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20 Things Educators Need To Know About Digital Literacy Skills | InformED

20 Things Educators Need To Know About Digital Literacy Skills | InformED | Digital Literacy (UW Stout E-Learning) | Scoop.it

Widely understood to be essential to success in the workplace and modern life, digital literacy is beginning to emerge as a necessary component of curricula across the globe.

 

As current undergraduates have never known a life without the internet, it’s only natural that universities should nurture their familiarity with technology, encouraging its use in teaching and learning. Instructors should also be prepared to offer guidance on what students aren’t as familiar with–turning their technical skills into skills for lifelong learning and employability.

 

But where does one begin? Teaching digital literacy is about more than just integrating technology into lesson plans; it’s about using technology to understand and enhance modern communication, to locate oneself in digital space, to manage knowledge and experience in the Age of Information.

 

These are vague descriptions, as are most of the descriptions you’ll find of digital literacy in blog posts and journal articles online. What teachers need, more than a fancy synopsis of how digital publication affects the meaning of a text, is a practical and applicable guide to helping students think productively about the digital world.

 

Below are the top do’s and don’ts we’ve come across–in research and in our own experience–when it comes to making students digitally literate.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Great quick read.  Lots of little quick jabs - if one doesn't hit ya or make you think, keep moving, the next one might.  I particularly liked the "blog without blogging' comment.  Well written, worth a read!

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Digital D...

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Digital Differentiation on 21st Century Literacy and Learning curated by Les Howard (Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Digital Differentiation | @scoopit via @LynnetteVanDyke
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6 Days and 78 Resources for Digital Literacy Internet Safety

6 Days and 78 Resources for Digital Literacy Internet Safety | Digital Literacy (UW Stout E-Learning) | Scoop.it

"Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship are important topics ... it is so integral to what our kids do while they are at school.  Whether or not you have a 1:1 program, these are topics that shouldn’t be overlooked!  Don’t assume that because your students are fairly savvy when it comes to learning technology, that they will automatically pick up on digital literacy...it is essential that parents learn about digital literacy so that they can echo and enforce good technology use at home"


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Looks better for K - 8 teachers than high school (myself).  I do like the week plan of 5 days of focus on digital literacy!

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, September 20, 2013 2:21 PM

Motherloade of information. sometimes sites like these also serve us well as sub plans too.

Kat Zimmermann's curator insight, July 23, 2014 10:20 AM

This is an entire lesson plan for a school community that has BYOD.  It would be useful (and slightly overwhelming) for educators and parents to look through to have a better grasp on how to support their students.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, October 25, 2014 10:46 AM

This is an excellent collection of resources, split into age groups and a suggested order of activities. It is an American site, but I like how they have picked up on the cybersmart resource put out by the Australian Government. I would add another one to the list: the resources made by CommonSense Media. These are great too, and Prendiville's digital citizenship unit is based on them. 

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20 ways of thinking about digital literacy in higher education

20 ways of thinking about digital literacy in higher education | Digital Literacy (UW Stout E-Learning) | Scoop.it
From understanding what digital literacy is, to developing skills and establishing ethical principles for students, our live chat panel share ideas and resources for universities

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I found this to be a lot of bark with no bite.  But that's may be because I'm already sold on the need for digital literacy in education, and am much more interested in reading about specific content, frameworks, curriculum, etc. 

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Patricia Daniels's curator insight, July 1, 2013 9:18 AM

Although this article relates to higher education, being aware of what digital literacies are; what level of digital literacies you and your students have and how to improve them, is also relevant to the ELT context. Be careful when introducing new technologies. Don't cognitively challange your language students to the extent that the technology is hindering their language learning. If you're convinced that a particular tool is going to add value to their learning, then perhaps first design a lesson or two around it to ensure that you and your students are comfortable with it. This can prevent unneccessary frustration and anxiety.

Ms. Corri's curator insight, July 4, 2013 2:53 PM

Since this is becoming very important to what we do with the Common Core, this seems a good read.

Richard Evans's curator insight, July 6, 2013 4:46 PM

Changing literacies for a digital future. 

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No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can’t Wait

Digital literacy is about more than just adding technology into the teaching we already do. The following common teaching practices that we have seen in classrooms as researchers and as parents of school-age children do not help develop digital literacy and may even kill students’ motivation to develop their savvy use of technology and the Internet. We must stop these practices. Immediately.


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John Rudkin's comment, September 3, 2013 12:07 PM
Every year, as the group who leave, leave badly equipped, they have been let down.
Melissa Marshall's comment, September 3, 2013 7:47 PM
yikes, a scary thought. I'm finding that it is partnership with parents that is making the most difference in our school community re: DL education.
John Williams's comment, September 4, 2013 3:57 PM
Bonnie I agree parents are important today so many seem to be tuned out to the needs of there children, it is a lot more than just material needs, that parents need to provide, and with the prevalence of single parent homes, it is even harder. I feel as much for the parent of these homes as I do for the children it can not be easy wearing all the hats.
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Digital literacy 'as important as reading and writing' - Telegraph

Digital literacy 'as important as reading and writing' - Telegraph | Digital Literacy (UW Stout E-Learning) | Scoop.it
Considering the importance placed on digital literacy in many career roles, the new 2014 curriculum seems a step in the right direction – but does more still need to be done?

