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On the important differences between literacies, skills and competencies. Or should that be web ? Or perhaps web ? It’s a complex, contested, and nuanced area. These differences are important. Let me explain. Literacies Traditionally, this has meant the ability to read and write using paper as the mediating technology. Because literacy depends upon context and particular mediating technologies there is, to my mind, no one literacy to ‘rule them all’. Skills Skills are subject to objective thresholds. Competencies. Web literacies? (v0.2 beta) Connected Learning Infographic.

Four Creative Commons Photo Sites You Should Know About. Four Creative Commons Photo Sites You Should Know About Grabbing images from Google is one of the easiest things there is to do.

Four Creative Commons Photo Sites You Should Know About

You simply search, copy, paste. iTools - use the best tools. [PRESENTATION] Improving Digital Capability through Digital Literacies : JISC e-Learning Programmes. A Quad, a Blog and a Leap – David Mitchell (@deputymitchell) #pelc12. The children David teaches in Bolton live on average 8 years less than children a couple of miles up the road.

A Quad, a Blog and a Leap – David Mitchell (@deputymitchell) #pelc12

Increasing results can change children’s opportunities and their life chances. After a year’s worth of blogging children on average made 2 years progress in a single year. However, this wasn’t a fluke as they have sustained this with a new year group and set a precendet for Year 6 children at Heathfield School for huge progress in their final year at the school. This impact has been well documented in the news, but they have continued to develop the blogging at Heathfield. Isaac Asimov Imagines Learning in the Digital Age … and Gets It Quite Right (1989) Turning Students into Good Digital Citizens. 21st Century Literacy | In Print Turning Students into Good Digital Citizens. Wikipedia Didn't Kill Britannica. Windows Did. I have never owned a print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Wikipedia Didn't Kill Britannica. Windows Did

After the Britannica company’s announcement that, like the Oxford English Dictionary, it would discontinue its print editions to focus on its online offering, it’s clear that I never will. I always wanted one. Growing up, my parents had a few different sets of reference books: a children’s encyclopedia my mom picked up at the grocery store, which I read cover to cover, and a set of World Books from 1952, bought by my grandparents shortly after they’d emigrated from Ireland. In high school, I took a Bulgarian girl to my senior prom, and looked up her native country in the World Book to learn that (I’m paraphrasing) it was firmly under the thumb of godless Communist oppressors.

The 5 Levels of Digital Storytelling. By kylemawer It’s our pleasure to introduce a guest blog post by James Taylor, who has been adapting gaming elements (such as leveling up) and applying them to digital storytelling.

The 5 Levels of Digital Storytelling

Thanks, James for a very interesting blog post and loads of great web links and resources which you’ll find near the end – Some of them we’re familiar with here at Digital play but we can’t wait to dip into all the others. Over to you James . . . When we think of introducing web-based tools into our classrooms, as teachers we often obsess over the technical side of things. We worry about setting everything up, about dealing with passwords, about computers crashing and our students not doing what they are supposed to do. We are not wrong to consider these things, whether we teach kids or adults. Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video. Paper Rater: Free Online Grammar Checker, Proofreader, and More. Chatter Search. Storify · Create engaging social stories. Mputing experts welcome ICT shake-up - News - Gadgets & Tech. Education Secretary Michael Gove said lessons in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) are to be axed from the start of the new school year in September, subject to a consultation.

mputing experts welcome ICT shake-up - News - Gadgets & Tech

It will be replaced by computer science, which will be made compulsory for all pupils. Dr Richard Wilson, CEO of videogame industry body TIGA, said the proposal was welcome but he said schools needed to be well-resourced in order to be capable of delivering Computer Science lessons. He added: “The Government’s decision on ICT and Computer Science is very positive. Schools will now have greater opportunities to teach Computer Science, a subject of great importance to the video games sector. "TIGA hopes that schools will take advantage of this opportunity. Mr Gove said students wre "bored out of their minds" by the way computing is currently taught in UK schools. Under the plan, schools will use teaching resources that have been put together with help from companies such as Microsoft and Google. LTS: ICT and Learning. Prof Stephen Heppell.


Professional Development / Training. A brilliant way to quote. Why SweetSearch Is the Best Search Engine for Students. Latest radio: Machtdose Podcast January 2012 by Machtdose. TEDx Warwick: The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies. Mputer skills are the grammar of the 21st century, says Ed Vaizey. Ed Vaizey: 'Even a basic understanding of computer coding will help you understand the structure of your digital life.' Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian The British public must start to place as high a value on their computer skills as they do on their ability to correctly string a sentence together, the culture minister Ed Vaizey has warned.

mputer skills are the grammar of the 21st century, says Ed Vaizey

In an interview with the Guardian ahead of its Digital literacy campaign, the Conservative minister for culture, communications and the creative industry said computer skills were "the grammar of the 21st century". Vaizey added that knowing how a computer works was now "on a par with [a knowledge of] the arts and humanities". BEd (Hons) Primary Digital Literacy - Course overview. Computer Science is not Digital Literacy. I'm a huge fan of the current wave of enthusiasm and political will to transform the way that ICT is delivered in schools.

Computer Science is not Digital Literacy

This morning at BETT, the UK's Education Secretary Micheal Gove will outline the Government's endorsement of the development of Computer Science and hopefully, a more interesting, relevant and creative computing curriculum. I'm a big supporter of brilliant initiatives like Code Academy, who are making getting started with coding easier and more accessible than ever before, and the fantastic work going on to get children and young people not just consuming tech but creating it, such as Coding for Kids (check out the #codingforkids hash tag on Twitter for related links, discussion and resources). The Difference Between Digital Literacy and Digital Fluency. Update 6/13/2012: We finally finished our book on this topic.

The Difference Between Digital Literacy and Digital Fluency

It is available in print here, and in Kindle format here. You can also download a sample chapter here: here (601k PDF) Literacy and fluency* have to do with our ability to use a technology to achieve a desired outcome in a situation using the technologies that are available to us. This applies to our ability to use a hammer, nails and wood to build the house that we intend to build: Why e-safety isn’t part of digital literacy (and never will be) Increasingly, I’m realising that there are unsaid words that precede almost any statement involving a connotative element. What are those words? Let me tell you a story… Given the potential for almost any word in any language to be used metaphorically, storytelling is happening pretty much . Network: The Secret Life of Your Personal Data, Animated.

Brainrack - Out of the box innovation. Ransomtech - Digital Footprints. Giving Students Ownership of Learning:Footprints in the Digital Age. November 2008 | Volume 66 | Number 3 Giving Students Ownership of Learning Pages 16-19.

Giving Students Ownership of Learning:Footprints in the Digital Age JISC infoNet: e-Learning Programme support (67) Digital literacy. Learning_literacies. Digital Storytelling Tools. Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything.