Be Positive by Sandra Flower on Prezi Digital Literacy Tips: Strategies for Online Fact Checking Has someone you know shared an article link via email, Facebook, or another social media website that seems too outlandish to be true? Before liking, favoriting, or re-sharing the article link, did you take a few moments to fact-check it by searching online for other sources which either corroborate or refute the article’s claims? If so, congratulations! Your actions in fact-checking links suggest you have some good digital literacy skills. In this post we’ll highlight several useful, online fact-checking strategies and discuss a recent article which can be used with students to highlight this important digital literacy skill. Digital literacy is important for everyone to cultivate today. Outlandish and far-fetched headlines get people’s attention, and online that means people are likely to click hyperlinks connected to them. The proliferation of information sources online today continues to blur the lines of journalism and challenge the concept of “trusted voices.”
The Hardest Type of Web Search for Students There are three basic types of searches that students conduct on the Internet. Those types of searches are navigational, transactional, and informational. Navigational searches are conducted to find something specific like a website or physical location. Five strategies that help students conduct better informational searches. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan | TeachThought 20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan by TeachThought Staff For professional development around developing literacy plans–digital or otherwise–contact us today. Literacy is a chief concern for both academic and professional progress. Digital literacy is emerging as a genuine concern in education as technology competes with traditional texts for student attention. So we’ve put together some questions to help design a plan to respond on your own–and to do so based on effective and accessible data and measurement of student performance. The consistent assessment and promotion of a student’s ability to consume and produce a variety of digital and non-digital texts is at the foundation of any school’s mission. 20 Questions As A Guide The questions below are intended to act as a guide for someone setting out to create a literacy plan for a classroom, school, department, or district. It is included as an image at the bottom of the post. 1. 2. 3. What does the research say? 4. 5.
Lesson Plans – Search Education – Google Picking the right search terms Beginner Pick the best words to use in academic searching, whether students are beginning with a full question or a topic of just a few words. Advanced Explore "firm" and "soft" search terms, and practice using context terms to locate subject-specific collections of information on the web. Understanding search results Learn about the different parts of the results page, and about how to evaluate individual results based on cues like web addresses and snippets. Engage additional search strategies, such as generalization and specialization. Narrowing a search to get the best results Apply filtering tools and basic "operators" to narrow search results. Compare results for basic searches with ones that use operators to discover the impact the right operator has at the right time. Searching for evidence for research tasks Draw stronger terms from preliminary search results, identify evidence, and explore using various media to locate specific types of evidence.
Resources | DigiLit Leicester Interested in finding out more about any of the Digital Literacy framework areas? We’ve collected links to information and resources related to each strand to help you take your practice to the next level! Finding, Evaluating and Organising Creating and Sharing Assessment and Feedback Communication, Collaboration and Participation E-Safety and Online Identity Technology supported Professional Development Resources have also been created as part of a number of the BSF ICT Innovation projects that have run over the last two years: Innovation Project Resources How to Use Google Advanced Image Search Google is the most widely used search engine on the Web. They offer a variety of different vertical or highly targeted, searches, including News, Maps, and Images. In this article, we're going to look at how you can find images with Google using a variety of advanced search tactics to find the exact image you're really looking for. Basic Image Search For most Web searchers, using Google Image Search is easy: just enter your query into the search box and click the Search Images button. Simple! However, more advanced searchers will find that they can also use any of Google's specific search operators within their search query. Advanced Searching If you really want to fine-tune your image searching, the best way to do it is to use the Google advanced search drop-down menus found on your Google Image search results page, or, click on the Advanced Search menu found under the Settings icon on the far right-hand corner. Viewing Your Images Filtering Your Image Results
DigiLit Leicester | Supporting school staff, promoting digital literacy, transforming learning Google advanced search: A comprehensive list of Google search operators - Beyond Common Google Search Operators by Roger Warner “Search Term” This operator searches for the exact phrase within speech marks only. This is ideal when the phrase you are using to search is ambiguous and could be easily confused with something else, or when you’re not quite getting relevant enough results back. For example: “Tinned Sandwiches” This will search for only the finer tinned variety of the bread based snack, at the exclusion of all others. OR This self explanatory operator searches for a given search term OR an equivalent term. “Martin Sheen” OR “Charlie Sheen” Then immediately seek psychiatric help. – (and +) The – operator removes pages that mention a given term from search results. Manchester -united This would return results for “Manchester”, while removing any that feature the word “united”. Peanut Butter +and Jam ~ Adding a tilde to a search word tells Google that you want it to bring back synonyms for the term as well. link: Use this operator to find links to a domain. ..
Inspiring all Australians in digital literacy and STEM | Department of Education and Training There will be a focus on tackling the digital divide by ensuring that students most at risk of falling behind in the digital age are given opportunities to participate and engage. Upskilling our teachers The Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies provides teachers with a world class curriculum which prepares students for the challenges of the digital economy. The Government will roll out a nationally available, free online course – with dedicated support and some start up equipment for primary and early secondary teachers to help develop fundamental teaching skills and knowledge relating to the new digital technologies curriculum Upskilling our students The Government is funding national computing challenges for all Year 5 and 7 students as well as a national competition “Cracking the Code” which will set various types of computing/coding challenges for Year 4 - 12 students. Facilitating partnerships with industry Enhancing digital literacy through a whole-of-school approach Funding
Lesson 1.2: Filtering by color (Text) Lesson 1.2: Filtering by color Access Lesson 1.2 slides here Contents: Understanding square brackets Filtering by color Using color to define content Accessing similar images NOTE: In this course, square brackets [ ] denote a search box. [golfcross rules] Figure: The Google Search box with the two-word search, golfcross rules, typed in. Searching on Google often starts with entering a query. A query is the set of words you type into the search box to tell Google what you want to find. Once you enter a query and get results, you can consider whether you want to focus the results in some way. One really fun way to focus is to search in Google Images and filter results by color. For example, suppose you do a search in Google Images for [fossils]. Figure: General image results for [fossils], pointing out the color filters in the left panel. Using these boxes, you can filter to find images of a specific color. Figure: Image results for [fossil] with a gray filter Figure: Image search for [tesla]
Developing digital literacies in practice Strategies and policies will guide direction but change happens ‘on the ground’ through ‘change agents’ working to support staff and students in developing their skills and practice. This section will focus on approaches and resources which can help those involved in staff and student support. The curriculum provides the framework for developing student digital literacies and engaging staff in dialogue around what it means to be a digitally literate student, teacher, professional etc in a particular discipline. The curriculum design process is key to ensuring that digital literacies are embedded in learning and teaching. Supporting student digital literacies tends to be the focus of support activities but teaching staff need support to help address confidence and capability issues and support staff need to continually develop skills and knowledge. There are a range of approaches to support including: