With so much information readily available in a range of multimodal formats, from text to multimedia, apps and social networking, we need to blend technological learning and critical literacy together so that students can critically appraise the information that they are accessing. Teaching digital literacy is something that can be embedded into regular teaching in all subjects at all stages of education. To do that, it needs to be explicitly taught and reinforced by every teacher in every subject in a way that is appropriate for students.
A terrific article that explores why digital literacy skills are so essential. Not just device proficiency! Not just effective search skills! Our students need to think critically about what they view - this requires explicit teaching.
There are now a wide range of apps you can use on your iOS operated devices to help you keep track of how much time you spend on your tasks and activities. Below are some of our favourite apps we recommend for teachers and educators
IOS apps only, but there are some decent Android equivalents. The idea behind Pomodoro, for example, is working in chunks of time. The 'Brain Focus' app on Android, for example, can be used as a timer in a similar way.
Some cognition experts have praised the effects of tech on the brain, lauding its ability to organize our lives and free our minds for deeper thinking. Others fear tech has crippled our attention spans and made us uncreative and impatient when it comes to anything analog.
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