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The Raspberry Pi project website is http://www.raspberrypi.org/

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Looking forward to having a go at some of the projects on here

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Possible new curriculum...

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Itasca Student Success: Every student will have access to technology and the skills necessary to use it and achieve goals

Itasca Student Success: Every student will have access to technology and the skills necessary to use it and achieve goals | EAL in Computer Science | Scoop.it
After the Border to Border Blandin conference last week, I was lucky enough to attend a Student Success Community Conversation in Grand Rapids MN. I was helping with using social media as an added ...

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Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | EAL in Computer Science | Scoop.it

Critical digital literacy is one of the essential required competencies for the 21st century educator. In an era of unprecedented personal publishing, infobesity (information obesity) becomes a real issue. Teachers need to be able to critically  assess and evaluate the materials and knowledge they come across. This could be done through adopting a critical thinking lens to filter things that could otherwise unconsciously affect one's stance and interpretation of  a given meaning.

Juliet Hinrichsen and Antony Coombs from University of Greenwich developed this excellent framework to help you understand the concept of critical digital literacy. This framework is made up of 5 dimensions:


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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 11, 2014 1:20 PM

ALFABETIZACIÓN DIGITAL CRÍTICA aquí encontramos cinco dimensiones...Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers | @scoopit via @knolinfos http://sco.lt/...

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, December 12, 2014 2:10 AM

This topic is crucial for all educators. "Teachers need to be able to critically  assess and evaluate the materials and knowledge they come across." And it doesn't matter where the materials are published. Can't agree more...

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, December 12, 2014 12:14 PM

About five years ago, I worked with a large suburban school on developing awareness and teaching/learning skill sets in the area of critical literacy. The nuances of digital and even print text within structure and conventions suggests meaning that extends far beyond the alphabetic word. This framework would have been a helpful tool to ground discussion and build understanding. 

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Sign Up for ABC of Information Literacy Infographic

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RT @EasyBib: Do your students know the ABCs of Information Literacy? http://t.co/P5bsgunepo #mdeschat #MEMSPAchat #cmsk12chat #k12 http://t…
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Really good support for information literacy

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Study Proves Why We Need Digital Literacy Education | DMLcentral

A few months ago, the Internet buzzed with the results of a study comparing students' note-taking on computers versus note-taking with paper and pen. In the article, authors Pam A. Mueller and Daniel M.

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Digital literacy can support EAL children in understanding 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 8, 2014 10:03 AM

We tend to assume that because our students are comfortable with technology means that they are well-informed and savvy about how to use the technology. Dangerous assumption. If there's something you need them to be able to do with technology, take a few minutes to be sure they know how or they will be lost, you and they will be frustrated, and precious learning time will be lost.

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Dear reader,

Dear reader, | EAL in Computer Science | Scoop.it

The Raspberry Pi project website is http://www.raspberrypi.org/

This is one of my news digests. If you like my editorial choices, there are more to be found by clicking on the "dear reader" link, and on my name above.
Enjoy !


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Dawn Hewitson's insight:

Looking forward to having a go at some of the projects on here

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Ted Browne's curator insight, February 5, 2014 8:58 PM

Possible new curriculum...

Donald Thomas's curator insight, August 30, 2014 8:07 AM

this is 

Wuzea Recherche's comment, March 15, 2015 6:45 AM
Propose de rechercher une ressource en tapant un mot clé dans le champ de recherche. Wuzea : http://www.wuzea.com
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Communicating Your Website Content with Language Support ...

Communicating Your Website Content with Language Support ... | EAL in Computer Science | Scoop.it
Joe Boyd, Programmer at Bayshore Solutions, shares how language support can be key in communicating your website's content to your international audience.
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Think of your classroom as an International audience. You can then use inclusive tools to support learning.

