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What skills, attitudes and behaviours do we now need to be literate?
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Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits

Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it
More than eight in ten Americans ages 16-29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library. Many say they are reading more in the era of digital content, especially on their mobile phones and on computers.
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Kathy Schrock: 6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills -- THE Journal

Kathy Schrock: 6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills -- THE Journal | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it
A higher-order thinker is a critical thinker. What are the attributes of a critical thinker? In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder describe a well-cultivated critical thinker as someone who:
raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively; comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing their assumptions, implications and practical consequences as need be; andcommunicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, May 25, 11:06 AM

I like the breakdown presented in this article as well as the emphasis on using apps as critical thinking tools, not just creation tools.

Lauren Nazzaro's curator insight, May 29, 9:15 AM

Great, specific, assessment driven examples.

cherimacleod's curator insight, May 31, 1:05 AM

Kathy Schrock knows thinking and technology ....right on, as always!

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The New Literacies of Online Research and Comprehension: Rethinking the Reading Achievement Gap - Leu - 2014 - Reading Research Quarterly - Wiley Online Library

The New Literacies of Online Research and Comprehension: Rethinking the Reading Achievement Gap - Leu - 2014 - Reading Research Quarterly - Wiley Online Library | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it
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What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship

What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it
Teach your students about the "9 Key Ps" of digital citizenship as you help them acquire both proactive and experiential knowledge of the online world.
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Howard Rheingold’s World of Infotention

Howard Rheingold’s World of Infotention | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it
If we're going to help our students develop the focus they need to think deeply about things -- to acquire Howard Rheingold's "Infotention" -- then I think most schools will need some ground rules, made in collaboration with students after lots of conversations around these important topics.

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Linda Weeks's curator insight, May 1, 2:49 AM

Thoights of teacher

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Why can’t we read anymore? — Medium

Why can’t we read anymore? — Medium | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it
Or, Can books save us from what digital does to our brains?
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ReadPlus

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..a wonderful resource from Australia

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BBC - BBC Internet Blog: Digital Overload and the Curation Crossroads

BBC - BBC Internet Blog: Digital Overload and the Curation Crossroads | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it

Do you participate online and do you see yourself as a curator?


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Katie Muirhead's curator insight, August 19, 2014 12:07 PM

Though curation is not necessarily synonymous with infotention, the skill to be able to filter through the barrage of online information is obviously a great starting point and will allow for the practice of infotention. With our attention constantly trying to be captured from varying sources, the ability to compartmentalise information is one step closer toward minfulness, and therefore an interesting article to read.

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Ten Mindful Ways to Use Social Media | Tricycle

Ten Mindful Ways to Use Social Media | Tricycle | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it

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nikollcarr's curator insight, December 21, 2014 11:37 AM

A GREAT article on mindfulness on the internet! It contains ten very insightful tips on how to be mindful while using social media in particular. The author of the article writes exclusively on mindfulness and meditation, so has an experienced voice on the subject. 

Linda Weeks's curator insight, May 1, 8:45 AM

Mindfulness

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Tech Rav: Research Skills in a Digital Age

Tech Rav: Research Skills in a Digital Age | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it
Another newer research skill that is essential today is how to Google effectively. Our students think they know how to use Google but in reality, often don't. Yes, they can put in some search terms and maybe even look past the ...

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Linda Weeks's curator insight, May 1, 8:24 AM

Comments on research tools

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Paperless Productivity With Evernote & Pocket

Paperless Productivity With Evernote & Pocket | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it
Evernote provides many different tools to capture and save web content.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, February 8, 2:58 PM

Yes, I Scoop more than a few tips from Evernote -- because Evernote is a great infotention-tool, a smart, personalized, short-to-long-term memory augmenter. And because they are smart enough to show people how to use Evernote to streamline their finding, filtering, storing, and retrieving key bits from the info-flow.

