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8 digital skills we must teach our children

8 digital skills we must teach our children
The social and economic impact of technology is widespread and accelerating. The speed and volume of information have increased exponentially. Experts are predicting that 90% of the entire population will be connected to the internet within 10 years. With the internet of things, the digital and physical worlds will soon be merged. These changes herald exciting possibilities. But they also create uncertainty. Children are using digital technologies and media at increasingly younger ages and for longer periods of time. The digital world is a vast expanse of learning and entertainment. Moreover, there is the digital age gap. So how can we, as parents, educators and leaders, prepare our children for the digital age? Digital intelligence or “DQ” is the set of social, emotional and cognitive abilities that enable individuals to face the challenges and adapt to the demands of digital life. Digital identity: The ability to create and manage one’s online identity and reputation. Share Written by

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8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them A generation ago, IT and digital media were niche skills. Today, they are a core competency necessary to succeed in most careers. That’s why digital skills are an essential part of a comprehensive education framework. A 3-Step Guide to Developing a Digital Citizenship Curriculum For many decades, students in K-12 would learn about the theory and practice of civics. Today, schools, governments, entrepreneurs and academics are starting to expand the concept of civics to the digital realm. Professors are now teaching courses about digital citizenship and governments are publishing reports that relay important information about digital citizenship. All of this is productive, but it’s not enough. Every K-12 teacher should make digital citizenship part of the core curriculum. Even though many of today’s students are “digital natives,” they need to be taught proper digital skills.

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. 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. Fan-N-Pick So how does Fan-N-Pick work? Its actually very simple. You need to start with a set of cards for each group of four students. These cards can be teacher created directly related to content (such as a review activity or questions related to a text or reading) or more general cards such as discussion questions, get-to-know you questions, or higher level thinking questions that can fit multiple content areas. You can also purchase sets of cards through the Kagan website.

Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation Tool discovery is often a challenge for teachers interested in finding ways to use technology that will change the way they and their students work. With so much going on in the classroom, many teachers don’t have the time to test out various apps and find the perfect tool to meet their needs. Luckily, several tech-savvy librarians have been curating the apps their colleagues find useful and sharing the all-stars with one another through personal learning communities (PLC) and edWeb webinars. These educators are paying attention to their own working habits, as well as those of students, to figure out which technology products and trends are here to stay.

Strategies for digital reading Many people are concerned about the effect digital devices are having on our reading ability, in particular our ability to read deeply and focus on longer and more complex texts. The most common issue is that when we read digital texts we are usually online and thus vulnerable to the sirens' call of social media. Digital reading has certainly helped to improve certain reading skills such as skimming, browsing and checking links and references but when you need to concentrate and read deeply then print has a clear advantage. Reading a text on an online device could be compared to reading a book in the living room where the rest of the family are watching TV, playing, chatting and generally trying to attract your attention. However if we eliminate the distractions is there any difference in reading a longer text in print or on a tablet or laptop?

8 digital skills we must teach our children — World Economic Forum The social and economic impact of technology is widespread and accelerating. The speed and volume of information have increased exponentially. Experts are predicting that 90% of the entire population will be connected to the internet within 10 years. With the internet of things, the digital and physical worlds will soon be merged. These changes herald exciting possibilities. Media Literacy: Five Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News As the national attention to fake news and the debate over what to do about it continue, one place many are looking for solutions is in the classroom. Since a recent Stanford study showed that students at practically all grade levels can’t determine fake news from the real stuff, the push to teach media literacy has gained new momentum. The study showed that while students absorb media constantly, they often lack the critical thinking skills needed to tell fake news from the real stuff. Teachers are taking up the challenge to change that.

The Genealogy and History of Popular Music Genres To begin our journey through the world of popular music, we must first answer the question: “What exactly defines popular music?” Despite popular belief that this is a highly subjective matter, a broad consensus has been reached of its definition. Etymologically speaking, “music of the people (=populos)”, would not make us much wiser. The Padagogy Wheel developed by Allan Carrington It Is Not About the Apps, It Is About The Pedagogy The Padagogy Wheel is designed to help educators think – systematically, coherently and with a view to long-term, big-picture outcomes – about how they use mobile apps in their teaching. The Padagogy Wheel is all about mindsets; it is a way of thinking about digital-age education that meshes together concerns about mobile app features, learning transformation, motivation, cognitive development and long-term learning objectives. The Padagogy Wheel is not rocket science.

The 14 most innovative schools in the world Mathias Eis Schultz Innovation in education can take lots of forms, like incorporating new technology or teaching methods, going on field trips, rejecting social norms, or partnering with the local community. An innovative school could be modeled after a legendary CEO, like the Steve Jobs School in Amsterdam. Or it can be an institution that's blind to gender, like Egalia, in Stockholm, Sweden. 5-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship "Digital citizenship" is an umbrella term that covers a whole host of important issues. Broadly, it's the guidelines for responsible, appropriate behavior when one is using technology. But specifically, it can cover anything from "netiquette" to cyberbullying; technology access and the digital divide; online safety and privacy; copyright, plagiarism, and digital law, and more. In fact, some programs that teach digital citizenship have outlined no less than nine elements that intersect to inform a well-equipped digital citizen.

Teaching Students Good Digital Citizenship Teachers have long understood the importance of instilling good citizenship in their students, focusing on social etiquette and how to treat their peers with respect in the course of their daily lives. Today, though, it’s just as important that students understand what kinds of behaviors are acceptable online. Instilling the principles of good digital citizenship can help students become smart, responsible, and respectful members of their online communities. What Is Digital Citizenship?

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