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From the mouths of babes. When it comes to using technology in the classroom, teachers “have to be open-minded” and willing to take risks, said Moananui Blankenfeld, a senior at Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i during a conversation I had with her and her peers at their tabletop session at ISTE 2015.

From the mouths of babes

“Get out of your comfort zone,” advised Blankenfeld. “Do something you haven’t done before.” She was not alone in her thinking. I spoke with several other student presenters at the conference to get their take on the issue and see what advice they have for tech-wary educators. Their insight and advice was honest, practical and (surprisingly) fair. Turn to your students. Be patient with the learning curve. Experiment. Take a class. Foster digital responsibility. Apply yourself. Digital Literacy is the Bedrock for Lifelong Learning. People often ascribe technological devices with magical properties, as though the inert objects in and of themselves can bestow us with the capacity to be "better, faster, and more productive.

Digital Literacy is the Bedrock for Lifelong Learning

" In actuality, it is the people making and using technological devices to achieve shared goals that produce the seemingly magical results. In a similar way, this Microsoft infographic seemed to suggest that simply having a home computer with Internet would fix billions of dollars of lost-earning potential due to nearly 10 million American students lacking access to digital tools. Nichole Pinkard on Digital Literacy (Big Thinkers Series) Nichole: Literacy has always been defined by the technology, right?

Nichole Pinkard on Digital Literacy (Big Thinkers Series)

Before the printing press, your ability to orally recite something meant to be literate. And so as technology has made things cheaper, we're now saying, "Well hmm, is someone literate if they cannot critique media, take media in, if they're only taking in traditional text? " So if a sixth grader today, by the time they graduate from college, is not fluent, if you will, in some of these other forms of media, I would venture to say that they won't necessarily be considered as being literate. The Digital Youth Network was started over five years ago, really out of trying to understand how we can support youth in learning to use digital media, initially for schoolwork.

Why Reading Matters: An Interview with a School Leader. One of the greatest honors I have is the opportunity to work with a talented, creative, hardworking team of educators, people who demonstrate on a daily basis what it takes to prepare students for college success.

Why Reading Matters: An Interview with a School Leader

Teachers, in general, tend to be an awe-inspiring bunch, and Envision teachers and school leaders certainly do inspire me. Mark Isero Photo credit: Envision Schools In this post, I'd like to introduce you to one such amazing educator: Mark Isero, who is our director of instructional development. In that capacity, Mark coaches teachers and designs exceptional professional development experiences for our network of high schools in the bay area of San Francisco. Edutopia: Mark, tell us how you came to the teaching profession. Mark Isero: My family taught me that education led to power and freedom. Defining Literacy in a Digital World. Overview From Theory to Practice While students interact with a range of print, visual, and sound texts, they do not always recognize that these many documents are texts.

Defining Literacy in a Digital World

Digital Literacy lesson - Create your own movie Trailers. Google Custom Search. 21things project - Home. 14 Digital Literacy Activities. Following a PD session I was involved with yesterday on creating Digital Literacies I have compiled 14 activities with both student and teacher guidance notes included focussing on four aspects of digital literacies.

14 Digital Literacy Activities

Still Images, Digital Sound, Moving Images and Digital Text. These activities are aimed at students from years 5 - 9 but you could easily adjust them to suit the needs of older and younger students. These activities can be set as either an independent task or as a whole class activity. Still Images Design a Robot This digital learning object allows you to build robots for specific purposes Cartoon Capers This cartoon shows what many people thought about Labour leader Kevin Rudd during the 2007 federal election campaign.

The Riddle of the Black Panther This is a series of three interactive learning objects which focus on a rumour that a black panther is loose near the town of Flotsam. eSchool News Kids can tweet, but many lack digital literacy skills. By Christina Veiga, Miami Herald July 30th, 2015 Using technology for social purposes doesn’t equate to digital literacy Sure, teens can text and tweet.

eSchool News Kids can tweet, but many lack digital literacy skills

But can they read search engine results and pick out reliable digital sources for school work? Probably not. Many students still lack digital literacy. Dive Brief: Despite how connected most students are, many struggle with the digital skills necessary to learn new ideas from the Internet, conduct research, or prepare for a career.

Many students still lack digital literacy

A study from University of Connecticut currently under peer review found that just 4% of 13-year-olds could identify whether a website was credible; most couldn't identify the author, the author's credentials, or potential bias. A separate study from the University of Connecticut found that less than 8% of 13-year-olds could send a proper email, including a subject line, greetings, or a clear message. U.S. millennials post ‘abysmal’ scores in tech skills test, lag behind foreign peers. American millennials did not do well on this test.

U.S. millennials post ‘abysmal’ scores in tech skills test, lag behind foreign peers

(Bigstock photo) There was this test. And it was daunting. It was like the SAT or ACT -- which many American millennials are no doubt familiar with, as they are on track to be the best educated generation in history -- except this test was not about getting into college. This exam, given in 23 countries, assessed the thinking abilities and workplace skills of adults.

And U.S. millennials performed horribly. That might even be an understatement, given the extent of the American shortcomings. “We were taken aback,” said ETS researcher Anita Sands. The test is called the PIAAC test. Digital vs Digitized Learning. What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years. In a fast-moving field like education technology, it’s worth taking a moment to take stock of new developments, persistent trends and the challenges to effective tech implementation in real classrooms.

What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years

The NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 report offers a snapshot of where ed tech stands now and where it is likely to go in the next five years, according to 56 education and technology experts from 22 countries. Deeper Learning: The expert panel identified several long-term trends that will greatly influence the adoption of technology in classrooms over the next five years and beyond. They see worldwide educators focusing on “deeper learning” outcomes that try to connect what happens in the classroom to experts and experiences beyond school as an important trend.

Education Week. Published Online: October 29, 2014 By Brianna Crowley If students are “glued” 24/7 to their mobile devices, why is it necessary for schools to teach digital literacy? Who should teach it? And wait … what does it even mean to be “digitally literate”? If these are questions you’ve heard or asked, you aren’t alone. The New York Department of Education defines digital literacy as “having the knowledge and ability to use a range of technology tools for varied purposes.” Most teachers recognize those skills as critical for 21st-century learning. The Myth of ‘Digital Natives’ Digital Literacy In Your Classroom. While it’s great to know what Digital Literacy is, why it’s important, and how it affects us here in Canada, the real question is often how do I translate this into value for my learners. Below are a number of links to sites that are geared towards activities and lesson plans designed to promote Digital Literacy.

I hope that you find them useful! Teachers: Teach digital citizenship and discover the best apps, games, and websites rated for learning. Digital Literacy handbook 0. Digital Literacy Resource.

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