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Digital Literacy Fundamentals

Digital Literacy Fundamentals
Introduction Today’s youth are often called ‘digital natives’ by adults because of the seemingly effortless way they engage with all things digital. It’s easy to see why: Canadian youth live in an interactive, “on demand” digital culture where they are used to accessing media whenever and wherever they want. Instant-messaging, photo sharing, texting, social networking, video-streaming, and mobile Internet use are all examples where youth have led the charge in new ways of engaging online. But this enthusiasm masks a potential problem: although young people don’t need coaxing to take up Internet technologies and their skills quickly improve relative to their elders, without guidance they remain amateur users of information and communications technology (ICT), which raises concerns about a generation of youth who are not fully digitally literate, yet are deeply immersed in cyberspace. A basic question, then, is what exactly is digital literacy? What is Digital Literacy? Digital Literacy Model

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Media Literacy Fundamentals What is Media Literacy? Media are powerful forces in the lives of youth. Music, TV, video games, magazines and other media all have a strong influence on how we see the world, an influence that often begins in infancy. Programs and Initiatives > Copyright > Copyright Information for Teachers Copyright in schools has changed Make sure you're in the know... Did you know that teachers can use “short excerpts” of copyright-protectedworks in their lessons? Did you know that, as a teacher, if you fail to follow the Fair Dealing Guidelines,you are at risk of copyright infringement – and you, your school, and your schoolboard can be held responsible for damages?

7 Reasons Why Digital Literacy is Important for Teachers - Blog Share on social: The meaning of "digital literacy" has shifted over the years. While there was a time when job candidates were encouraged to list "Proficient at Microsoft Word" on their resume, now such skills are considered standard. This shift toward a technologically savvy workforce has permeated the classroom as well. It makes sense to assume that the more digitally literate our teachers are, the more they'll employ these skills in the classroom, which will in turn foster a strong sense of digital citizenship in our students. Inside the classroom, outside the box! ” The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” By Albert Einstein I had one of those days recently when I went down the internet rabbit hole and got lost.

Howard Gardner, GoodPlay Project Explore Ethical Decision-Making Online Earlier this fall, Howard Gardner of the Harvard Graduate School of Education led a panel of experts, teens, teachers, and students in a town hall discussion, “Shaping Our Digital World: You Have the Power” at Brookline High School. The discussion focused on the ethical decisions that arise for today’s youth while growing up online. Panelists also encouraged youth to actively change the ‘digital world’ they live in. Digital Literacy Definition and Resources What is Digital Literacy? The ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information. 1The ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers. 2 A person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment... Literacy includes the ability to read and interpret media, to reproduce data and images through digital manipulation, and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments. 3 What is a Digital Learning Librarian? The Digital Learning Librarian at the University of Illinois works collaboratively with librarians and faculty to create tools that help to integrate the library into the teaching and learning process. One result is the creation of online resources that focus on infusing library and information skills with instructional technology to help individuals obtain digital literacy.

Instructions As we begin the 3rd week of the our Classroom Creative Challenge, we would like to pause for a moment to highlight the school images displayed in our Book Channel at the top of the post, share a story illustrating one approach to completing the creative challenge, and collect some feedback from participants to get the most out of the learning. We also want to give busy students and teachers some time to catch up or join us. This project gets better with a lot of participation! It is clear now that the most important task for this challenge is to share an interactive image of your school, and then build on that by participating in additional challenges as time allows. 3 Big Rules Your Kids May Be Breaking Online For those of us who grew up with dial-up modems, it can be hard to understand what the digital age is like for today's kids. Access to information is literally at their fingertips. But easy access reduces the time it takes to think through your actions -- and makes it easier to do not-so-great things.