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The 4 Things Modern Students Must Understand

The 4 Things Modern Students Must Understand | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
In the video below, he talks about four things that modern students of the digital age need to learn in order to be contributing members of a global society.
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These are things we do in the library, every day! 

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Study: Large online literacy achievement gap exists

Study: Large online literacy achievement gap exists | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Today’s students may be skilled at texting and social media, but many are unable to perform online research and distinguish accurate information on the web, according to a new study."
 

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Wait, the results are "surprising, considering that the students are, after all, digital natives." ?? When are we going to retire this cliche? Being able to evaluate multiple sources of information or to research beyond Google are not innate skills. We fail students EVERY TIME we call them digital natives. It's lazy, and it annoys me. They also live surrounded by print, but we don't call them reading natives.


OK, climbing off the soapbox, because at the very end of this article, school librarians are mentioned as being potential leaders in instruction. At least we agree on something! This is what most of my colleagues and I do every day in the library. Digital literacy education should be embedded in every lesson we teach, as part of the critical thinking skills we know students need. 

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What Your Online Comments Say About You

What Your Online Comments Say About You | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Anna Blow writes: "

When we comment on news stories, most of us hope to say something about the topic at hand — even (or maybe especially) if it’s that the author got it all wrong. But what do the comments we leave say about us — about our beliefs, our biases and how we act when the ordinary rules don’t apply? And how do our comments affect the beliefs of others?

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This quote, referring to a study on comments a PSA about vaccines, made me gasp: "...many readers, especially those who are less Internet-savvy, assume commenters “know something about the subject, because otherwise they wouldn’t be commenting on it.” The mere act of commenting, then, can confer an unearned aura of credibility." 


Another great opinion piece from The New York Times that would work well in middle or high school digital/media literacy discussions. 

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This quote, referring to a study on comments a PSA about vaccines, made me gasp: "...many readers, especially those who are less Internet-savvy, assume commenters “know something about the subject, because otherwise they wouldn’t be commenting on it.” The mere act of commenting, then, can confer an unearned aura of credibility." 


Another great opinion piece from The New York Times that would work well in middle or high school digital/media literacy discussions. 

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Off with her crown? Selfie backlash at Miss Universe Pageant

Off with her crown? Selfie backlash at Miss Universe Pageant | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
Explosive confrontations are nothing new for Israel and Lebanon, but the latest spat between the longtime foes is perhaps the first to have been caused by an alleged photo-bomb.
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Mary Clark's curator insight, January 19, 4:52 PM

This would be a good opportunity to have students read and compare articles about this incident from international news sites. It's also a great digital citizenship discussion opener. Should you check with people before you post their photos online? Would your selfies cause drama? 

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I Know Where Your Cat Lives

I Know Where Your Cat Lives | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
What a great example of the importance of privacy settings! Although your students might see nothing wrong with this, what they think they're sharing with friends on social media can easily be found by others. Most of my students would ask why not get as many views for your photos as you can? I imagine adults would see this differently.

This would be a good discussion starter. Be prepared for your computers to be taken over, though, as students immediately head there to look for their cats....
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Here's a great conversation starter from the website:  "The images are less likely to explain where all the cats in the world exist than they are to describe how many photos of cats have been uploaded from each of these places. So the maps are perhaps a better representation of globalism, access to smart phones, and relaxed consideration for individual privacy." (Emphasis added.) 


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High schoolers wise up about social media when applying for colleges

High schoolers wise up about social media when applying for colleges | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

"Colleges are increasingly considering social media posts in the application process, and students are getting smarter about it."


Photo via JEShoots/Pixabay

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Students have been savvy enough to create fake Facebook profiles for years. What I'd love to see is students developing an honest online presence that highlights their passions. If they're creating, they should be sharing their work on YouTube, Deviant Art, Tumblr, etc. Encourage students to curate their interests, too. I have students who have Polyvore or Pinterest collections of fashion. Another decided to start 2015 by using Vingle to create a collection of book reviews for every book he reads. When or if colleges look a prospective student up online, they should get an understanding of that student's interests, not a slick marketing campaign.  

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@HistoryInPics, or Does Copyright Count?

@HistoryInPics, or Does Copyright Count? | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
Meet Xavier Di Petta and Kyle Cameron, ages 17 and 19, whose ability to build a massive audience from nothing may be unparalleled in media today.
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I'm sure if I share this with my students, their response will be, "Then why should we bother searching for images that are free to use or share? We're not even going to be making money on our projects!" Interesting point, and one that would make a great research or debate topic. 

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GwynethJones's curator insight, November 30, 2014 9:59 AM

Great convo starter!

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Today's Teens Can Be Adept Multitaskers, Study Suggests

Today's Teens Can Be Adept Multitaskers, Study Suggests | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
Some kids do just fine juggling multiple forms of media throughout the day, research shows
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I'm a big media multi-tasker, so I'm pleased to see it's not that detrimental to my work!

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9 ways to use Hyperlapse for your school's videos

9 ways to use Hyperlapse for your school's videos | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Cassie Dull writes: "See how to use Hyperlapse for school videos to create engaging content for social media."

