SuperBetter: Show Me the Science! Looking for the research behind SuperBetter Chief Creative Officer Jane McGonigal’s SXSW, Games for Health, Games for Change, or TED Global talks? Good news: You’ve found it! Haven’t seen any of these talks yet? A Growing Understanding of Digital Literacy – Martin Wolske's Blog Literacy is a set of competencies and knowledge within a certain domain. Digital literacy, then, is literacy within the realm of digital information and communication technologies. Summarizing a variety of definitions regarding digital literacy and related computational thinking, the set of competencies include:
Join our next cohort! Applications for cohort #4 are closed! Thanks to everyone who applied. Fill out the form below to be notified when applications for cohort #5 are available. You may also read the FAQ below for more information. Is this program right for my startup? Applications for co.lab are open to any startup (for-profit or non-profit) with one or more technology products focused on using the power of games to improve academic and/or social outcomes for PK-12 students. Study Finds Benefits In Use of iPad As Educational Tool Thanks to Simon Thomas of 9ine Consulting, who reached out last week to share this exciting report. 9ine Consulting worked with NAACE (a.k.a. “the ICT Association”) to produce this study. The study looks at the use of iPads at the Longfield Academy, where a large scale 1 to 1 iPad program was implemented last year. A brief overview of this groundbreaking study is provided below.
Matt Gomez Blog Toontastic App Is Now FREE Google has acquired one of my favorite storytelling apps and it is now FREE (was $9.99) If you don’t already own this app grab it and get those kids creating. Listed below are a few posts I have made previously about the app and you can read about the announcement here. From Written to Digital: The New Literacy Both the 21st-century economy and the careers needed to fuel it are changing at an unprecedented rate. Students must be prepared for nonlinear careers, pivoting to match the ever-changing work landscape. We thus need to rethink not just how we teach our students but what we teach our students. Rogers Center & Erikson to release children & technology report Educators, families, and creators of children’s media will soon have an important new resource. Beginning in 2016, the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College and Erikson’s TEC Center will release a biennial report exploring key issues, the latest research, and best practices for the use of technology and interactive media with young children. “This is an important opportunity to address digital media literacy for children, families, and educators as an essential skill for 21st century learning,” said Rick Fernandes, executive director of the Fred Rogers Center. Chip Donohue, director of the TEC Center added, “Together, we will provide guidance to the field about what we know, what we’re learning, and what matters most for young children, parents, families, and educators in the digital age.” Report findings will be announced at the 2016 Fred Forward Conference. Children, technology, and interactive media report
Teachers Guide on The Use of Wikis in Education Here are some platforms where you can start your wiki for free. They are among the best available for teachers : 1- Wikispaces : This is a free wiki host providing community wiki spaces, visual page editing, and discussion areas. It is my favourite platform and it is the first one I would recommend you try for your class. 2- PBworks This is another great wiki hosting platform that lets anyone sign up and create a new wiki but the free version is ad-supported. 5 Keys to Effective Digital Learning Implementation Each year, billions of dollars are spent on educational technology in the United States. With stagnant budgets forcing districts to evaluate each line item on a year over year basis, school officials are often forced to make difficult choices on what to purchase, what to cut, and ultimately, where to invest money in the smartest possible fashion. Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside a large number of districts related to their digital conversion; in essence, moving their classrooms from teacher-centric environments with desks in rows and information dissemination seemingly the focus, to 21st century learning spaces where students are empowered, the classroom is flexible, and the focus is on creation, collaboration, and higher order thinking skills. In some districts, millions of dollars are spent putting equipment in the hands of both teachers and students and in turn, there’s minimal increases in academic achievement.
Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally Students are doing more reading on digital devices than they ever have before. Not only are many teachers using tablets and computers for classroom instruction, but many state tests are now administered on computers, adding incentive for teachers to teach digital reading strategies. But casual digital reading on the internet has instilled bad habits in many students, making it difficult for them to engage deeply with digital text in the same way they do when reading materials printed on paper. Devin Hess sympathizes with educators’ concerns, but believes digital reading is here to stay and teachers have a duty to equip students to engage with digital texts in meaningful ways. Hess was a middle school social studies teacher and early tech adopter in his classroom. Now he works with the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project training social studies teachers on deep reading strategies that have their origins in paper, but can be extended and furthered when moved into the digital space.
Centre for Multiliteracies Literacy in New Times Situated in a picturesque part of the Niagara escarpment, the Centre for Multiliteracies explores ways of expanding pratices and understandings of literacy in the 21st century. With CFI-funded laboratories in the CFI-funded Centre for Multiliteracies, the Centre investigates reading, writing, communicating, videogaming, teaching and assessing students through different technologies, immersive environments and printed texts. The Centre for Multiliteracies at Brock University and the Brock University Reading Clinic are under the direction of Jennifer Rowsell, Co-Editor of the Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies with Dr.