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Teaching Critical Thinking (with Dog Food)

Teaching Critical Thinking (with Dog Food) | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

"Editor's note: Internationally recognized coding expert James Bach dropped out of school at age 16. A few years later, he was one of the youngest hires at Apple Computer."

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Getting kids in middle school to ask questions can be so hard.  Using the "Huh?""Really?" "So?" process to keep the questions flowing might help.  

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Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy

Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
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

How a Raccoon Became an Aardvark | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

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."

Mary Clark's insight:

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

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

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

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Curation as Digital Literacy Practice

Curation as Digital Literacy Practice | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Ibrar Bhatt writes: "Digital curation therefore is not just about finding relevant material, although that is a significant part of it, but is also about creating a specific and unique experience by utilising the resulting materials which then become contextualised within a new space. A curator, therefore, whether she is a journalist-by-proxy such as Popova or a student completing an assignment in a classroom, not only collects and interprets, but also creates a new experience with it. In this respect, curation is a process of problem solvingre-assembling,re-creating, and stewardship of other people’s writing." 

Mary Clark's insight:

So much to digest here! This article is definitely worth reading, and then re-reading, for a new insight into curation.

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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's curator insight, July 25, 3:40 AM

was not aware that curation.... definition was born in 1990

lynnegibb's curator insight, July 25, 7:53 PM

This gave me plenty of food for thought and some new insights into the art of and purposes of curation

N Kaspar's curator insight, July 26, 10:39 AM

This would create an interesting twist or option to the practice of assigning an essay as completion of a unit or topic of study.

 

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Reading Writing Responding: What's So Digital About Literacy Anyway?

Reading Writing Responding: What's So Digital About Literacy Anyway? | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Aaron Davis writes: "In a post titled, 'The Importance of Modeling Positive Use of Social Media', +Chris Wejr suggested that schools need to do more to both model the appropriate use of social media, as well as promote more positive stories. This got me thinking about some of the other things that we may do personally online , but not necessarily model all the time in school. One such practise is that of reading and responding online. So often students are told to use tracks and be active readers, to write regular journal reflections, but this usually starts and stops at the physical book. When are students getting the same opportunity to read and respond online?"

Mary Clark's insight:

Lots of great stuff in here to ponder.  The blog post itself is a great answer to how reading digital content is a different skill than reading print--do you wander off to the embedded links as you're reading? Do you read the entire post, then go back and visit the links? I find myself down a rabbit hole too often, clicking links, reading, clicking more links.  That works fine for me, but would that work for a student trying to gather information for a research project? Online reading definitely feels more scattered to me, as I am easily distracted. Does that matter to students researching? Do we need to highlight the differences for them? I think at least making students aware by modeling online reading would be helpful, as they can reflect on how they  interact with print and digital information.

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10 Proactive Steps for Schools to Limit Student Issues With Social Media

10 Proactive Steps for Schools to Limit Student Issues With Social Media | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Kelly Walsh writes: " Combining what I learned with suggestions from the great staff at Kinry Road Elementary School, and my own personal perspective as a parent, I developed this list of approaches to help parents and educators limit incidents and issues by tackling the problem head on."

Mary Clark's insight:

Hmm.  Some good points here, but that graphic? I'd rather start with the positives!  I do like the idea of a peer mediation program, which would work with our PALS program. 

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Why Curation Matters

Why Curation Matters | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Steven W. Anderson writes: "I spend a great deal of time looking up stuff. Whether that stuff is blog posts to get a pulse on what is happening in the edusphere or researching new tools to share with teachers, I come across a wide variety of resources that I need to save, catalog and be able to come back to later. Curation is a large part of my day. 

But what is curation? Why is it important and how can you do it easily?"

Mary Clark's insight:

I use Diigo for personal use, but I love Scoop.it when I'm sharing resources with others. While I can tag and organize in both Diigo and Scoop.it, I love the look of Scoop.it! 

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How To Get People To Care: Anatomy Of A Trending Hashtag

How To Get People To Care: Anatomy Of A Trending Hashtag | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
Angry Kid-Lit Readers Demonstrate Why Hashtag Activism Isn't Always Useless. Here's What You Can Learn About Sharing Your Message.
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A good summary of how to have an impact on social media.  I will be sharing this with students next year!

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Lesson Plan Booster: The 'Facebook Score'

Lesson Plan Booster: The 'Facebook Score' | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
Will employers use this social-media rating as part of the hiring process? Students consider issues of privacy as well as implications for online behavior.
Mary Clark's insight:

This article is from 2012, but the lesson would be a great introduction to a digital citizenship discussion. 

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Teens and Libraries in Today’s Digital World

Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet Project, discussed the project’s research about younger Americans and how libraries fit into their lives. He discussed seven key insights from the research about the special world of teens and young adults, and how they differ from older Americans.
Mary Clark's insight:

Some intriguing facts about teens and library use.  I'll stick with the optimistic predictions! 