Crystal Renfro's curator insight, February 9, 10:27 AM

I liked this workflow using Pocket and Evernote.  Nice thing about Pocket is that it is both iPhone, iPad, Android and web browser compatible.

Linda Weeks's curator insight, May 1, 8:20 AM

Research tool

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Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum – Know your web – Good to Know – Google

Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum – Know your web – Good to Know – Google | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it

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Susan Waterworth's curator insight, November 7, 2013 2:47 AM
Digital Literacy Curriculum w/lessons.
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Watch Infotention Part One: Dashboards, Radars, Filters | HowardRheingold Episodes | Learning Videos | Blip

Mindful infotention is part attentional discipline and part technical skill. This video introduces the mental and technical aspects of information dashboards, radars, and filters. Subsequent installments will provide step-by-step instructions.

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Survey Examines Students' Web Research Skills

Survey Examines Students' Web Research Skills | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it
A new study shows that librarians have little confidence in student skill level when it comes to both properly paraphrasing and identifying credible Web sources in research when compared to students’ evaluations of themselves.

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Don Dea's curator insight, February 16, 12:33 AM

“Google has become this somewhat pervasive entity in our lives. It's a verb; it's most people's gateway to the Internet; it's extraordinary how much we rely on it to find information. I don't think there will ever be a day where students don't use Google in some capacity for their research, even at the academic level,” - See more at: http://www.educationworld.com/a_news/survey-examines-students-web-research-skills-1500233723#sthash.pyT00Y5H.dpuf

Linda Weeks's curator insight, May 1, 2:56 AM

“Project Information Literacy reported a few years ago that 90% of students use Google in course-related contexts. The reality is that this is a tool they are going to use, and given their comfort level with using it, teachers and librarians should find ways to demonstrate how it can be tailored to improve the search results (e.g., using Boolean operators, the advanced search, or Google Scholar). Of course, it is imperative for students to learn other critical research skills, but we should ensure that they know how to best use the tool we know that they rely on.” 

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I Dare You To Watch This Entire Video - YouTube

"Can you make it through the whole thing?"


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Katie Muirhead's curator insight, August 19, 2014 12:20 PM

I admit, I couldn't make it. Probably the best example of how our attentions bounces around!

David Stewart's curator insight, November 5, 2014 11:56 AM

OK it's not impossible but there is some wisdom there. On the upside, for some reason the YouTube player speaks french

Linda Weeks's curator insight, May 1, 8:52 AM

Challenging

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What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains [Epipheo.TV]

Most of us are on the Internet on a daily basis and whether we like it or not, the Internet is affecting us. It changes how we think, how we work, and it eve...

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Alex Nana-Sinkam's curator insight, February 16, 2014 3:05 PM

I liked this source because it gives an interesting visual to what many attempt to explain via words. Understanding a concept via a different medium can have a pretty different affect on our comprehension--and this video is a good example of that. Beware, watch only if you're prepared to change your mindfulness habits when it comes to web use.

Katie Muirhead's curator insight, August 20, 2014 1:40 AM

This short video has a very similar style of 'fast content' to my intended Prezi, and I think it tackles all the relevant information.  I think it is an interesting reflection that a video seems to be able to more clearly explain the topic of online distraction and infotention using the same techniques of rapid 'streams of thought' that it is describing. Very, very helpful!

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Infotention and digital citizenship — @joycevalenza ...

Infotention and digital citizenship — @joycevalenza ... | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it
Flickr 6875893248 Infotention and digital citizenship. "Weapons Of Mass Distraction" birgerking http://www.wylio.com/credits/flickr/6875893248 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/. Confessions: I used to be smarter.

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Linda Weeks's curator insight, May 1, 8:36 AM

Focus in the age of distraction - a challenge

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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it
Many educators are explicitly teaching such skills as how to evaluate a website's credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines.

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Why Teachers Worry About Students’ Online Research Skills

Why Teachers Worry About Students’ Online Research Skills | Literacy in a digital world | Scoop.it
Survey shows teachers are concerned about students’ ability to find credible information online.

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