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The Definition Of Digital Literacy

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Terry Heick writes: "When we think of digital literacy, we usually think of research–finding, evaluating, and properly crediting digital sources. The “research” connotation makes sense, as it is the sheer volume of sources and media forms on the “internet” that stand out.

But we are living in a world where the internet is disappearing, replaced by sheer connectivity. Are you “on the internet” when you tweet? Skim through a social reader like Flipboard? Send a text? Mark up a pdf and sync it with the cloud so you can access it later? Are the cloud and the “internet” the same thing?"

 


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This makes sense! When my daughter searches for prom dresses, she searches on Facebook. Social networking and reputation have become increasingly important in the connected world. There is also evidence of a growing movement in youth social networks that a Google is not necessarily as reliable as their own extended networks.

 

Is this more broadly applicable? Interesting that yesterday I received a survey request from an online travel agent. The questions were more related to reputation and social networks than internet-provided information.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 9, 2014 12:52 PM

Reflecting on the definition is important in our fluid online world. My students are all over the spectrum of being digitally literate!

Mlik Sahib's curator insight, May 13, 2014 10:40 PM

"Cornell University offers a definition that works, but seems a bit limited, and dated as well: “Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet.”

This isn’t wrong so much as it focuses too much on technology and “the internet.” Literacy can’t be about the forms unless we’re talking about form literacy. Digital tools exist for access–finding information. Then finding better information. Socializing thinking. Connecting and contributing to digital communities you care about.

It is also a matter of “literacy” to understand concepts like digital footprints and identity. This reflects the overlap between digital literacy and digital citizenship, much in the same way there is overlap between traditional literacy and citizenship.

To settle on a definition then, here’s one that reflects the depth and breadth of the concept without getting overly wordy or complex:

“Digital literacy is the ability to interpret and design nuanced communication across fluid digital forms.”

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42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects

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42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects by Terry Heick So often, we make learning more complicated than it has to be. Local planning requirements are usually...

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Middle School Maker Journey: First Month's Reflections - Edutopia @kjarrett

Middle School Maker Journey: First Month's Reflections - Edutopia @kjarrett | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
It's been a heady first month in Northfield Community Middle School's Technology, Engineering, and Design program. Kids are raving, parents are beaming, and it was a great start. But . . . what assumptions have we made that were valid? Or not? What's going well? What could be better? What adjustments are we making now that "Design Experience Zero" in Digital Shop has wrapped up, and our gamified learning management system, Black Mesa, is in full swing? Finally, what's ahead for the program longer-term?

Back when our fantastic new learning space was still all gleaming and ready for kids to experience, compliments started rolling in, but I reminded people that creating the space and even building our LMS had been the easy part. The hard part would be (and is!) creating authentic learning experiences that purposefully engage the kids in mindful exploration (the Manifesto, remember?). Our goal: make the kids "life ready" by challenging them to take charge of their own learning -- something that school had never really asked them to do.

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25 iOS Secret Features You Likely Didn’t Know About | Redmond Pie

25 iOS Secret Features You Likely Didn’t Know About | Redmond Pie | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
While it’s true that iOS started out as a relatively basic operating system for the iPhone and iPod touch, the software and its list of features have grown and matured over the years. Nowadays iOS is feature rich, so much so that we’re willing to bet that there are quite a few things hidden within iOS that lots of people don’t know even exist.

With that in mind we set about putting together a list of features and tools within iOS that we didn’t think everyone would know existed. Initially, we kicked the idea off with a handful of items for our list, but eventually it grew into a list of no fewer than 25 tips and features that we hope will surprise at least some of you, ranging from hidden Siri commands to special Emoji.

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An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools - THE CONVERSATION

An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools - THE CONVERSATION | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
There is merit in school students learning coding. We live in a digital world where computer programs underlie everything from business, marketing, aviation, science and medicine, to name several disciplines. During a recent presentation at a radio station, one of our hosts said that IT would have been better background for his career in radio than journalism.

There is also a strong case to be made that Australia’s future prosperity will depend on delivering advanced services and digital technology, and that programming will be essential to this end. Computer programs and software are known to be a strong driver of productivity improvements in many fields.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects - Edutopia ~ by Mariko Nobori

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects - Edutopia ~ by Mariko Nobori | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
We followed a sophomore world studies class through a three-week project called Controlling Factors, created by teaching partners Mary Mobley (English) and Michael Chambers (world history). They designed a project that capitalized on the wild popularity among their students of the best-selling novel The Hunger Games. Built on specific English and world history state standards, the project covered concepts including the pre-World War II global economic crisis, the rise of totalitarianism, and the societal moral dilemmas that world leaders at that time faced, and then had students draw parallels to similar fictional themes in the book.

Here is a breakdown of key steps, with some examples from Mobley and Chambers's project:

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The project based learning approach is another PBL - the same acronym as Problem Based Learning. Are they the same thing? Read Edutopia http://www.edutopia.org/blog/pbl-vs-pbl-vs-xbl-john-larmer for explanation. But the key message here is authenticity, meaning, complexity, learner-centredness, cross-curricular thinking, and collaboration. These are key pedagogies that are relevant to any discipline area. Although this may be focused on History and English, there are lessons to be found within this article that are relevant to any discipline area. It is an excellent informing article for everyone in our group.

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Windows 10 in Raspberry Pi 2, MinnowBoard Max, Arduino and Intel Galileo - REM

Windows 10 in Raspberry Pi 2, MinnowBoard Max, Arduino and Intel Galileo - REM | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
Microsoft has been working hard behind the promotion and the development of the Windows 10. This time the company has ensured that there are no stones left unturned and there has to be a maximum re...

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BBC Bitesize - Home

BBC Bitesize - Home | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
Learning resources for adults, children, parents and teachers: find videos and audio clips by level, subject and topic
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For all curriculum areas. The BBC Bitesize site is aligned with the UK curriculum, but is easily translated to the Australian Curriculum. It has a range of interactives, tests and checks. I would never recommend that you sit your students down in front of a computer and expect it to teach them. You need to consider your pedagogy, where and when these ideas are sound... and how to use them to augment what you do in your classroom. But as a set of resources and ideas to stimulate your creativity they are comprehensive.

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Picture Bundaberg | Bundaberg Regional Libraries

Picture Bundaberg | Bundaberg Regional Libraries | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
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History discipline area - consider your local library, also the national and state library collections. Comparing images across the eras supports great analysis of social, demographic, economic changes. Ask students to embed images in timelines, and add their own images taken on field trips to historic areas... in this case through the main street of Bundaberg. It would be interesting to ask students to create a personalised Google map with comparison images across 100 years of history.

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Paperbark woman: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fashion design

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Searching museums, in this case the Powerhouse Museum can lead to teaching and learning materials collected and curated as online displays for a variety of curriculum purposes. I have scooped three of these ideas as illustration.

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Searching museums, in this case the Powerhouse Museum can lead to teaching and learning materials collected and curated as online displays for a variety of curriculum purposes. I have scooped three of these ideas as illustration.

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Searching museums, in this case the Powerhouse Museum can lead to teaching and learning materials collected and curated as online displays for a variety of curriculum purposes. I have scooped three of these ideas as illustration.
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Textiel arts of Central Asia

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Searching museums, in this case the Powerhouse Museum can lead to teaching and learning materials collected and curated as online displays for a variety of curriculum purposes. I have scooped three of these ideas as illustration.

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Searching museums, in this case the Powerhouse Museum can lead to teaching and learning materials collected and curated as online displays for a variety of curriculum purposes. I have scooped three of these ideas as illustration.
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25 states now require computer science for high school graduation - Education Dive

25 states now require computer science for high school graduation - Education Dive | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it

"As computer science skills like coding become increasingly relevant in the job market, a number of states and districts are making moves to set students up for success. 

 

Today, 25 states require students to take a computer science course in order to graduate from high school — more than double the number with such a requirement in 2013.

 

Additionally, a large number of districts are weaving coding instruction into early learning curriculum, impacting students as young as kindergarten. "


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James Schreier's curator insight, April 28, 2015 8:59 AM

It is fascinating that almost 50 years ago,  many university business school required flowcharting and programming -- then many dropped or changed requirements.  A couple generations missed these skills -- now coming back with a roar!