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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Happy Birthday YouTube! Tips and Tricks For Doing More With Our Favorite Video Service

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Happy Birthday YouTube! Tips and Tricks For Doing More With Our Favorite Video Service | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Steven W. Anderson writes: "Many districts are realizing the potential that YouTube learning can have in the classroom. There are lots of great videos and channels out there on 1000's of topics. I have put together a list of some of my favorite tools to use with YouTube. Some are for the creation end, while some are for the consumption end. Overall they hopefully will give you a good start on getting more out of your favorite video service."

Mary Clark's insight:

Great tools from @web20classroom! I just used Tubechop to share something with a teacher, and it saved me so much time!  This would be great to make those less than 10 second clips you can share to introduce a class.


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Jackie Lerch's curator insight, April 29, 6:57 PM

Kind of like Edview

 

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Screen Sharing in a Google Hangout on Air Video Conference

Screen Sharing in a Google Hangout on Air Video Conference | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Alice Keeler writes: "Screen sharing is one reason I really like Google Hangouts on Air. A Google Hangout (GHO) is a video conferencing tool with some neat ways to integrate Google products and other add on's."  

Mary Clark's insight:

I wish I'd read this before we did our Google Hangout on Air with Kevin Honeycutt.  There are several great tips in here that I didn't know, and it would have made the Hangout a little cleaner visually. Alice Keeler does a great job outlining all the features of a GHO, so we are ready for our next one!

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Mary Clark's curator insight, April 22, 1:06 PM

I wish I'd read this before we did our Google Hangout on Air with Kevin Honeycutt.  There are several great tips in here that I didn't know, and it would have made the Hangout a little cleaner visually. Alice Keeler does a great job outlining all the features of a GHO, so we are ready for our next one!

gwynethjones's curator insight, April 28, 3:10 PM

ooh handy!

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Validating Data in Google Forms

Validating Data in Google Forms | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Alice writes: "I love using Google Forms in my classroom to collect student work, and I know many others do as well. However, did you know that you could validate the data that you collect?"

Mary Clark's insight:

This would be great if you wanted students to write Twitter book reviews.  Set the character count to 140, then add to your library's Twitter feed!

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Sample Student's curator insight, March 27, 5:40 PM

Sometimes Twitter is problematic for schools. But we can create our own Twitter-ish thread by using Google Forms... need to investigate further.. be back soon!

gwynethjones's curator insight, March 29, 9:57 AM

Validating Data in Google Forms + Twitter Book Reviews = WIN!

Søren Bech's curator insight, April 4, 5:23 AM

Validering af data fra Googleforms - fint

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Media Literacy Project | Access. Analyze. Create.

Media Literacy Project | Access. Analyze. Create. | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

"Media Literacy Project is a nationally recognized leader in media literacy resources and education. Since our inception, Media Literacy Project has delivered dynamic multimedia presentations at conferences, workshops, and classrooms across the country. Our media literacy curricula and action guides are used in countless schools and communities and our training programs have inspired thousands of people to think critically and take action."

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Some great resources here.

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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...

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

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What Is The Ideal Length Of A Tweet (And Other Communications?)

What Is The Ideal Length Of A Tweet (And Other Communications?) | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

There are so many ways that teachers are using social media –  both in the classroom and for their own professional development. From Instagram and Facebook in the classroom to Twitter lists and hashtags for their PLN, there are so many social networks and so much content to choose from when you’re looking.

Mary Clark's insight:

So now we know!

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Ann Ewel's curator insight, July 27, 12:16 AM

Good things to remember and to share about engaging in social media. 

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The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher

The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

“Being a proper digitally competent teacher is not as simple as picking up an iPhone and tweeting. You need to be a good digital citizen, understand privacy, and more.”


Via Cindy Rudy, Jenny Smith, Jim Lerman
Mary Clark's insight:

This will be good to share at the beginning of the year. I think it will reassure some teachers, and light a fire under others:)

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gwynethjones's curator insight, June 15, 11:55 AM

Like my friend Mary Clark said (She's a great follow!)  This is a really great graphic to share with teachers at the start of school! 


I'm also gonna share this on my New Teacher Survival Guide wikipage!

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Developing Digital Literacy Through Content Curation

Developing Digital Literacy Through Content Curation | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
With the vast amount of content that is shared on the Internet, content curation is becoming an essential digital literacy skill for teachers and students.
Mary Clark's insight:

Good article to share with teachers new to content curation, as it gives a good summary of several curation tools.

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Ann Ewel's curator insight, July 27, 12:18 AM

As Mary said this is a great list for teachers new to content curation.  Very helpful. 

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Social Media Literacy: The Five Key Concepts

Social Media Literacy: The Five Key Concepts | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Stacey Goodman writes: " Online digital technology has empowered users in ways that were unimaginable twenty years ago. Social media sites have given us the ability to reach a global audience, and have increased the average user's means to persuade and influence. We are no longer just consumers of media, but content creators and distributors, as well as editors, opinion makers, and journalists."

Mary Clark's insight:

Very thoughtful review of the responsibilities we have as both consumers and creators of digital content. 

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How Do We Teach Digital Literacy to Digital Natives?

How Do We Teach Digital Literacy to Digital Natives? | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

C.J. Kettler writes: "Is it possible for our students to be both digital natives and digitally unaware? Young people today are instant messengers, gamers, photo sharers and supreme multitaskers. But while they use the technology tools available to them 24/7, they are struggling to sort fact from fiction, think critically, decipher cultural inferences, detect commercial intent and analyze social implications."

Mary Clark's insight:

Using social media to follow news stories is a great way to help students (and adults) develop critical thinking and digital literacy skills.  Our recent wildfires served as a great example.  Twitter gave us some timely information, but I also read a lot of misinformation and spam.  Teaching digital literacy and using examples that interest students isn't that hard!

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The Definition Of Digital Literacy

The Definition Of Digital Literacy | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

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?"


Mary Clark's insight:

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

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Mlik Sahib's curator insight, May 13, 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.”

Sample Student's curator insight, May 15, 6:47 PM

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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What’s In a Name? Learning from the Titles of Library of Congress Primary Sources

What’s In a Name? Learning from the Titles of Library of Congress Primary Sources | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Cheryl Lederle writes: "If a picture is worth a thousand words, the title is worth… well, you get it. The simple, yet deliberate, task of learning from the title of a primary source can provide ongoing practice of literary skills. Students learning new material may require support, including guiding questions, to help with vocabulary or syntax to gain information from captions within and across disciplines." 

Mary Clark's insight:

I plan to use this not only to have students analyze captions, but challenge them to create captions for images in their presentations. How many alternate captions can they create that might change the viewer's perception of the image?  Another great post from Teaching with the LOC!

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Jen Carey writes: "The problem students face in the new world is no longer access to information, but rather how to deal with the glut of content that confronts them when they google a research topic. If we want them to effectively navigate online material (as 21st century learners), then research now needs to include not only “traditional” methods and materials, but digital ones as well. We need to ensure that they know how to evaluate a website, a blog post, a tweet, a Facebook entry."

Mary Clark's insight:

Thoughtful summary of the issues we need to deal with every day to ensure students learn to think critically about resources.  I don't think we can ever say anyone is digitally literate, as the digital landscape changes almost daily!

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#Bashtag (Or Why We Need to Teach Social Media Literacy)

#Bashtag (Or Why We Need to Teach Social Media Literacy) | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

 "The key point that I want them all to grasp--one that Sesame Place and the NYPD failed to--is that no one can control the narrative on social media.  Whether we like it or not (and I'm guessing Sesame Place doesn't) social media is somewhat like the Wild West right now. So let's teach our students how to use it responsibly, or at least, make them aware of how even adults are still learning the social media ropes!"

Mary Clark's insight:

I've been ruminating about social media for a while, and these two events seemed to clarify things for me.

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Whether it's bikes or bytes, teens are teens

Whether it's bikes or bytes, teens are teens | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

danah boyd writes: "If you're like most middle-class parents, you've probably gotten annoyed with your daughter for constantly checking her Instagram feed or with your son for his two-thumbed texting at the dinner table. But before you rage against technology and start unfavorably comparing your children's lives to your less-wired childhood, ask yourself this: Do you let your 10-year-old roam the neighborhood on her bicycle as long as she's back by dinner? Are you comfortable, for hours at a time, not knowing your teenager's exact whereabouts?"

Mary Clark's insight:

Having been that child who could leave the house on a Saturday morning, with the only requirement being "Be home before dark," this article reminded me that a lot of my growing up had to do with getting into situations I had to deal with myself, without parental help.  Do we now equate parental love with over-protection? Is letting your child have free rein to explore online any different that a 12 year old me wandering around the extremely seedy Times Square of the late 1970s? A short opinion piece that really gave me lots to ponder.

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51 Interesting Ways to use QR Codes to Support Learning

"Hopefully this Interesting Ways resource for QR (Quick Response) Codes will spark some ways you can use them to support learning. As with all the resources please share with your colleagues and consider adding your own ideas to continue to develop them"

Mary Clark's insight:

Some useful tips from Down Under! 

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gwynethjones's curator insight, March 29, 10:10 AM

Woot! LOVE Me some QR Codes!

Sue Osborne's curator insight, April 1, 7:21 PM

Hoping to use some of these in the library.