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Building Technology Fluency: Preparing Students to be Digital Learners

Building Technology Fluency: Preparing Students to be Digital Learners | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
On a given day, how much time do your students spend working on their fluency? At the elementary level, hours are devoted to reading and speaking fluency. In middle and high school, students read alo
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"Not only can a truly fluent student speak, listen, write and comprehend, but he or she can also make inferences and construct new meaning."  This also defines what I hope we're doing with Common Core, and in my experience, it's an enormous shift in students' expectations.  Making them do the thinking can be frustrating after years of memorization and regurgitation.

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App Makers Reach Out to the Teenager on Mobile

App Makers Reach Out to the Teenager on Mobile | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
One app’s effort to understand its teenage audience illuminates the habits of a generation that is constantly connected and often anxious.
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Some interesting insights from the teens interviewed in the article. I'm not sure that teens today are more "sensitve to the needs of others," but I would say they are acutely sensitive about being judged on their own posts on social media.


I looked at the Wishbone app, and found most of the comments were positive. (Of course, I always wonder with any new app how much of the content comes from actual users and how much is posted by busy interns!) Wishbone does give a certain distance from judgement--the user is asking a question, and not really putting her own opinion, appearance, likes, etc., on display. As Dougherty states, it's about "your tastes, not your identity."


This article would be great for a high school discussion on social media!

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Six easy ways to tell if that viral story is a hoax

Six easy ways to tell if that viral story is a hoax | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Pete Brown writes: "But news in the digital age spreads faster than ever, and so do lies and hoaxes. Just like retractions and corrections in newspapers, online rebuttals often make rather less of a splash than the original misinformation. As I have argued elsewhere, digital verification skills are essential for today’s journalists, and academic institutions are starting to provide the necessary training.

But ordinary people are also starting to take a more sophisticated approach to the content they view online. It’s no longer enough to read the news – now, we want to understand the processes behind it. Fortunately, there are a few relatively effective verification techniques, which do not require specialist knowledge or costly software.


Image via www.urbanlegends.about.com

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Just in time for my website evaluation/critical thinking presentation! These ideas are great to demonstrate with students. Let them use the tools and analyze different content.

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ToSA Mark Van Over's curator insight, October 7, 2015 6:42 PM

A very important skill for students and adults. It's all about digital literacy!

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The science of ‘The Martian’: 5 TED-Ed Lessons to help you understand the film

The science of ‘The Martian’: 5 TED-Ed Lessons to help you understand the film | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

"The Martian stars Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut — and Mars as the red planet of doom. Can our hero survive life on Mars? Can NASA find a way to bring him home? To help you better understand the film — and the scifi novel that came first — we’ve picked 5 TED-Ed Lessons that explore some key Martian life skills."

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I know a lot of my students went to see the movie this weekend. We just got back, and I thought the movie was great! It will be fun to share these videos during the week with classes.

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Digital Citizenship - 6th grade presentation

Digital Citizenship - 6th grade presentation | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

I updated my digital citizenship presentation, based on Craig Badura's digital citizenship kit found here. I used this last year, and found that the students could recall the images and what they represented four or five months later. I am trying to use more images and less text (and less me talking!) in all of my presentations.

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Feel free to use or share. Please give Mr. Badura credit for the original idea.

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The Covert World of Wikipedia Editing

The Covert World of Wikipedia Editing | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Joe Pinsker, quoting James Heilman,  writes: "Many people do not consider other people to be intelligent enough to use Wikipedia with a grain of salt, yet they consider themselves to be intelligent enough to use Wikipedia properly,” Heilman observes. To rely on Wikipedia without any skepticism is to act as though every editor is as relentless, principled, and stubborn as he is.

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This is a great article for discussion among high school students. PR firms that hire editors to ensure a more favorable Wikipedia article? It shouldn't be shocking these days, but far too many people (not just students) use Wikipedia as their only source of information. I love the example of an Oxford University Press book that evidently contained content cribbed from the Wikipedia article! My 7th graders copying directly from the Wiki page -- complete with the numerical footnotes -- now have textbook writing as a career option. 

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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, 2015 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!"
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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."

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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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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, 2015 10:01 PM

Cool! Great convo starter w/ older kiddos!

Kathy Moser's curator insight, April 23, 2015 9:49 AM

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

Michael Upshall's curator insight, August 31, 2015 11:48 AM

Remarkable article, revealing a hoax article that remained uncorrected in Wikipedia for eight years.

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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."

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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, 2015 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, 2015 6:11 PM
Very useful infographic and article on incorporating digital literacy in teaching and learning
DrAlfonso Orozco C.'s curator insight, March 19, 2015 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."

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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, 2015 7:27 PM

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

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Markers of Quality: The Role of Librarians in Everyday Life Information Literacy

Markers of Quality: The Role of Librarians in Everyday Life Information Literacy | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Leslie Stebbins writes: "This all started when my teenage son reported that Adam Sandler has Ebola. He saw it trending on Facebook. I sighed inwardly and asked if he had looked at the source of the information. Being the son of a librarian he quickly said: “Yes! CNN.COM.”

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Lots of great things here to share (and links to explore.) I will be using Stebbins' descriptions of many Google searches as "clever marketing drivel masquerading as information." I can't wait to read her book during winter break!


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Resources: Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Resources: Plagiarism and Academic Integrity | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Trip Gabriel writes: "Professors used to deal with plagiarism by admonishing students to give credit to others and to follow the style guide for citations, and pretty much left it at that.

But [recent] cases…suggest that many students simply do not grasp that using words they did not write is a serious misdeed."

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There are lots of great resources here for discussions about plagiarism. We'll be adding an academic integrity statement to all of our research papers this year. 

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The Pause Before the Post: Protecting Yourself Online | Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

The Pause Before the Post: Protecting Yourself Online | Amy Poehler's Smart Girls | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it
It's about living mindfully on social media because—let's be real—the internet can be the best. It's this amazing thing that connects us all to one other...
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Great article to share with students and parents.
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Payday for Ice Bucket Challenge’s Mocked Slacktivists

Payday for Ice Bucket Challenge’s Mocked Slacktivists | Digital Literacy in the Library | Scoop.it

Nick Kristof writes: "So think of armchair activism as a gateway drug. It exposes people to causes and sometimes gets them hooked. And while it doesn’t always solve problems, it tends to build awareness of crises — a necessary but not sufficient step to getting them resolved."

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It's good to see something positive came out of what I honestly thought was a bit of self-promotion from people who shared this on social media. Pair it with this article and this one to show students how the term slacktivism developed. What a great topic for a debate!

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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, August 1, 2015 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, 2015 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."

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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."

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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, 2015 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, 2015 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

Ludmila Ponkratova's curator insight, November 2, 2015 1:58 PM

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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."
 

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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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