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Global Digital Citizen Foundation. How Google Impacts The Way Students Think. How Google Impacts The Way Students Think by Terry Heick It’s always revealing to watch learners research.

How Google Impacts The Way Students Think

How To Make Students Better Online Researchers. I recently came across an article in Wired Magazine called “ Why Kids Can’t Search “. I’m always interested in this particular topic, because it’s something I struggle with in my middle and high school classes constantly, and I know I’m not alone in my frustrations.

Getting kids to really focus on what exactly they are searching for, and then be able to further distill idea into a few key specific search terms is a skill that we must teach students, and we have to do it over and over again. We never question the vital importance of teaching literacy, but we have to be mindful that there are many kinds of “literacies”. An ever more important one that ALL teachers need to be aware of is digital literacy. I could go off in many directions on this, but for the purpose of this post I’m focusing strictly on the digital literacy of searching. 21st Century Fluencies. The Essential Fluencies The Essential Fluencies of innovative learning are structured processes for developing the skills that your students need to succeed, today and in the future.

21st Century Fluencies

Get Started Now “The Essential Fluencies have nothing to do with hardware—they are about headware, and heartware!”

Ethical use in the 21st Century

Blogs. Infographics for Educators. We live in a world of quick consumption, bite-size morsels of information, and visualizations of just about everything.

Infographics for Educators

All of this has become boiled down into the uber-popular infographic. They pop up from time to time on Edudemic and I often have a tough time determining if I should actually run versus another. I’ve been saving up all of my favorite infographics for a post just like this one. An all-in-one no-extra-clicking-necessary post where you can scroll for miles and have a never-ending stream of visualized goodness. I picked each infographic based on the topic, breadth of information, and overall worth. Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning. If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the role of this institution?

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

“Our whole reason for showing up for school has changed, but infrastructure has stayed behind,” said Diana Laufenberg, who taught history at the progressive public school Science Leadership Academy for many years. Laufenberg provided some insight into how she guided students to find their own learning paths at school, and enumerated some of these ideas at SXSWEdu last week. 1. Information Fluency. Information Fluency According to Danny Callison, information fluency is the ability to apply the skills associated with information literacy, computer literacy and critical thinking to address and solve information problems across disciplines, across academic levels, and across information format structures.

Information Fluency

According to The Associated Colleges of the South ( using critical thinking skills and appropriate technologies, information fluency integrates the abilities to: collect the information necessary to consider a problem or issue employ critical thinking skills in the evaluation and analysis of the information and its sources formulate logical conclusions and present those conclusions in an appropriate and effective way. Integrating Technology and Literacy. When teaching with digital natives in a digital world, one question facing many educators revolves around integrating technology to help facilitate learning: How do you work technology into the pedagogy, instead of just using something cool?

Integrating Technology and Literacy

That task can be especially daunting in language arts literacy classrooms where reading and writing skill development is the crux of daily lessons. However, as 1:1 technology initiatives roll out, integrating technology into the classroom is our reality. With hundreds of sites, apps, Chrome extensions, and platforms available, choosing the right ones can seem overwhelming.

Classroom Technology Blog : Edutopia. Popular Videos - Information literacy. Focusing on the ‘Word Gap’ Is Harmful to Poor Students. Why do rich kids end up doing better than poor kids in school?

Focusing on the ‘Word Gap’ Is Harmful to Poor Students

Of late, one common explanation for this has been the “word gap,” or the idea that poor children are exposed to significantly fewer words by age three than their wealthier peers. As a former elementary school teacher and now educational psychologist, I understand the appeal of the “word gap” argument. But, focusing on the “word gap” as an explanation for the achievement gap between poor students and wealthier students is both distracting and potentially harmful. Silent majority: A crisis is brewing in basic education. In the background of the student protests stand the silent majority – young, mainly black, South Africans deprived of a decent basic education in a democratic South Africa.

Silent majority: A crisis is brewing in basic education

Many don’t finish school, let alone university. If the student movement is a fuse, this silent majority may well be the powder keg. Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator. Literacy, families and learning. 3 TED Talks That Might Actually Change How You Teach (And Think) What happened when one school banned homework — and asked kids to read and play instead. How One School Creatively Boosted Student Achievement. Mr.

How One School Creatively Boosted Student Achievement

DeMaio and other teachers star in a video about times tables. It’s not only at Halloween time that the Memorial School students in Union Beach, New Jersey, see their teachers in costumes. This faculty gets dressed up year-round to perform in instructional videos for kids to access online. Elementary teacher Mike DeMaio leads the team of educators to produce customized videos to help children learn concepts in math, science, and social studies. They use music, animation, voice-overs, puppets, and other entertaining approaches to create appealing and memorable content to support their learners. Learning Difficulties and Special Needs Guide.