Dennis Danielson's curator insight, May 6, 2015 7:30 PM

25 and counting....

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Online Resources ~ 3D Printing Librarian

Online Resources ~ 3D Printing Librarian | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it

"These blogs and websites will keep you up to date with 3D printing news and trends.

"These sites include 3D printing guides, instructions, history, and provide further context.

"These sites provide curriculum examples for 3D printing programming and instruction."


Very solid collection of quality resources -JL


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Alfio Gangemi's curator insight, May 27, 2015 12:29 AM

This resource looks very informative and interesting on how 3D printers are made and used. In the future I can see this being helpful in my chosen discipline of Industrial Design and Technology as i feel that as time goes on they will become more readily available and their uses and potential capabilities will expand. 

David Prince's curator insight, May 27, 2015 12:46 AM

After working at the high school for prac 1, I found these machines interesting to say the least. After reading this resource I can relate by seeing them in action as well as having had the opportunity  to design and produce an item from one of these 3d printers. Although the printer I used was more like the generation 1 machine, I know that with continuing technology these 3d printers will improve to levels that we are yet to see in manufacturing. The article also contain valuable information pertaining to many sites giving information on the benefits and uses of these printers.

Brett Coleman's curator insight, May 31, 2015 6:13 AM

This would be great for when students are learning about 3D printing. Also great to see that their are blogs that students could follow about this subject

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A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy

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A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy by TeachThought Staff The modern learner has to sift through a lot of information. That means higher level thinking skills like analysis and evaluation...

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 1, 6:31 PM

The diagram is coherent and appropriate. Complex, also, but then simplifying teaching too much means the diagram becomes trite and possibly misleading.

Good teaching is complex and difficult and we often neglect that to our detriment.

Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, February 3, 9:00 AM

Interesting diagram including many of the complex components for today's teacher. Following this diagram will engage learners.

Joe McDonough's curator insight, February 5, 5:11 PM

I'd like to see "Ethics" listed... maybe on the "Encouraging reflection" vector.

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It’s time to demystify computational thinking

It’s time to demystify computational thinking | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
In the universe of computer science, the definition and application of computational thinking is widely acknowledged as a pathway to problem solving, easily transferable to other academic subjects and even everyday life.
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Coding with Paper: Printable Space Race Game for Students - Fractus Learning

Coding with Paper: Printable Space Race Game for Students - Fractus Learning | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
There are thousands of different ways to introduce programming to your class in fun and interactive ways for the upcoming Hour of Code (December 8-14). While most apps and tutorials do require internet connected computers or mobile devices, it does not mean that schools without this level of technology cannot get involved. In fact, coding with paper can be an even more engaging and meaningful way to introduce students to early programming concepts.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, November 5, 2015 9:34 PM

Coding is a skill of logic, maths and language every bit as much as computers and technology. The low-tech options here suit most schools.

Ajo Monzó's curator insight, November 6, 2015 1:46 AM

Bonissim, sempre és interessant portar al pla físic les idees digitals, les fan més compressibles.

Lee Hall's curator insight, November 6, 2015 2:00 PM

Coding with paper is a wonderful way to introduce coding to students. 

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Five Key Elements of Personalized Learning (EdSurge News)

Five Key Elements of Personalized Learning (EdSurge News) | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
“Personalized learning” is a concept being discussed in many schools today. But what, exactly, does this term mean—and what are the elements that are necessary for this kind of learning environment?

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) defines personalized learni
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As we emerge from the 19th Century into the 21st Century, and realize that year-level progression, and teaching in the classroom aimed at daily whole-group progression through content, we have become aware of the need for personalization. This is not the least important because the characteristics of Generation Z (however they are defined) indicate that they learn best and are responsive when learning is personalized.

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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns ~ Washington Post: by Valerie Strauss

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns ~ Washington Post: by Valerie Strauss | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
Do teachers really know what students go through? To find out, one teacher followed two students for two days and was amazed at what she found. Her report is in following post, which appeared on the blog of Grant Wiggins, the co-author of “Understanding by Design” and the author of “Educative Assessment” and numerous articles on education. A high school teacher for 14 years, he is now the president of Authentic Education, in Hopewell, New Jersey, which provides professional development and other services to schools aimed at improving student learning. You can read more about him and his work at the AE site.

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How relevant is this to our current task of writing a narrative? Put yourself in the shoes of your students, and write their 'story'. What do they do in your classes? How do they think in your classes? How much autonomy and challenge do they have? What options do we have to replace a focus on listening and note-taking?

 

Without writing a narrative that helps us understand every learner's experience, we often become so busy ourselves as teachers that we forget their lived experience in our classrooms

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pdeppisch's comment, May 15, 2015 12:00 PM
The profession of teaching and teachers need to do a lot of soul searching. I have has at least two teachers who had huge, did I say huge negative impact. And yes I have also had teachers who were positive. And one teacher I know went into the profession as we both has that same terrible teacher.
pdeppisch's comment, May 15, 2015 12:22 PM
This should be tweeted every day! :) Thanks for posting this! :)
Luciano Lampi's curator insight, May 16, 2015 8:43 PM

And you, are you shocked?

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Home - Scootle

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Scootle is a one stop site for resources related to the Australian Curriculum. It contains curriculum-linked ideas that include multimedia resources, learning objects, teaching ideas and plans. They are quality assured, so you know you are accessing relevant materials. Details to join Scootle are on the Education Gateway, accessed through Moodle. This is probably one of the most valuable resources you will find and use.

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40+ ideas on using Google Earth and Maps in the classroom « Digital Explorer

40+ ideas on using Google Earth and Maps in the classroom « Digital Explorer | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
Bringing the world to the classroom
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Whilst Google Earth and maps lend themselves to almost any curriculum area, I am going to focus on Maths. I played with Google maps and earth - for this purpose I selected Earth. I posed a problem: people have complained about parking in Bargara at the foreshore. Towards the southern end of the beachfront is an area that can potentially be developed into a car park. There are a number of complications, for instance there have been complaints about too few handicapped parks, no facility for caravans and trailers etc. Google Earth will give you information about the date and time of the image, also takes you back in history. The Bargara shots date back to 2007, and all taken at 10am. You can also augment your search with Google maps and street view. So the task might be to investigate historically the parking situation, and make a case. To make assumptions about the time of the image, and what the differences might be depending on the time of day and time of week. And then to use the measuring tools to measure available areas for development, and propose a new plan to solve the parking problems....

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3D printers in schools

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An excellent place to start a search for curriculum resources is government and education department materials globally. In difficult to find areas, such as design and technologies, this can be a windfall.

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Evolution and revolution: Chinese dress 1700s-1990s

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The Teenage Brain: Scaffolding the Brain for Lifelong Learning

The Teenage Brain: Scaffolding the Brain for Lifelong Learning | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
By Dr. Frances Jensen - As part of our Smart Parents series, Dr. Jensen writes about what the learning science can teach us about the teenage brain.
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I will add insight later. I think this is really important in order to understand how pedagogy supports the learning of adolescents.

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James Smith's curator insight, May 3, 2015 7:23 PM

Great resource to refer back to

Mark Monsen's curator insight, May 6, 2015 11:32 PM

for future reference

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7 Brainy Ways to Boost Knowledge Retention in eLearning

7 Brainy Ways to Boost Knowledge Retention in eLearning | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
As instructional designers, you have to create courses that are easy to remember and difficult to forget. Here's how:

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 25, 2015 8:05 AM

When we think of ways to boost knowledge retention in our learners, what works for students that are online also works for students in face2face classes. This post from SH!FT provides seven ways to help student retain knowledge. The visual above illustrates the concepts. The post provides additional information as well as links to

#1 - When possible, use diagrams. Many people are visual learners. Consider using graphic organizers to provide "holistic views, expressing relationships, and identifying contrasting data."

#2 - Incorporate unique and out-of-the ordinary images. Why? Images stay with us longer, and the more unique, the longer they tend to stay with us.

#3 - Dish out sensory details. The more details that engage the learner the better.

#4 - Use color therapy. Color works on many levels. Color can be used to organize, to grab our attention, and it can impact our mood.

The last 3 suggestions are below...but you will need to click through to the post to learn more about each.

#5 - Exaggerate.

#6 - Small bites, at one's own pace.

#7 - Spaced repetition.