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I just started using Hyperlapse last week, mostly showing students coming and going in the library. I am going to use some of Cassie's suggestions!


Update: Since I gave up my iPhone to join the rest of the family with Samsung devices, I've been using the TimeMovie Android app. I did make some great videos to showcase how much the library is used! 

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GwynethJones's curator insight, October 5, 2014 11:10 AM

Sweet! Thanks, Mary!

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10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom | Edudemic

10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom | Edudemic | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Katie Lepi writes: "Instagram is a hugely popular social network for photo sharing. Though the use of social media in the classroom may have skyrocketed, Twitter and Facebook definitely reign supreme as the key social media tools for schools and teachers. Somehow, despite the widespread popularity of Instagram, few teachers are employing it in the classroom."  

Mary Clark's insight:

Katie's list would be very helpful for teachers just starting to dip their toes into social media. I love the idea of using photos for writing prompts! I haven't used my library Instagram account often enough--I'd love to ask students to share photos of creative reading spots, or photos that could be alternative covers for their favorite books.  Another idea for the to do list!

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Kim Borghouts's curator insight, September 28, 2014 6:17 PM

A nice ice breaker.

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What We're Missing with Digital Footprint

What We're Missing with Digital Footprint | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

John Spencer writes: "I've noticed a trend toward educating students on the notion of a permanent digital footprint. Often, this leads to a conversation about personal branding. Do this and don't do that. Craft this image to make yourself look great for an employer. Don't get caught saying or doing anything dumb at sixteen."

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 This is an interesting take on how we teach about digital footprints or tattoos. John Spencer wonders if we're encouraging students to be less than authentic online by focusing on the impact of their digital teen life on their future education or employment prospects.


I usually couch my digital tattoo talks with comments about how glad I am that camera phones weren't around when I was a teen, but John's article will make me shift my emphasis a bit away from the fear, and more toward  the questions John poses.

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Are We All Narcissists? Viral Social Media Campaigns

Are We All Narcissists? Viral Social Media Campaigns | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
Following the pattern here would make an intriguing assignment for secondary students. Campaign goes viral, campaign gets criticized, campaign gets forgotten or breaks down horribly? Are those always the steps? I know we saw it with Kony 2012 and Invisible Children. I doubt we'll see that kind of public flame-out from the good people at the ALS Association, but it's certainly worth studying viral campaigns.

Is this slacktivism at its best, and does it matter, since money is allegedly being ...
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I'm going to spend more time focusing on social media with students this year. This is a great example that they can all relate to! Digger deeper with critical thinking is key.

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Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy

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With all the "sky is falling" cries about American students reading less, I often wonder why we don't track how much reading and writing students do daily on social media. Bring social media into your lessons is crucial to helping students develop critical thinking about the media many of them consume and create in large amounts every day.

In this article from Edudemic, Dave Guymon suggests that pairing visual or non-linguistic ideas with text-based ones can help students recall or interpret...
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I've started using Vingle to do more reflection on topics that interest me. Here are my comments on Dave Guymon's article on visual literacy.

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How a Raccoon Became an Aardvark

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Eric Randal posted: "Wikipedia is an experiment in crowdsourcing as much human knowledge as possible, and the logical outcome of that process is that the wisdom of the crowd often rules—as insensible as the crowd can be."

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Great article to share with students when teaching about credible sources.

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Ann Ewel's curator insight, July 27, 2014 12:20 AM

Great article to share about credible information and why we all need to be alert and careful. 

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Social Media at School: Teaching Safety on the Virtual Playground

Social Media at School: Teaching Safety on the Virtual Playground | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Mary Beth Hertz writes: "Responsible digital citizens emerge from schools where students are taught about the rules, risks, and trust involved in the safe, respectful use of social media."

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This is a great article to share with administrators who are still leery about the use of social media in the classroom!

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Melissa Summerford's curator insight, February 18, 7:27 PM

This is something a lot of grown ups need to learn, not just students!

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The Epidemic of Facelessness

The Epidemic of Facelessness | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Stephen Marche, in this opinion piece about abuse on social media, writes: "The challenge of our moment is that the face has been at the root of justice and ethics for 2,000 years. The right to face an accuser is one of the very first principles of the law, described in the “confrontation clause” of the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution, but reaching back through English common law to ancient Rome. In Roman courts no man could be sentenced to death without first seeing his accuser." 

Mary Clark's insight:

An excellent article to share with high school students. Maybe the obsession with selfies has more to do with some atavistic need to see each other on social media, to compensate for the anonymity of much of what we do or say online. Well worth reading, and re-reading.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, February 16, 11:55 AM
An excellent article to share with high school students. Maybe the obsession with selfies has more to do with some atavistic need to see each other on social media, to compensate for the anonymity of much of what we do or say online. Well worth reading, and re-reading.
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What if all the male political leaders had been removed from the Paris march?

What if all the male political leaders had been removed from the Paris march? | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
A satirical Web site's response to an ultra-Orthodox newspaper.
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I have an article saved in which an ultra-conservative Jewish paper (I believe in New York) edited Hilary Clinton out of a photo. This is a great article for media literacy discussions.

