Kevin McLaughlin writes a great post sharing: What is Digital Literacy
Futurelab, an organisation ‘committed to developing creative and innovative approaches to education, teaching and learning’, gives the following definition in its publication Digital Literacy across the curriculum:
To be digitally literate is to have access to a broad range of practices and cultural resources that you are able to apply to digital tools. It is the ability to make and share meaning in different modes and formats; to create, collaborate and communicate effectively and to understand how and when digital technologies can best be used to support these processes.
Rethinking the approach to learning with an iPad was one of the key points that arose from our recent iPad study tour in Queensland. Many of the schools talked about the development of 'Learning Workflows' where work is created in one app, then built on in another App and so on. Using the iPad where many Apps are generally single function, requires a different approach to create useful learning outcomes that moves the integration of the iPad in learning from the Subsitution model to the Redefinition model.
A very useful explanation with some practical examples of how to achieve a learning workflow in your classroom can be found in this article.
Ultimate iPad Stylus Guide for ArtistsTouch Reviews (blog)The New iPad more than any other tablet is not only a consumption device but also a creation device and that's certainly the case when it comes to art.
Elsewhere, tech integration made the headlines quite a bit last week -- including a story about the importance of tech learning, a teacher's look at using online discussions, and a list of recent education buzzwords. Here are some of the stories that jumped to the top of the education conversation.
The integration of Google Docs on the iPad is less than perfect. There are some things that work really well, some things that work sometimes, and some things that don't work at all. Here's a quick summary:
Last week, on the day before Thanksgiving vacation, several of my fifth-graders voluntarily stayed after school with me to work on a project for which they would receive no grade: producing calendars based on poems and illustrations they had...
So much care, time, and effort have been put into the detailed reviews included in AppStar Picks. This timesaving resource combines the favorite apps of six different review sites for a best-of-the-best app browsing experience.
Via Nathalie van Ee
"Attendance, Part 3 One of the best things a student has ever said about my iPad during class was: “Let the iPad choose. It's the fair way.” With the Attendance app http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/attendance/id301753475?mt=8 you can take, record, report and track attendance. You can communicate with an entire class or any students that were missing with the tap of a finger. You can document behaviours or record any notes on a particular student at a particular time. And you can do it all in one place. But there is still more functionality in the attendance app, and it's my favorite part. "