which is a special case of the broader original skill.


Training a metaskill is the same. Just because a skill is meta, doesn’t make it any different from any other skill. The difference is that we don’t usually consciously train our meta-skills because most people don’t even recognize them as skills. Besides that, training a meta-talent is more difficult than training a skill, because you can’t as easily fall into a pattern of repetition. Whereas you can do basketball training by throwing a basketball through a hoop a whole lot of times, you can’t, for example, teach yourself calculus a whole lot of times. In order to train the meta ability of being an autodidact, you must consciously seek out new things to teach yourself. If mastering chess requires playing ten thousand games, then mastering autodidacticism requires teaching yourself ten thousand different skills."

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Assessing 21st Century Skills

Assessing 21st Century Skills | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it

Recently, one of the teachers who is participating in our district’s 21st Century Learning grant project came to talk with me about assessing 21 century skills – one of the expectations for teachers in this project. Her observation was that students frequently practice the skills when engaged in research or project based learning. The thing she was struggling, with, though, was how to “grade it.”

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Why Digital Writing Matters in Education

Why Digital Writing Matters in Education | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it

Writing teachers like me (and perhaps like you) have been caught in a tight spot for some time now. On the one hand, computing technologies have radically transformed the meaning of "writing." On the other hand, high stakes assessments and their impact on teaching have limited what counts as writing in school.

 

Jeff Grabill (@grabill on Twitter) is a Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing and Chair of the Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures Department at Michigan State University.

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Five technology skills every student should learn

Five technology skills every student should learn | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it

What are the most critical technology skills for students to learn? eSchool News recently asked readers this question, and here's what they had to say...


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Gil's comment, September 5, 2012 8:49 AM
Literacy skills come first! If you can't read and write proficiently, all of the technology in the world isn't going to make things better!
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Digital Literacies and Web Literacies: What's the Difference?

Digital Literacies and Web Literacies: What's the Difference? | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it

Perhaps the biggest consideration when dealing with so-called ‘New’ Literacies is distinguishing them from one another. As I've discussed many times before, without some clear thinking on this issue both theorists and practitioners alike tend to talk past one another using imprecise terminology. What I want to consider in this post is the relationship between Digital literacies and Web literacies. Aren’t they just synonyms?

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Six Big Ideas for Educational Technology Leaders

Six Big Ideas for Educational Technology Leaders | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it

Connected educational technology leaders understand the potential of blended learning and personalized learning to transform teaching and learning for students. But what about professional development?

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Principles of User Interface Design

"To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse." - Paul Rand
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Replacing The Classroom-As-Factory With Collaborative Learning

Replacing The Classroom-As-Factory With Collaborative Learning | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it
Whether you call it collaborative education, distributed learning, or peer-to-peer learning, these emerging forms democratize the factory model. It isn’t so much a move toward the future, as a rediscovery of past methods. The game changing aspect of the new models, then, isn’t the type of education that they champion, but the methods they use to distribute.
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Google launches YouTube curriculum to educate students on digital citizenship

Google launches YouTube curriculum to educate students on digital citizenship | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it
Google has developed an interactive curriculum on YouTube to support teachers in educating students on how to be safe, engaged and confident model netizens.
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Six Lingering Obstacles to Using Technology in Schools

Six Lingering Obstacles to Using Technology in Schools | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it
Behind the challenges listed here is also a pervasive sense that local and organizational constraints are likely the most important factors in any decision to adopt — or not to adopt — a given technology. Even K-12 institutions that are eager to adopt new technologies may be constrained by school policies, the lack of necessary human resources, and the financial wherewithal to realize their ideas. Still others are located within buildings that simply were not designed to provide the radio frequency transparency that wireless technologies require, and thus find themselves shut out of many potential technology options. While acknowledging that local barriers to technology adoptions are many and significant, the advisory board focused its discussions on challenges that are common to the K-12 community as a whole. The highest ranked challenges they identified are listed here, in the order in which the advisory board ranked them.
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An Early Childhood Education on Acceptable Internet Usage

An Early Childhood Education on Acceptable Internet Usage | Digital Literacies | Scoop.it
Face it, parents.As much as you fret over the dangers your children might encounter online, the Internet and social networking sites aren't going away...
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