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Best ads of 2014 are strong storytellers

Best ads of 2014 are strong storytellers | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
The best ads of 2014 share one common trait: they all tell stories -- beautifully. Sometimes they grab you from the get-go, and never let go. Sometimes the stories are visual -- or audio -- picnics.
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I am going to work these commercials into a lesson when we discuss book trailers, or, well, anything! Telling stories is such  critical skill, and telling them with powerful visuals is a skill we need to help students develop.  I'd also like to explore how these commercials influence behavior, and get students to question how much influence commercials have on them.

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14 of the Best Media Literacy Resources for 2014 | Edudemic

14 of the Best Media Literacy Resources for 2014 | Edudemic | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

"The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that children spend an average of seven hours a day consuming various types of media. This data illustrates that society’s voracious appetite for media makes media literacy more important than ever.

How can you teach your students to interact responsibly with the media? The following resources can help you plan thought-provoking lessons on the subject."

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It's well worth spending some time exploring these resources collected by Edudemic. I found several things I'll be incorporating in lessons for next year.

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How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic | Edudemic

How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic | Edudemic | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Ann Elliott writes: "Conveying information in a striking, concise way has never been more important, and infographics are the perfect pedagogical tool with which to do so. Below, you’ll find my experience with designing an infographic-friendly classroom research project, explained in a step-by-step process you can implement in your own classroom."

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After making several suggestions to a teacher yesterday who wanted to assign a "more interesting" book project, I found Ann Elliott's article timely and useful.  Our students love viewing infographics, but need instruction on creating them, on design basics, etc.  Ann's article will be very helpful to a teacher who wants to jump into infographics, but is learning along with her students.

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Links to Photos Said to Be Stolen From Snapchat Users Flood Message Boards

Links to Photos Said to Be Stolen From Snapchat Users Flood Message Boards | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
Just weeks after a celebrity hacking scandal, members of an anonymous online message board claimed to have accessed hundreds of thousands of photographs of noncelebrities.
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I love the last quote, in which the creator of an app that allows you to save Snapchats to your phone says, "...your average Snapchat user isn't very tech savvy."  Another teachable moment to add to my long list of examples for digital literacy. Even just reading about the mystery of Snapsaved is a lesson!

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How to Write Better Headlines [Infographic]

How to Write Better Headlines [Infographic] | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Here are some tips for writing more compelling headlines...

The infographic by Neil Patel from Quick Sprout will give you a simple formula for enticing headlines. Though there's no one-size-fits-all headline trope that guarantees a crazy influx of traffic, the tactics below should help you tweak your headlines to get your posts the attention they deserve.


Via Lauren Moss, Kim Borghouts
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There are some great tips here. Our 7th grades write newspaper front pages for an historical fiction project, and last year we talked about good headlines and captions. I'll share this with them this year. 

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Kamian's curator insight, October 1, 2014 12:31 PM

(ENG) Excelente infografía con Tips para redactar titulares efectivos.

GwynethJones's curator insight, October 5, 2014 11:49 AM

Writing kicky headlines are the THING!

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A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons | Edudemic

A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons | Edudemic | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Katie Lepi writes: " The Creative Commons licenses allow any internet user to easily understand how they can (and can not) share what they find on the web. The licenses are visual, and if you aren’t sure of what you see on the work you’d like to use, you can refer back to the CC website to see. The handy infographic below gives a pretty thorough overview of the licenses and what they mean. Whether you have a personal blog, a class blog, or your students want to use a photo they’ve found in a presentation, this guide will be super handy!"

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I love this infographic from Foter! My next presentation to 8th grade students is on Creative Commons, so this information is timely. I think the infographic will make a longer lasting impression than anything I tell them.

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NFL protests include flyover, model with black eye along with #GoodellMustGo

NFL protests include flyover, model with black eye along with #GoodellMustGo | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Cindy Boren writes: "It isn’t clear exactly where NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is, but, if he’d chosen to attend at game Sunday at MetLife Stadium, he’d have seen a plane fly over  the place, trailing a banner calling for him to go in a larger #GoodellMustGo protest over the weekend."

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Another example of using social media to pressure public figures for action.  This would certainly generate discussion among students.--football AND make-up!

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Web Trolls Winning as Incivility Increases

Web Trolls Winning as Incivility Increases | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
Emotionally abusive comments are becoming more common online, and the consequences could include scaring away from the web those subject to attacks.
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This article would be great for a discussion about online.rights and responsibilities. Just because you can comment on everything online, should you? Can students come up with a civility code that they think we should adhere to online (or anywhere)? 


Lots to think about here.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, August 16, 2014 10:50 AM

A current exploration of hating online and negative trolling 

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Staying Organized Using Google Apps for Education in the Classroom

Staying Organized Using Google Apps for Education in the Classroom | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
(Scroll to the bottom to skip to the video) I was recently asked (twice in the same week) to share how I organize student work shared with me via Google Apps for Education. At nErDcamp Northern New...

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I think we should establish a consistent policy for this at school!

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