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ICT Digital Literacy

ICT Digital Literacy

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The continuum's ends My Australian friend Dr. Arthur Winzenried at Charles Stuart University in Wagga Wagga (voted 12 years running coolest name for a town in the entire world) and I have been commiserating about the diverse levels of expertise we encounter among those we teach. Arthur recently wrote: At CSU I teach Distance Ed and with all the technology issues decided on a bold approach by setting the group of Masters students (200 odd) the task of collaborating (in teams of 4) on a joint PowerPoint using only a wiki ... as their communication tool. The results are now in and the work is quite exceptional, but in their personal reflections, it showed that a significant number had never produced a PowerPoint before, let alone communicated via virtual chat, wiki etc. The group are essentially all working teacher-librarians in various parts of the world. My fussing was about teaching Web 2.0 tools to educators. Are our technologies bringing educators closer together?

AT Coalition | CforAT | CforAT Unlike existing resources, which are mostly geared for AT professionals, this resource is user friendly, even for people who don't know anything about AT at all. It is for people who are looking for AT themselves, as well as for Counselors, Human Resource Managers, ADA Coordinators, Librarians, Special Education Professionals - anyone who needs to get information about assistive technology. It's an information resource that gives users info on AT compatibility with broadband, and is responsive to user input and social content management. You can see the AT Coalition online resource by visiting the AT Coalition Website. Additionally, we are offering webinars on a variety of topics, including the importance of broadband to people with disabilities, and various AT-related topics.

20 Back to School Apps and Tools for Students It’s August, which means school is about to start for many high school and college students. You’ve all probably had a nice summer, but now it’s time to get back to pulling all-nighters, listening to boring professors, and attempting to learn something useful. A lot of you may be dreading school, but it doesn’t have to be all bad, especially if you’re prepared. Shmoop Shmoop Everybody knows about Sparknotes. Shmoop makes the summaries fun to read by adding bids of humor and making it relateable. LectureFox LectureFox School is the place to learn, but sometimes you can learn more online. Snapter Snapter Having a scanner is a great addition to your student arsenal, but they are way too expensive for the Top Ramen student. BookFinder BookFinder BookFinder may not look like much on first glance, but design isn’t everything. If you’re not interested in buying books and would like to rent or sell some, check out eCampus (previously covered in a roundup about saving money online) or Chegg.com. EasyBib

The liberty of the networked (1) | open Democracy News Analysis Does technology liberate or enslave? When Prometheus first started the industrial revolution, Zeus thought he had liberated humanity and should be punished for it. The tension between technology as empowering versus technology as sinister control continues. This long essay, to be published in parts, tries to make sense of the libero-genic hope and potential of computer and communications technology in a framework that also makes sense of the dangers. Contents1 Newspapers and railroads are solving the problem of bringing the democracy of England to vote, like that of Athens, simultaneously in one agora. John Stuart Mill, de Tocqueville on Democracy, 1840, p165. Will the technology optimists always be with us? When Mill hopes to bring Athens to England, he is pointing back to the basic dilemma of modernity expressed 30 years earlier by Benjamin Constant (Constant, 1816) in his analysis of the liberty of the ancients and the moderns. Avoid the top, encourage the bottom. Arguments and Forces

Top ten employability skills Based on a number of surveys on the skills required by graduates undertaken by Microsoft, Target Jobs, the BBC, Prospects, NACE and AGR and other organisations, here is our summary of the skills which were most often deemed important. The most important skills to develop in employees to drive company growth over the next five years were (according to the Flux Report by Right Management): Leadership skills 62% Management skills 62% Interpersonal skills 53% Innovation and creativity 45% Resilience 43% Technical/specialist skills 40% IT skills 40% Sales/marketing skills 32% Client management skills 24% Other/none of the above 4% Now continue to our other skills pages The Medium is Not the Literacy The term “digital literacy” is often invoked by technology cheerleaders and promoters as part of their “rapid change” mantra. Things are moving so fast, the argument goes, that we need 21st -century skills and digital classrooms, digital schools and digital frames of mind. They would have us believe that what we did last year, the year before and during the 90s, is now outmoded. Time for a literacy upgrade! The new model. Literacy Version 2.0. This pressure to adopt a digital lifestyle, a digital pedagogy and a digital mental set is often a thinly disguised marketing effort aimed at increasing sales of digital products and services at a time when telecommunications companies have overbuilt the bandwidth and are frustrated by low consumer demand. One network vendor at NECC 2002 was overheard pushing “rich media” – read “fat files” demanding big bandwidth and robust networking equipment. I. There are more than a dozen literacies. 2. 3. The same could be said for media literacy. 4.

The Best Tips and Tweaks for Getting the Most Out of Google Chrome Recently, we gathered the best tips and tweaks for Firefox. Google Chrome is another very popular browser, and we have collected some very useful tips and tricks for Google Chrome here. You’ll learn about built-in features and extensions for expanding Chrome’s functionality. Bookmarks and Toolbars Add the Home Button to the Toolbar By default, the Home button is not on the toolbar in Chrome. Show Only Icons on the Bookmarks Bar If you bookmark a lot of sites, wouldn’t it be helpful if you could displays the bookmarks on the toolbar as only favicons? NOTE: You can also list your existing bookmarks easily by entering “ (without the quotes) in the Omnibox and pressing Enter. Here are some additional tips about toolbars and bookmarks: Tabs Pin a Tab to the Tab bar You probably have sites that you visit every time you open Chrome. Open Multiple Websites When Chrome Starts Manage Many Tabs Easily You can also manage your tabs easily with the TooManyTabs extension. Omnibox/Search

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