A picture is worth a thousand words – based on this, infographics would carry hundreds of thousands of words, yet if you let a reader choose between a full-length 1000-word article and an infographic that needs a few scroll-downs, they’d probably prefer absorbing information straight from the infographic.
What’s not to like? Colored charts and illustrations deliver connections better than tables and figures and as users spend time looking back and forth the full infographic, they stay on the site longer. Plus, readers who like what they see are more likely to share visual guides more than articles.
Since 2011, School Library Journal has been choosing its “Top 10 Apps” of the year. Anyone who has ever tried to create a “Best of” list knows what an impossible task it is. But, on the road, speaking to groups about the ...
Definitions and difficulties “Digital literacy defines those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society.” (JISC / Beetham 2010) “I am digitally fluent when I confidently, critically, skilfully ...
CL: Interesting analogy to the 'teach them to fish and they eat forever' philosophy. We need to just keep developing our skills beyond our current position.
Mural.ly is a new tool (still in beta, launched last week) that is a cross between Prezi and mind maps. It’s easy to use and share what you create (perfect for most students, teachers, and parents) but the real beauty of mural.ly is in its lack of structure.
I like the theories visible in one place. Explains a lot in the comparison. "Of the published research and science, three of the more popular theories in the last fifty years are behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism. The infographic (below) reviews the pros and cons of each approach while making a case for connectivism as a response to the age of the internet and information."
CL: Wow, the rapid changes in technology have left some floundering and now on 'catch-up' - there needs to be changes in the way we teach the literacies required in the current information environment.
'Getting kids to really focus on what exactly they are searching for, and then be able to further distill idea into a few key specific search terms is a skill that we must teach students, and we have to do it over and over again. We never question the vital importance of teaching literacy, but we have to be mindful that there are many kinds of “literacies”. An ever more important one that ALL teachers need to be aware of is digital literacy.'
Similarly, having access to these resources everywhere, through implementations like online teacher content spaces and wireless internet connections, would be beneficial. An answer to developing rich online content will ...
CL: Again the concept of integrating the technology into the learning and realising it will be value-added for the addition.
Great post by Martha House on the role of school libraries as professional developers. Ideas are based on a workshop presented by Kristin Fontichiaro, one of the co-editors of the new book 'Growing School' with Debbie Abilock, and Violet H. Harada. Looks like a must read - http://www.abc-clio.com/product.aspx?isbn=9781610690416
CL: I agree - working with teachers can be very like working with students - not always easy - but worth the effort for greatest effect!