This is a research briefing on the topic of Digital Literacies, written by Dr. Julia Gillen and Prof. David Barton, from Lancaster University. It is part of the work of the UK's Technology-Enhanced Learning Research Programme (http://www.tel.ac.uk).
"This morning via Twitter Kevin Honeycutt shared a video excerpt from his soon to be published eBook. The excerpt is titled Digital Literacy and Employment....A must watch for anyone learning with young people. To view the video click on the graphic and wait for it to load- I watched it on my iPhone."
"...a panel of digital humanists said that weaving digital humanities research into undergraduate education could help boost information literacy among college students."
"For all their familiarity with Google and other modern discovery tools, research has shown that most members of the “born digital” generation do not know how those tools work. An anthropological study of students at several Illinois colleges revealed that students -- even smart, successful ones -- were largely ignorant of the underlying logic of the digital tools they relied on for research."
"CyberWise is dedicated to improving the digital literacy of educators and parents. Launched just this past summer, our online learning site is already brimming with free, user-friendly videos, guides, research and news about digital media and learning. A badge reward system would transform these resources into a professional development program that, upon completion, yields a valid record of accomplishment."
"We hope that the Learning Library will provide young people and educators alike a chance to share and remix media materials of their culture in order to learn what they need to do to become full participants in the contemporary media landscape."
Have you heard about the octopus who lives in a tree? In 2005, researchers at the University of Connecticut asked a group of seventh graders to read a website full of information about the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus, or Octopus paxarbolis.
Josie Fraser writes about recent UK computer science initiatives, at one point saying "It's dismaying then, to see in a week where we are seeing a huge move forward in the promotion of technology and a fresh look at how ICT as a subject area is designed and implemented in schools, to see digital literacy being used as an interchangeable term for computer science skills."
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