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Turning Students into Good Digital Citizens

21st Century Literacy | In Print Turning Students into Good Digital Citizens Schools have always been charged with the task of producing good citizens. But how has our definition of a "good citizen" changed over the ages? By John K. In today's world of near-ubiquitous connectivity, in which ordinary people have almost instantaneous access to unlimited stores of information and the ability to interact with anyone, anywhere, anytime, what does it mean to be an effective citizen? Ask a K-12 educator these questions and chances are the answers will have something to do with teaching proper behavior and setting appropriate prohibitions. But some educators, particularly those who think about this issue in higher education, will say that digital citizenship has less to do with safety and civility than participation in the worldwide online conversation--participation that requires a set of relatively sophisticated skills. Related:  21st century teaching and learningdig.citBack to School

The 21st Century Teaching and Learning Skills for Teachers and Students We have just finsihed working on our fourth ebook this year. The 21st Century Skills Teachers and Students Need is inspired by the popular post under the same title here in this blog.Since its publication last year, thousands of people have been reading it and so we decided to make an elaborate ebook where we can provide more information on this topic. As is the habit with each new ebook we publish, here is part of the introduction and you can scroll down to download and read the entire ebook. ......Digital era, information age, knowledge era are new terms that we start hearing recently because of this digital boom. Here is the table of content of this ebook to let you have an idea of what to expect to read. Use this Link to share the ebook ( ) Here is the ebook The 21st Century Skills Teachers and Students Need to Have -

The Definition of Digital Literacy The OITP Digital Literacy Task Force released it’s official definition of digital literacy this week on the District Dispatch blog. The short definition is accompanied by a six page primer (not yet available) that provides more in-depth information. Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information requiring both cognitive and technical skills. I am part of this task force and one of the reasons I was thrilled to be asked to serve is because I knew that digital literacy was a growing area of discussion not just among librarians but among policy makers and others discussing issues such as the digital divide, 21st century skills and participatory citizenship. I also knew there was no agreed upon definition for digital literacy. Read more at District Dispatch. Similar Posts:

Digital Citizenship Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps I am conducting a series of workshops in Florida and was asked to share a rubric to help teachers evaluate educational apps as part of the workshop. In 2010 Harry Walker developed a rubric, and I used his rubric (with some modifications by Kathy Schrock) as the basis for mine. (Read Harry Walker's paper Evaluating the Effectiveness of Apps for Mobile Devices.) I kept in mind that some apps are used to practice a discrete skill or present information just one time. Others are creative apps that a learner may use again and again, so it's a challenge to craft a rubric that can be used for a wide span of purposes. My rubric also emphasizes the ability to customize content or settings and how the app encourages the use of higher order thinking skills. Here's what I chose to spotlight in my rubric: Relevance The app’s focus has a strong connection to the purpose for the app and appropriate for the student Customization Feedback Student is provided specific feedback Thinking Skills Engagement Sharing

The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Schools Should Not Be Run Like Businesses It’s not uncommon to hear that our schools need to be run more like businesses. That argument holds a lot of appeal to some people (including, but not limited to, people who might make a profit out of it). I thought I’d bring together a few resources that provide a counterpoint to those beliefs. You might also be interested in A Beginning “The Best…” List On The Dangers Of Privatizing Public Education. Here are my choices for The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Public Education Should Not Be Run Like A Business: My Sacramento colleague Alice Mercer has written an excellent post titled The Business of Education. While I think there are some things that can be learned from best practices in other fields, trying to adopt reform models from business on a “wholesale” basis ignores some basic differences between the function and ecology of public education, and a for-profit business. “The Price Is Double” — Two Stories About School Reform & Money is another related post I’ve written.

mooc.wikispaces Understanding Digital CitizenshipChange 11 MOOC - #change11Alec Couros - @courosa - - Overview This week, I would like to lead a conversation around the the emerging concept of digital citizenship as it applies to learners and the role that educators and educational institutions must play in developing citizenry. Media & Information Literacy: "Media literacy is a repertoire of competences that enable people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and forms." Copyright/Copyleft: "Copyleft is a general method for making a program (or other work) free, and requiring all modified and extended versions of the program to be free as well." Network Literacy: Howard Rheingold writes, "Understanding how networks work is an essential 21st century literacy." Identity:

JISC at Association of University Administrators (AUA) 2012 « Myles Danson One outcome of a recent JISC / AUA roundtable was to put together a JISC theme at the AUA anual conference I’ve been involved in two of these; 1. Demystifying JISC Link to session resources Here Patrick Bellis of JISC Infonet and I Demystified JISC in just 5 slides then used Google Docs to suggest some resources for AUA members based on preparatory work (analysing the conference programme, and review of communications on the AUA JISCmail list and LinkedIn group). 2. We ran group work on Capabilities for the digitally literate administrator Priorities and next steps to take forward those capabilities We then ran a plenary feedback and I summarise this below Communications and appropriate modes of delivery Devolving responsibility for supporting digital literacy services Administrators supporting the various staff roles and students in digital literacy Methods (such as focus groups) to help deploy digital literacy strategies Visibility of content as services to upskill in digital literacy.

Teaching the (non)Controversy Part I: A Marketplace, Corrupted In celebration of passing 5,000 page views on my blog (THANK YOU SO MUCH), I thought I would change things up a little by mixing the typical rant up with a problem that I don't necessarily have an answer for yet. (Please note, I will be writing about "controversy" in this blog. Please take the content of my claim into consideration even if you disagree with the examples) But first, check out my Pin (Pinterest Board)! get thisFlat Earth JD Ferries-RoweTeach the Controversy (ok, in all honesty, I am also trying to figure out a use-case for Pinterest in education as well. Interlude 1: The debate topic a few years ago in Lincoln-Douglas was over mandatory vaccinations. Despite other books Despite celebrity spokes people Despite air time on evening news programs and screen time on websites The scientific community had put this "controversy" to rest through the process of epidemiological study, scientific method, and peer review. Sounds like 21st Century skills to me. Fast-forward to 2012.

Principles of Democracy - Digital Storytelling Flat Classroom/NetGenEd Guidelines for Media Use While some of the following may still arguably be considered as qualifying under Fair Use in some instances, it is important to remember when participating in a project like this that we are utilizing a NING platform, similar to YouTube. Although not exact, NING has a Terms of Use Agreement that we all agree to abide by upon joining. NING reserves the right to remove anything they deem copyright infringement.Further, copyrighted material can cause a really fantastic video to lose out on a well-deserved award due to the inclusion of copyright especially music. Copyright May I use Copyrighted Material? If you are unsure how to determine if something is protected by Copyright, you can use this digital slider to help you.For our classroom purposes, you should NOT ever use mainstream, copyrighted music as background in any of your videos or digital stories. Fair Use Where does Fair Use come in? Was the Barack Obama "Hope" Poster fair use?

Read to Feed Helps Kids Learn to Love Reading As parents and schools gear up for the school year, Heifer International wants you to know about its special reading incentive program for grade-school kids. Read to Feed helps teachers impart an ethic of global giving to kids while also fostering their reading skills. With Read to Feed, kids get so excited about giving animals to help children in poverty, they may not even realize they're also helping themselves by reading more. Just like adults, kids are more enthusiastic about their efforts when they know they’re making a difference to others. In Read to Feed, children (individually or as a group) get sponsors for each book they read during a certain time period. The program even has a snazzy new online resource center that makes it easy for teachers to learn about the program and get their materials.

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