Digital Literacy for literacy today and onward…

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Pause to Reflect…

 

Digital Literacy: It’s now.

As soon as a child can reach, the choice is clear: the iPad has changed the world. 

Digital Literacy: It’s Today.

Joe and His Non-NetBook

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Joe and his non-netbook (an excerpt):

 

  • Joe

“I can’t double click on the image for more information. I can’t find the System Preferences to enlarge the small text.”

  • Expectations

Joe is frustrated because he knows a better way to access the information relevant to his learning. 

It’s not just middle school students. 

A one-year-old knows that “a magazine is an iPad that does not work.”  

See the source video:

The remix: 

 

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Digital Literacy: It’s now.

Look in your pocket or a person in the room. Listen in the room. Wherever you go, you see and hear it: we have  instant access to information and people. We are a connected world.

Digital Literacy: It’s Search and Connect.

How fast can you find information on Google? How valid and accurate is the information? How relevant is the information to your needs? Do you Facebook? Twitter? LinkedIn? Are you connected to people around the world with similar interests? Do you collaborate with these people? If you don’t, you aren’t “literate” by today’s terms.

Source: Lucy Gray Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/elemenous/search-at-isummit

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Digital Literacy: It’s now.

If we have the tool, do we have the knowledge to be sophisticated and serious users of information? Do we  have the knowledge to be creative and critical authors of relevant and important information that helps not only ourselves, but others? Are we digital citizens?

Digital Literacy: It’s Research and Create.

Do you know how to apply a “digital alert?” Do you follow RSS feeds? Do you understand Creative Commons? Do you gather and analyze information, consider its import, collaborate with others, and remix to share to make a point, make a change, or make a difference? Do you engage as a digital citizen? If you don’t, you’re not literate.

Source: Lucy Gray Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/elemenous/search-at-isummit

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Digital Literacy: Traditional concurrent with the future.

Why not stay the same? Reading and Writing with paper and pen?

Have we ever stopped progress?

Think about It: Source:

 

Digital Literacy: Consider. Act. Connect.

Consider:

The costs of digital exclusion are rising … Offline Americans are missing out on education opportunities, health care opportunities, and, yes, job opportunities..

SOURCE: PC WORLD 2012-07-16 18:50:00

 

Connecting all Am
ericans and teaching them digital skills is critical to reducing unemployment … There is growing evidence of a skills mismatch in America..

SOURCE: PC WORLD 2012-07-16 18:50:00

 

We have a case to make, I think, for valuing the immeasurable over that which can be easily measured, and that the powerful role that schools can play now is not delivering that narrow curriculum (which is now in a million places) but in developing the skills and dispositions or the “opportunity to participate in civic and deliberative discussions” which, at the end of the day, is kinda hard to machine score.

SOURCE: Will Richardson http://willrichardson.com/post/27223512371/valuing-the-immeasurable 

 

In every great struggle, there comes a tipping point, that critical moment when an infusion of resources – people, effort and assets – is necessary to prevail … For the school district, we believe that tipping point is now..

SOURCE:: ACTION NEWS 6 ABC 2012-07-17 19:57:00

 

Play to Learn…

 

Digital Literacy for literacy today and onward… as literate, digital citizens.

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Source: Flickr Creative Commons by by mikefisher821

 

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Act:

What opportunities do we want for our students?

How will we connect their world to ours?

 

Connect:

One example: Personal Persuasive Project: science and language arts with student choice incorporating Google Apps for Education.


 


ePub: Digital Literacy 4 Us by Sheri Edwards  Download and Open in iBooks

Creative Commons 3.0

 

Note:

This post

-an ePub on iPads-

was my presentation

for the school board

on the importance of digital literacy

P2PU: A Reflection on Digital Literacy

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Pause to reflect…

 

Peer 2 Peer University: Making Writing and Literacy Learning Connections is a reflective group I have joined to become a better teacher of digital literacies.

 

P2PU | Making Writing and Literacy Learning Connections | July 12: Writing in the “Real” World

 

 

This group of educators has been discussing Digital Literacy in terms of a transition of the teaching and learning of reading and writing in today’s classrooms.

 

I highlighted in Diigo the words from our second task and considered why they resonate as powerful possibilities.

 

1. Goals

 

“collaboration, shared writing, community building, and relevant and clear communication”
 
These ideas we have discussed as important to digital literacies, and are goals on which we can continually improve both our process and product. When we embark into digital literacies, we have the opportunity to build a better world, a world where diverse voices are heard and recognized, where they can come together in an online space and build a community of learners and citizens to solve problems anywhere. We could.

 

These fourth grade students grew into a community that provided lessons within their school and without:

 

Fourth Grade Service Learning Project:  http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/366


2. Purpose

“help students to understand the ways in which the choices they make regarding when, how, and why they use writing to communicate to particular audiences can have a profound social impact”

 

When we communicate and collaborate, when we work together, we build a community. What we think, say, and write impacts ourselves, our communities. Our purpose is to help students find a voice, join voices, and act with those voices to impact their world — choosing the most effective words and presentation to convey that voice, their purpose. Using audio, sound, text, images, video, diagrams, interactives, and more, students constantly consider TAP: topic, audience, and purpose. We’ve just expanded the repertoire of choices in “how” we share; critical thinking and planning in creative ways will be the norm, if we help students understand their choices in “digital writing” (multi-media) and in reading those choices by others. We guide them to see the impacts of media on their lives and how their media can impact the lives of others.  Now more than ever, we help students “touch the future” and build that better world.

 

These students show how that power of choice through critical and creative revisions of their vision do just that.

 

Literacy in our Lives:  http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/2783

 

3. Impacts

“student choice, online responsibility and ethics, social justice, and real world change through communication”

 

By expanding the choices in how students read and write, we encourage more engagement, and therefore more learning. The internet is filled with questionable content as well as the enormous wealth of helpful information. Through our classrooms with more choice and engagement, we promote the online responsibility and ethics of good citizens and encourage students to work for social justice. These are real world issues students can now become the powerful voice of change.

 

The example below transformed a traditional unit on Shakespeare into a message of understanding and clarification of identity that transcended their own classroom and reached out to build that understanding for others.

 

Redefining Romeo and Juliet: Reclaiming the “Ghetto”:  http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/2248

 


Play to Learn…

 

4. Implications

“teaching and learning practices and writing in the real world”

“use Digital Is to help focus, enrich, and complicate our interest in authentic writing/writing in the real world”

 

Do you see how projects such build a local and global community with reciprocation of sharing? Do you see how  students and teachers applied these skills: creative and critical thinking with reading, writing, and producing strategies?

 

Do you see the need to find the ways to build the foundation in pedagogy, curriculum, and infrastructure to implement projects?

 

How do we start?

 

A good example that also started with the traditional history curriculum, but built a community of help and history is:

 

Students Doing History with Voicethread Technology:  http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/415

 

Now more than ever, digital literacy bridges the schools and the “real world.”

 

What projects have you considered or implemented that also demonstrate the need for more projects like this?

 

How about joining the discussion at P2PU  and Digital Is ?

 

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