Next Big Sound Digital Literacy in the primary classroom Image courtesy of Doug Belshaw I've been following the work on Digital Literacy by Doug Belshaw for just over 2 years and I'm still getting my head round what it means to be digitally literate. Two years ago Doug published a post which really grabbed my interest in which he outlined his 8 elements of Digital Literacy as part of his thesis. I am reproducing these below (all rights belong to Doug). Cultural [Cu]Cognitive [Cg]Constructive [Cn]Communication [Co]Confidence [Cf]Creative [Cr]Critical [Ct]Civic [Ci] Now, I wouldn't be the teacher I am if I wasn't on the lookout for a resource that could be used in my classroom. So what is Digital Literacy? Futurelab, an organisation 'committed to developing creative and innovative approaches to education, teaching and learning', gives the following definition in its publication Digital Literacy across the curriculum, So how do these 8 elements fit into a primary classroom? Let's not use the word fit here. Cultural - Look at your class, your school.
Frontload Your Lessons with Social Media Written by Mark Brumley At a recent education conference I discussed a simple yet powerful strategy…frontload your lessons with social media. Here’s how it works. First of all, you need some way for your students to communicate online (or via texting). Next, introduce a topic that will be discussed the next day and assign an online discussion as homework. Go to this URL and have an online discussion. The topic that always comes up is what to do about chat-speak and other bad online grammar. Finally, you need to assess whether or not the classroom discussions are more meaningful with the frontloading the night before. This concept may seem simple but the results I have seen are amazing. Mark Brumley (112 Posts) Mark Brumley is an educational technology leader, presenter and founder of Teach Amazing, who has lived and worked around the globe in his commitment to provide authentic learning experiences to enhance the education of 21st Century learners.
How to Market Your Freelance Writing Website so That Potential Clients Find You and Fall Over Backward to Hire You In last week’s Wealthy Web Writer e-letter, I shared a blueprint you can use when developing content for your professional freelance writing website. Just to recap, a professional website is one of the most powerful marketing tools you can have. It builds your credibility, helps you make contacts, and gives you an automatic way to build and nurture relationships with both clients and prospects. This week, as promised, I’m going to show you how to turn your website into a client magnet. How to Establish an Ongoing Relationship With Your Prospects and Clients There’s really no secret when it comes to establishing ongoing relationships with your website visitors. Start up an e-letter (or e-newsletter) — Adding a subscription box to your site and then sending out an e-letter is one of the first strategies you should consider. Marketing Your Site Once you have your site up and running, the next step is to attract traffic. Add your site URL to: Customer Convenience Pages A Few Final Tips
Understanding the Minor Differences Between Google Drive and Dropbox While perusing the headlines and posts detailing today's release of Google Drive, Google's cloud-based storage service, many compare the service the another popular cloud storage service, Dropbox. Google drive "will present a big threat to dropbox" writes Gizmodo's Leslie Horn contradicting The Next Web's headline "Don't Call it a Dropbox Killer." All that death talk is just punditry. Cloud storage technology probably can't kill, anyway. But, Drive provides an alternative, even providing some things Dropbox does not. Basic Functionality Dropbox: From the Dropbox site: "Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. " And that's basically it, as the video on the site explains. Google Drive: Same idea, Google Drive allows users to store their stuff in the cloud, meaning they can get it anywhere and share it with other Google Drive users across the Internet. Here's a different video on how it works. Price Service Draws Look
Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons, as they apply to Education As we studied this topic in an online course I’m taking, I realized how little I understood it, and figured I wasn’t alone in that regard. After studying this topic in the “Implementing Instructional Technology Innovations” course I am taking online at UW-Stout with instructor Ann Bell, I wanted to understand it even better, since I struggled with it in the fast paced course as we covered it. I have to imagine that I am not alone in my confusion over how I can or can’t use copyrighted materials, especially in education, where there are some special allowances. I assume that when instructors want to know what they can or cannot do with copyrighted materials, they may often have a hard time figuring it out. I really wanted to understand the topic and provide resources to help others do the same. Using Copyrighted Materials - “Fair Use” Readers, click here if you would like to view a video blog entry for this article. Creative Commons Creative Commons is an extension of Copyright.
Coaching a Surgeon: What Makes Top Performers Better? I’ve been a surgeon for eight years. For the past couple of them, my performance in the operating room has reached a plateau. I’d like to think it’s a good thing—I’ve arrived at my professional peak. But mainly it seems as if I’ve just stopped getting better. During the first two or three years in practice, your skills seem to improve almost daily. It’s not about hand-eye coördination—you have that down halfway through your residency. Say you’ve got a patient who needs surgery for appendicitis. Even before you start, you need to make some judgments. Once you have the little organ in view, you may find that appendicitis was the wrong diagnosis. Over time, you learn how to head off problems, and, when you can’t, you arrive at solutions with less fumbling and more assurance. As I went along, I compared my results against national data, and I began beating the averages. Maybe this is what happens when you turn forty-five. It wouldn’t have been the first time I’d hit a plateau.
60 Awesome Search Engines for Serious Writers June 20th, 2010 Finding the information you need as a writer shouldn’t be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of search engines out there that are designed to help you at any stage of the process, from coming up with great ideas to finding a publisher to get your work into print. Both writers still in college and those on their way to professional success will appreciate this list of useful search applications that are great from making writing a little easier and more efficient. Professional Find other writers, publishers and ways to market your work through these searchable databases and search engines. Writing These helpful tools will help you along in the writing process. Research Try out these tools to get your writing research done in a snap. Google Scholar: With this specialized search engine from Google, you’ll only get reliable, academic results for your searches.WorldCat: If you need a book from the library, try out this tool. Reference Need to look up a quote or a fact? Niche Writers
Chromebooks Gaining Popularity in Schools | Chromebook Blog Rajen Sheth noted in his Jan. 25th FETC keynote that Google’s Chromebooks are rapidly gaining momentum in the schools of the nation. In fact, he relayed that hundreds of schools in 41 states across the US are using one or more classroom sets of Chromebooks to educate students. Sheth, Group Product Manager for Chromebooks, said that three new school districts in Iowa, Illinois and South Carolina are going 1-to-1, which means one Chromebook each for nearly 27,000 students. In a Google blog post, we learn that Council Bluffs Community School District in Iowa is planning to provide a Chromebook for all 2,800 students in their two high schools and will use an additional 1,500 Chomebooks in their two middle schools. David Fringer, Executive Director, Information Systems at Council Bluffs comments: “We are teaching content not technology, and Chromebooks simply support teachers in what they do best while giving students the resources they need to be productive citizens.
Connecting Literacy Skill Development to the 21st Century When we were in high school and college, we learned how to use the Dewey decimal system, note cards, microfiche, and setting the margins in an electric typewriter. We were the last generation of students that actually pounded out papers and research on an electric typewriter and actually memorized the abbreviated guide in the Periodic Guide of Literature as a means to save time. The embodiment of a “good” student in our generation was the ability to ferret out morsels of information that were buried in the library shelves and microfiche drawers. This took an exceptional amount of time. How to engage students in your curriculum before class even begins. How to use classroom management to prioritize your teaching tasks. Top ways to help you make the most of the technology in the classroom that's... How to use teaching strategies that praise the process students put into their... Teacher-tested classroom management organizational strategies to get you... Start small and build. Blogs Google Docs