Digital literacy Digital literacy is the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate and create information using a range of digital technologies. It requires one "to recognize and use that power, to manipulate and transform digital media, to distribute pervasively, and to easily adapt them to new forms". Digital literacy does not replace traditional forms of literacy. It builds upon the foundation of traditional forms of literacy. Digital literacy is the marrying of the two terms digital and literacy; however, it is much more than a combination of the two terms. Digital information is a symbolic representation of data, and literacy refers to the ability to read for knowledge, write coherently, and think critically about the written word. Digital literacy researchers explore a wide variety of topics, including how people find, use, summarize, evaluate, create, and communicate information while using digital technologies. Academic and Pedagogical Concepts Use in education
The Web We Have to Save — Matter It had all started with 9/11. I was in Toronto, and my father had just arrived from Tehran for a visit. We were having breakfast when the second plane hit the World Trade Center. Then, on November 5, 2001, I published a step-to-step guide on how to start a blog. Those days, I used to keep a list of all blogs in Persian and, for a while, I was the first person any new blogger in Iran would contact, so they could get on the list. Every morning, from my small apartment in downtown Toronto, I opened my computer and took care of the new blogs, helping them gain exposure and audience. The breadth of what was available those days amazed us all. There’s a story in the Quran that I thought about a lot during my first eight months in solitary confinement. The hyperlink was my currency six years ago. Blogs gave form to that spirit of decentralization: They were windows into lives you’d rarely know much about; bridges that connected different lives to each other and thereby changed them.
Digital Literacy across the Curriculum handbook This handbook introduces educational practitioners to the concepts and contexts of digital literacy and supports them in developing their own practice aimed at fostering the components of digital literacy in classroom subject teaching and in real school settings. The handbook is aimed at educational practitioners and school leaders in both primary and secondary schools who are interested in creative and critical uses of technology in the classroom. Although there is increasing policy and research attention paid to issues related to digital literacy, there is still relatively little information about how to put this into practice in the classroom. The handbook is not a comprehensive ‘how to’ guide; it provides instead a rationale, some possible strategies and some practical examples for schools to draw on. This handbook is also supported by case studies of digital literacy in practice which can be downloaded here.
information fluency model Digital Information Fluency (DIF) is the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically. DIF involves knowing how digital information is different from print information; having the skills to use specialized tools for finding digital information; and developing the dispositions needed in the digital information environment. As teachers and librarians develop these skills and teach them to students, students will become better equipped to achieve their information needs. FAQDIF mapped to Common Core State Standards Common Core State Standards mapped to DIF (pdf) 1. Rubrics 2. 3. It could be argued that Competency in Ethical Use should be demonstrated by "always citing the source" and that anything less demonstrates incompetency. 4.
8 - Digital Citizenship REP grouping (Respect, Educate & Protect) is a more global way to look at the 9 themes of Digital Citizenship. Respect Yourself/Respect Others 1. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society 5. Educate Yourself/Connect with Others 2. Protect Yourself/Protect Others 7. The resources below will assist you in modeling the REP framework for teaching and learning. Respect Yourself/Respect Others Acceptable Use Acceptable Use and appropriate use of the Internet is something that both teachers and students must understand. Bullying The Learning First Alliance has provided a new comprehensive web library about bullying, with resources from educational organizations. Twitter Etiquette If you are a twitter user, there are many good resources to learn how to use Twitter more effectively. Click the image and visit 21 Things for Students Cybersafety - visit quests 7-9 (Cyberbullying, Nobody Likes A Bully, Webonauts Academy on the 21things4students.net web site. Cyber Safety Initiative
B.S. Detection for Digital Content The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens At Tumblr headquarters, I found myself in a contest of name-dropping teenagers’ URLs, much the same way people dropped indie rock bands in college. Danielle Strle told me about Cornputer; I had to tell her that Heckacute had gone password-protected. “Oh my God, you know Pizza?” Strle said. I had been trying to interview Pizza for a year before her blog disappeared in August 2014. Jess Miller is a 18-year-old recent high school graduate who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Miller’s mom, Jodie Arrowsmith, didn’t know she was on Tumblr for the first few years. In early 2014, when she was 16, some Tumblr users dug up posts Miller had written when she was 13 in which she used the word “nigga.” There are still (false) rumors floating around that Pizza was terminated by Tumblr for being racist. In November 2012, Lilley and Greenfield were contacted by Dennis Hegstad. When he reached out to So-Relatable, Hegstad had a big Twitter audience, millions of followers across a dozen accounts.
Digital literacy resources for teachers and students | Timmus Limited There’s been some Twitter chat from @dajbelshaw about Digital Literacy that has sparked some discussion, notably thoughts of operationalising Digital Literacy ( see Doug’s blog – top marks for doing some thinking on a Sunday!). This reminded me about some resources that I made for Becta just before they were quangoed. Our aim was to create some useful resources for teachers and students to use, which could easily be incorporated into existing teaching practice. (Change management methods here – unfair to ask teachers to get to grips with a new concept AND change the way they work… this method only ever grabs the attention of those keen ‘early adopters’). OK so I am taking the initiative here and will upload these resources seeing as Becta are no more. Please don’t expect rocket science – I wanted to start gently – just explain to teachers and students what Digital Literacy is and offer a framework that can assist them to grasp the basics during lessons.