 

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Focus on Teachers: Mark Weese, Authentic Literacy Work in Science

Focus on Teachers: Mark Weese, Authentic Literacy Work in Science | EAL in Computer Science | Scoop.it
Teacher leader Mark Weese successfully teaches literacy standards in his science classes.
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Science and literacy support

 

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Adult Literacy // Gauging Success Rates | Invisible Children Blog

Adult Literacy // Gauging Success Rates | Invisible Children Blog | EAL in Computer Science | Scoop.it
"I am ready to pass the exam I will receive today," Pyerina Okot confidently stated. Her classmates were gathered nearby, pens in hand, anxiously awaiting the papers that their facilitator was preparing to hand out.
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Developing digital literacy in schools

Developing digital literacy in schools | EAL in Computer Science | Scoop.it
The ability to find and make sense of information will only become more important in a world flooded with it. This video looks at the concept of digital lite...
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Hour of Code encourages kids to create, not just use, technology

Hour of Code encourages kids to create, not just use, technology | EAL in Computer Science | Scoop.it
This week kids in more than 150 countries will try their hand at computer programming as part of the Hour of Code initiative, designed to introduce children as young as 4 to the fun of creating technology, not just using it.

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Lewis Walker's curator insight, December 14, 2014 4:08 PM

BFTAA would like to hear about your Hour of Code activity.

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Obama Becomes First President to Write a Computer Program | WIRED

Obama Becomes First President to Write a Computer Program | WIRED | EAL in Computer Science | Scoop.it
Today President Obama became the first president in history to write a computer program.

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Not really EAL but interesting

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Coding for Kindergarteners

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Teaching young children to code is far from a tedious exercise with the thoughtful, age-appropriate use of game-like apps and robotic devices.

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Gaming is a good way of teaching computing to all learners.

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Lewis Walker's curator insight, December 8, 2014 8:21 PM

Talk about early education, this sounds great.

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Reading in the future: interactive fiction and chatbots | cette femme-la.net

Reading in the future: interactive fiction and chatbots | cette femme-la.net | EAL in Computer Science | Scoop.it

I’ve recently been reading the work of interactive fiction writer Emily Short and discovered her story Galatea. I was happy to find that the story was powered by a chatbot engine and I wondered if this was a whole genre within interactive fiction. To my initial surprise, I discovered that there seem to be very few stories that rely on the use of chatbot technology. But once I thought about it, I decided that given the volatility of a lot of chatbot responses, it isn’t surprising that they haven’t been more widely used in interactive storytelling.

 

Before Siri, chatbots weren’t widely known. And Apple don’t call Siri a chatbot, so the term might still be unfamiliar. But Siri does what chatbots do. She understands questions and remarks put to her on a pre-defined range of topics and can respond with appropriate information. When she’s asked something outside what she’s been programmed to know about, she can give an intelligent response though it’s also generally going to be one that doesn’t answer the question.

 

Siri is a tightly controlled chatbot. Apple don’t want her to give unpredictable responses. But there are other chatbots that can speak to a much wider range of subjects. They do this by learning from what people say to them. While this improves their subject knowledge, it can also make them quite random in what they say and how they respond. An example of this type of bot is Cleverbot.

 

While I’ve been in Sydney, I’ve done a lot of work for a company that makes chatbots. And the types I’ve worked on are mostly the tightly controlled ones. It is possible to make these bots have a very large knowledge area but it requires copious amounts of time and effort. And then plenty of ongoing maintenance.

 

The company I’ve been working for has a proprietary platform and I’m not familiar with all the options available for people looking to create their own chatbots. I can understand that the looser types of bots would destroy anything that a creator might be trying to do within an interactive fiction.

 

So I’m unsure what the programming is behind Emily Short’s Galatea. But it’s sophisticated and given that she wrote this interactive fiction back in 2000, I think she was far ahead of her time.

 

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How could this impact on EAL in Schools, Could a chatbot be used as an interactive tool for pupils

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Add Multiple Language Support to Your Unity Projects

After writing a couple of Android applications I thought it would be nice if one could implement support for multiple languages in their Unity projects as easily as in an Android project. I had this idea a few months ago and finally got around to ...
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An example of inclusivity when using Android platforms

 

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Top 10 nations in adult literacy: Japan and Finland lead, U.S. lags ...

Top 10 nations in adult literacy: Japan and Finland lead, U.S. lags ... | EAL in Computer Science | Scoop.it
Never mind STEM skills -- companies and nations need workers who are highly literate in basic skill areas, including literacy, reading components, math, and problem solving.
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Information about world performance

 

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