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Susan Liner Fisher's curator insight, December 17, 2013 12:55 PM

Yes!!

Nick Hester's curator insight, December 18, 2013 11:19 AM

Yes

Carlos Lon Kan Prado's curator insight, December 29, 2013 8:02 PM

Estamos en el camino de alfabetizar

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Digital Literacy Introduction

A review of three major principles central to being literate in the digital age: 1) consume; 2) create; and 3) connect.
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Digital Literacy Leadership Dare | Digital Writing, Digital Teaching

Digital Literacy Leadership Dare | Digital Writing, Digital Teaching | Digital Literacy (UW Stout E-Learning) | Scoop.it
This morning, on the final day of our digital literacy leadership workshop, we watched Chris Lehmann's Ignite talk about “School 2.0,” and I borrowed some of his ideas to create our writing prompt: What do you dare to do as a ...
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Fantastic tool that creates a roadmap for digital literacy | Blandin on Broadband

Fantastic tool that creates a roadmap for digital literacy | Blandin on Broadband | Digital Literacy (UW Stout E-Learning) | Scoop.it

Thanks to John Hamerlinck at Minnesota Campus Compact for sending me a fantastic digital (well web) literacy tool.

 

It’s a point and click chart of digital literacy tasks that breaks tech skills down into easier prerequisite skills. So you can find out what skills are necessary to have before you attempt to insert a hyperlink into a website. Or conversely, once you learn how to insert a hyperlink, you can find out what some logical next skills to learn might be. It can be used by teacher or learner track progress up a ladder of increasing sophisticated web use.

 

It starts with web browsing and focuses on becoming a web user and content creator – so it’s not much help in terms of learning to use a spreadsheet, but the content is good and the format is very elegant. It would make a good template for other avenues of digital literacy.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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This infographic is awesome. Forget all the talk and debate and just get to the core - "What is Digital Literacy?" So many topic headings followed by surface knowledge to deep application. If you only read one of my links... choose this!

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Curation: Creatively Filtering Content - The Ed...

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We are living in an era of information overload. So much content is shared online that curation is needed as a way to get value out of the information flood. Content curation is the process of shifting through the vast abundance ...
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What do you feel are the key digital literacy skills that 21st century learners need?

What do you feel are the key digital literacy skills that 21st century learners need? | Digital Literacy (UW Stout E-Learning) | Scoop.it

Digital literacy has become one of the major issues facing educators in this early part of the 21st century. The need to develop students and teachers digital literacies has become increasingly accepted as fact and yet most teachers' and students' understanding of what exactly constitutes a digital literacy still seems to remain quite vague. Even more vague seems to be teachers' understanding of how precisely we go about developing those literacies.


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The exposure to this 'social quizzing' app was alone worth the read.  You won't be surprised to find out what is the #1 response, and the final response is unintentionally funny to me - it received 0 votes.  

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Audrey's comment, September 9, 2013 5:59 AM
This vagueness is surely due to the bombardment of all the technology that there is around. Teachers also need time to learn them. It is always assumed that all students are familiar with new technology and have access to them. This is certainly not true. The educational establishments do not provide the learning.
Alfredo Calderón's comment, September 9, 2013 6:59 AM
That's where professional development plays a major role. Management and even instructors need to seek sources that offer these skills. Is it time consuming? Yes! I also agree that the "digital divide" and computer literacy need to be considered when delivering learning content to students.
Aurora María's curator insight, April 26, 2015 4:33 PM

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A Planning Cycle for Integrating Digital Technology Into Literacy Instruction

A Planning Cycle for Integrating Digital Technology Into Literacy Instruction | Digital Literacy (UW Stout E-Learning) | Scoop.it

The Technology Integration Planning Cycle is a guide to help teachers integrate digital technology into literacy instruction in meaningful ways that are consistent with the Common Core State Standards.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 9, 2014 4:15 AM

You can either read it online or download it for later.

Pamela Hills's curator insight, April 9, 2014 10:06 AM

People do your research into 'COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS " From what I have read about it stand up and say know ! To me is like China, Former Soviet Union and what Hitler had incorporated in schools ! We need good old fashion education it can be high tech sure . But the art of teaching and exciting young minds to learn are being taken over by Government make no mistake it is the core beliefs they want taught and will punish a school and teacher if not implemented . I do not know which is worse "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" or this to make sure they all march in straight line ! <3

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TEDxWarwick - Doug Belshaw - The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies

Dr. Doug Belshaw is a Researcher/Analyst at JISC Advance where he researches and advises on issues around open education and innovation. A former teacher and...
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Angela Hoistion, PMP's curator insight, August 8, 2014 8:20 AM

Very interesting TED talk discussing 8 essential elements of digital literacies (there isn't just one)...

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The Myth of Digital Literacy

Is technology destroying our ability to write or reviving it? The new age of digital communication. Guests: Alice Robison, Nichole Pinkard, Mark Federman.
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Digital literacy - European Commission

Discover the 10 award-winning best practices of the Italian contest Actions for Digital Culture, to promote digital literacy and inclusion.
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