Developing digital literacy skills
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A search engine is essentially a database that points to Web sites and Internet resources. The search engine database is compiled by means of often called spiders, crawlers, or bots. These spiders, crawlers and bots are programmed to find web pages, follow all the links they contain and add any new information they find to the master database. It is important to remember that when you are using a search engine, you are not really searching the entire Internet, but a database of pages and resources from the Internet compiled by the bots. Once the information has been collected by the robot programs it is turned over to the search engine's indexing program.
Education is currently at a crossroads as traditional methods and tools are changing as a result of advances in technology and learning theory. We are beginning to see some schools across the country take the lead in merging sound pedagogy with the effective integration of technology. These schools and educators, whether they realize it or not, are not only enhancing the teaching and learning process, but they are also providing their learners with essential skill sets pivotal for success in today’s society. These skill sets include critical thinking/problem solving, media literacy, collaboration, creativity, technological proficiency, and global awareness. The ultimate result with this shift has been increases in engagement as well as a sense of relevancy and meaning amongst learners, all of which are foundations for improving achievement .
Starting article on POSITIVE digital legacies: http://edjudo.com/the-power-of-a-positive-digital-footprint-for-students.html (The article above is a great starting point for discussing positive digital footprints. Rather than focusing on what technology should NOT do, it is time to focus on how to use it for positive means.) Everyone leaves behind a digital footprint just as everyone leaves behind a legacy of some sort. However, when we look to leave behind a legacy, we think about what positive traits we can instill in the future. Why not focus on that when creating digital footprints?
Like practicing educators, today’s pre-service teachers are faced with the challenge of connecting with 21st century learners. Despite the fact that many of these teaching candidates are proficient with technology for personal use, university teacher education programs must prepare them to integrate technology effectively in their content areas. I am currently teaching Technology in the Classroom to a class of pre-service teachers, mostly seniors in their student teaching semester.
Jim Wilson/The New York Times Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning. Go to related article » Updated | Feb. 2013
On Wednesday I attended and presented at an Emerging Technology event for LSIS. The focus of the event was on the technologies that are on the horizon, and how colleges need to be aware and plan for the use of those technologies. My opening presentation was around the new technologies that are on the horizon, but also covered how learning is changing, often as a result of changes in technology. As part of the session , in groups we discussed the resistance and scepticism that change (and not just changes in technology and practice) that we find in FE Colleges. The conclusion is quite simple and one that is often forgotten, most people don’t like change. Traditional models of change and change management have not really served education well in the introduction of new technologies.
0 Comments February 7, 2012 By: David Andrade Feb 7 Written by: 2/7/2012 6:28 AM ShareThis Edudemic has a great article entitled "The Must-Have Guide To Helping Technophobic Teachers" .
Welcome to the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum.
Thanks to its partnership with publisher Eye on Education , EducationWorld is pleased to present this administrator advice based on the book Step-by-Step Professional Development in Technology by Sarah T. Meltzer. In the guide below, find tips for implementing effective professional development in technology from start to finish. Meltzer takes you step-by-step through the process of planning, implementing and managing professional development opportunities. Provide Hands-On Training It’s critical to have adequate equipment and materials for all participants to work independently. Ideally, this equipment is the same teachers will be expected to use in the classroom.
(Cross-posted at TechLearning ) Many years ago I helped operate a soup kitchen on San Jose’s (CA) Skid Row. We were well-meaning, but not the most responsible neighbors.