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Innovations in Education - Teachers: Get your Geek On!

Innovations in Education - Teachers: Get your Geek On! | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

"So, while this description of “geek” really tops my list of “tech” skills teachers need– I do offer 5 qualities below that I believe are essential for educators to be successful with technology in their learning environments."

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These are the same skills we should be helping students develop.

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Creating an Environment That Discourages Plagiarism

Creating an Environment That Discourages Plagiarism | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Alice Chen writes: "Why do students plagiarize? Most of the time it's probably due to two reasons: they don't know how to properly cite their sources or they don't know what to write.

In my English Language Arts class, my students are constantly writing. It may be blog posts, essays, or speeches. We don't use services like Turnitin so how do I know that they are truly the authors of the work they call their own?

First, my students start and complete most of their writing in class. When given time to write, there is less inclination to cheat."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Alice gives lots of good advice for teachers here, and takes full advantage of Google tools to assist students in their writing. I'm going to suggest the use of mind maps to get students to brainstorm about their writing. I've watched too many students open a Google Doc, Google their topic in another window, and toggle back and forth between skimming a source and writing. It's the easiest way to plagiarize, intentionally or not.


Creating a mind map, sharing their Google doc with their teacher, and getting feedback from other students are all ways to interrupt the "Google, copy and paste" system that runs rampant through research projects I've seen.

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Elizabeth E Charles's curator insight, Today, 6:17 AM

Alice gives lots of good advice for teachers here, and takes full advantage of Google tools to assist students in their writing. I'm going to suggest the use of mind maps to get students to brainstorm about their writing. I've watched too many students open a Google Doc, Google their topic in another window, and toggle back and forth between skimming a source and writing. It's the easiest way to plagiarize, intentionally or not.

 

Creating a mind map, sharing their Google doc with their teacher, and getting feedback from other students are all ways to interrupt the "Google, copy and paste" system that runs rampant through research projects I've seen.

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A reminder that your Instagram photos aren’t really yours: Someone else can sell them for $90,000

A reminder that your Instagram photos aren’t really yours: Someone else can sell them for $90,000 | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Jessica Contrera writes: "

The Internet is the place where nothing goes to die.

Those embarrassing photos of your high school dance you marked “private” on Facebook? The drunk Instagram posts? The NSFW snapchats? If you use social media, you’ve probably heard a warning akin to “don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your employer (or future employer) to see.”

We agree, and are adding this caveat: Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want hanging in an art gallery."

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A great discussion starter for middle and high school students.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, May 27, 10:03 PM

Great lesson in Copyright, Creative Commons, & Digital Literacy

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Slide Design for Students

The Do’s and Don’ts of Slide Design for Students | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Lisa Johnson writes: "I have spent most of educational technology career supporting secondary students. Projects and Presentations are always a plenty… but what I noticed is typically students have great presentations and poor content or great content and poor presentations."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Download Lisa's free PDF and share with students. I always show them the first PowerPoint I made--zooming transitions, different fonts on every slide. It helps them to see we all need to work on our design skills, and I'm still working hard!

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The Global Search for Education: Digital Literacy Tips & Tricks

The Global Search for Education: Digital Literacy Tips & Tricks | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

In C. M. Rubin's interview, Howard Rheingold states: "When I decided to write a book about the essential literacies necessary today—with the aim of using the book as a text for a Stanford course—I decided that the essential literacies are attention, crap detection, participation, collaboration, and network awareness."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

This would be a great article for students to tackle, then choose topics to research. I think it's essential that my middle school students understand who is behind what they read online, and that most of the sites they use are there not to help them share selfies, but to make money.


I harp on the attention issue, because that's my internet Achille's heel. I read this article, got distracted by an email, clicked another link, looked for C.M. Rubin's Twitter name, which meant I stopped to read new tweets...I tell the students I live as an example of what not to do when trying to work online!

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Ra's curator insight, May 20, 12:38 AM

Great list of what schools do need to be educating students in. A more mindful and kinder approach to online living than constant selfies. 

Leboldus Library's curator insight, May 20, 11:08 AM

Based on Rheingold's criteria for digital literacy, I would suggest that Canada is also on the "brink of disaster."  These are crucial skills that we ignore at our peril. #rcsdils #saskedchat

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Wonder: A Search Engine Fueled by Research Experts

Wonder: A Search Engine Fueled by Research Experts | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Kelly Walsh writes: "Wonder is a very different type of search engine. Instead of computer generated feedback, a real human being who is an expert researcher will find the best sources for you, and send them to you within an hour! You can spend less time reviewing the overwhelming number of responses that today’s search engines typically produce, and more time focused on your research."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I just sent my first search request to test Wonder for my 8th graders. They are forming research questions and are a bit shaky on the process (and yes, we'll be doing more modeling on this next year!) I love the examples cited, as the librarians have clearly defined why they chose certain sources. Take a look and see what you think. My initial response is that students should be using their own critical thinking skills, but I'm hopeful that seeing the results, and reading through the process may help them develop better search strategies.

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The story behind Jar’Edo Wens, the longest-running hoax in Wikipedia history

The story behind Jar’Edo Wens, the longest-running hoax in Wikipedia history | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
Wikipedia editors are finding more hoaxes on the site every month. How many are there, really? No one actually knows.
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What a great article to share with students about Wikipedia. Lots of fascinating insight into how Wikipedia works, and why you need to think critically about your sources.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, April 22, 10:01 PM

Cool! Great convo starter w/ older kiddos!

Kathy Moser's curator insight, April 23, 9:49 AM

Interesting article on how the editors cannot keep up with the mistakes and hoaxes.

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The Intersection of Digital and Media Literacy | MediaSmarts

The Intersection of Digital and Media Literacy | MediaSmarts | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
In this section we outline how skills and competencies for digital literacy and media literacy intersect and provide us with essential skills for playing, learning and working as citizens of the digital world.
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An article well worth your time, but the graph alone would be great to share with teachers!

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Alice in WonderTech: The 9 C's of Digital Literacy

Alice in WonderTech: The 9 C's of Digital Literacy | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Alice Chen writes: "We all know that our digital natives are very at ease with technology. In fact, they’re in love with technology, but does that automatically make them digital proficient?

When I originally pondered this question, I began to realize that the 5 C's often discussed in education today - communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and citizenship - needed to be expanded to include these other areas as well: curation, copyright, character and connectedness."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

This would be a great visual tool to share with teachers. I love the idea of adding curation, as I feel it's one of the best skills we can share with students. (And not just on Scoop.it!) 

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Susan Xerri's curator insight, March 18, 4:28 AM

An article that connects our digital native Gen C students to the curriculum via language that they understand...curation, copyright, character and connectedness...

TWCLibrary's curator insight, March 18, 6:11 PM
Very useful infographic and article on incorporating digital literacy in teaching and learning
DrAlfonso Orozco C.'s curator insight, March 19, 1:33 PM

Go Alice Go!!!.

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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."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

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 Reilley 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 Reilley 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."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

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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6 of 10 Millennials Have 'Low' Technology Skills

6 of 10 Millennials Have 'Low' Technology Skills | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Dian Shaffhause writes: "American millennials may be the first generation that grew up with computers and Internet access, but all that time spent glued to a small screen hasn't translated to technology competence, according to a research project that analyzed data from an assessment of adult competencies that tests cognitive and workplace skills."

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This statistic floored me: "91 percent of millennials consider a lack of computer skills irrelevant to their job prospects..." How are we sending students off to college, let alone into the workforce, with such a lack of understanding of the world? 

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Pamela Huff's curator insight, June 18, 4:30 PM

So nice to see that I'm not the only one who's noticed this change, and that we have the data to prove it. How we change this is the Big Question of the day.

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9 Tools for Making Infographics in the Classroom

9 Tools for Making Infographics in the Classroom | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

From Global Digital Citizen: "Creating great infographics need not be a chore, no matter if you’re a teacher or a student. Taking information and presenting it in an artful and visually appealing way has never been easier, thanks to Web 2.0 tools.

Before you dive in, here are some quick tips:

  1. Collect your data. If you have been collecting data, compile it all in a spreadsheet.
  2. Decide the best way to present your data (flyer-style, bar charts, line charts, Venn diagrams, histogram, scatter plot charts, flow charts, timelines, etc.).
  3. Design a rough sketch so you don’t end up flying blind.
  4. Pick your app and get to work!"
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Share with teachers to give a quick overview of the many tools out there to create infographics. Our students have been using Piktochart a lot this year, but it's always good to have a few options available.

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Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Terry Heick writes: "The good news is, many of the elements of a progressive learning environment—e.g., digital literacy, connectivism, and play—conveniently, and not coincidentally, work together. And better yet, collectively they can reduce the burden on those managing the learning because they place the learner at the center."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I'd add to the definition of digital literacy--we don't just need to teach about the consumption, comprehension and curation of digital media but creation, too. How to remix, cite sources, etc. is a big part of being digitally literate.

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Kids Put in Danger by Parents' Online Oversharing

Kids Put in Danger by Parents' Online Oversharing | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Marshall Honoroff writes: "Compromising children's safety online doesn't take a hacker -- just a savvy individual and some information that parents already provide."

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Share this article along with I Know Where Your Cat Lives to show students how information they share online can reach people they never expected to see it!

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Common Sense Education Launches Free Gaming Platform to Teach Digital Citizenship

Common Sense Education Launches Free Gaming Platform to Teach Digital Citizenship | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
Based on lessons from Common Sense Education's K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, Digital Compass addresses cyberbullying, privacy and security, creative credit and copyright, information literacy, Internet safety, digital footprint...
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I had students look at this today. Universal agreement that the choice of characters was too childish, but the situations posed were realistic.
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20 Things Educators Need To Know About Digital Literacy Skills

20 Things Educators Need To Know About Digital Literacy Skills | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Saga Briggs writes: "Teaching digital literacy is about more than just integrating technology into lesson plans; it’s about using technology to understand and enhance modern communication, to locate oneself in digital space, to manage knowledge and experience in the Age of Information.

Digital literacy isn’t about knowing computers inside and out; it’s about using technology to change the way you think. If critical thinking skills haven’t yet become a part of your students’ digital citizenship, it’s time to rethink your teaching strategy."

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Some great points to share with teachers. This article hits all the 4Cs of the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner. 

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8 Tools that Make Citations a Breeze | Edudemic

8 Tools that Make Citations a Breeze | Edudemic | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
The Internet offers an abundance of online citation tools, from the extremely easy to use, to ones that require more research on the part of the user.
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Just before spring break, I worked with 7th grade history teachers and students on a Renaissance research project. I was so disappointed at some of the papers I saw. I'll be spending a lot more time working with students on citations and plagiarism.
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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."
 

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

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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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 16, 12:09 PM

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 Reilley 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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