Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice
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Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice
An exploration of the connections between research, learning theory, practice and the various constructs of literacy.
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10 Effective Ways To Make You A Faster Learner

10 Effective Ways To Make You A Faster Learner | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
If you want to start learning faster, you need a new approach. The following 10 tips may change the way you learn for the better.

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The Truth About Snapchat: A Digital Literacy Lesson for Us All

The Truth About Snapchat: A Digital Literacy Lesson for Us All | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

"The idea of Snapchat is simple, delightfully so. Take an image or a video, send it to a friend or paramour. Ten seconds after the receiver opens the file, it self-destructs, and the sender can rest assured that no trace of the message remains. Signed, sealed, delivered, deleted.

But that’s not quite true. In December, Buzzfeed reported on a security loophole in the app, which allows one to permanently save a Snapchat file without notifying the sender. The expectation of privacy and impermanence that makes the app irresistible to young users is thus deeply flawed. And yet it remains wildly popular..."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 23, 2013 8:41 PM

The app Snapchat provides a great way to launch a discussion about digital literacy. The app states that your image will disappear but the reality is somewhat different. This post provides great background material and raises questions that apply to many apps and other tools online.

For example, how many of us read the fine print to determine what an app is recording? How many read the Privacy Policy and/or the FAQ? Our learners often believe "if it is online it must be true" and the advertising for Snapchat does not mention this issue.

As our learners look towards the future are they truly aware that an image from 3 years ago may make a critical difference in their lives?
This post notes that "The best way to get young users thinking about the risks of sharing sensitive information online...is through horror stories." Do you agree with that? I would suggest that we need to make sure our learners are digitally literate, that they understand the long term impacts? Perhaps the bigger question is do we provide information to our learners to make them "Internet aware"? If we are do not address these concepts with them who will?

flea palmer's curator insight, September 25, 2013 9:09 AM

You think it's gone forever ...but not necessarily!

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What Learners Think about Agency

What Learners Think about Agency | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Final post in Collaborative Blog Series on Learner Agency. The Institute for Personalized Learning asked kids what agency means to them.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, December 1, 2015 3:07 PM

The Institute for Personalized Learning asked some middle and high school students from their member districts to reflect on what learner agency means to them and to answer a few questions on the topic. 


This brings our collaborative series on learner agency to a close. As we stated in the first blog post, Learner Agency: The Missing Link, “Learner agency often gets missed in conversations on transforming the educational system.” It is clear from the responses that kids have a sense of ‘agency’ when they feel in control of things that happen around them. They want to feel like they can influence events, especially how and what they learn.