How Teachers Use Technology: The Latest Research Back in 2011, I wrote a post about the "New Digital Divide." Based on Pew Research data from 2011, it was apparent that, while many previously marginalized populations now had more access to the Internet, these populations were accessing the Internet mostly through mobile devices, which are limiting, especially when trying to build and create online or access job applications or opportunities. Just this past week, Pew released a new study called How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms. It explores how teachers use the Internet for their own professional learning, with their students and for communicating with families. Who's Connected and Who Isn't As a member of a large online community of educators through Twitter and other social media outlets, I know how much of an impact the Internet has had on educators and their classrooms across the world. Same Old Digital Divide
How can we use Connected Learning principles to promote 21st century learning? : KQED Education | KQED Public Media for Northern CA You can respond to this Do Now using Twitter, G+, Instagram, or Vine. Be sure to include #TeachDoNow in your response. Follow us on Twitter at @KQEDedspace and join our Google+ Community. For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Click here to go back to the #TeachDoNow course Do Now How can we use Connected Learning principles to promote 21st century learning? Introduction Kids are learning everywhere. Clarissa is a 17-year-old aspiring screenwriter, growing up in a working-class household in the San Francisco Bay Area. This week we will examine the role of school in this larger context by working together as a community to explore physical learning spaces, course design and scheduling, assessment, learning activities, connections with the school community and the world, and other issues surrounding the design and implementation of 21st Century, Connected Learning Environments. Our driving design questions: Who are the students in our classrooms today? Resources More Resources
10 Awesome New Web Tools for Teachers As is usual here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, every two weeks, I share with you here a list of the most recently released web tools that might probably have some educational potential for your teaching and learning contexts. It's been 7 months ago since I added this section featuring lists of educational web tools to my blog. You can check it to view the lists I shared there so far.These lists are particularly created to help those of you who are busy and have no time left to go online and hunt for the new releases in the world of educational technology. What you see in these lists are web tools other edubloggers have reviewed in their websites and blogs. Check out what I have curated for you during the last couple of weeks and let me know what you think of them. Enjoy 1- Widbook An easy online platform to write books, share stories and add photos and video. Search by topic or exam. Silk is a place to publish your collections. 4- Tagboard 5- Shareor 6- Memofon 7- Wonderville
What Will It Take to Close the Adult Digital Literacy Gap? As new technology continues to emerge and evolve, the need for digital literacy in the American workforce becomes increasingly important. While employers’ expectations for technology proficiency were once reserved for professionals trained in information technology, many industries now require prospective employees to demonstrate basic computer skills, such as word processing, spreadsheets, and effective web search, just to get in the door. While this shift has created new opportunities for hundreds of thousands of workers, those who lack sufficient training and experience in these areas are overlooked. Almost eight in ten middle-skill jobs, which are defined as those that require less than a college degree but more than a high school degree, now require basic digital literacy skills. These jobs represent 39% of the overall U.S. job market, and can often serve as a vehicle for upward economic mobility.
Seven Elements of Digital Literacy for Adult Learners - EdTech Center @ World Education by Jamie Harris, Adult Education Program Specialist at the Maryland Department of Labor There are terms we often hear, buzzwords, that are used everywhere, and we know those words are of importance. These terms are so frequent that we may even pepper them into our conversations, even if we do not fully understand what the term means. Digital literacy is one of those terms – it is a buzzword used in law, curriculum, and professional development, but it can be evasive in meaning. Does it only mean one’s ability to work with all things digital at a basic level? Does it only mean focusing on a user’s proficiency in using digital applications such as word processors and spreadsheets? Digital literacy is defined by the International Museum and Library Services Act of 2010 as, “the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills” . Technical Civic Communicative Collaborative
Digital Literacy Initiatives | Adult Education and Literacy | U.S. Department of Education The U. S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL) funds digital literacy initiatives to enable adult learners to succeed in a range of academic activities, including STEM and college and career readiness. These initiatives enhance the integration of technology into instruction, increase student access to technology and leverage learning outside the classroom. Resources for Students LINCS Learner Center lists free resources to help adult students learn English, improve reading and math, and explore jobs and new careers. Resources for Teachers and Tutors Helping Learners Problem Solve Using Technology-Rich Environments webinar focuses on resources for adult learners and how digital literacy and access to technology can be improved through a project-based approach. Resources for Programs
How to Support Digital Literacy in Adult Learners The glare of a smartphone first thing in the morning is an all too familiar picture for many adults. Often our first instinct is to reach for the little device to help us navigate through our days: to provide a weather update, outline our calendars, give us a news rundown, and connect us with others. In a typical day, the average adult spends around 11 hours per day looking at screens, including smartphones, computers, and tablets, often without even realizing it. But what skills do adults need to effectively navigate digital spaces? Understanding Graphics, Digital Interfaces, and Online Reproduction Skills Researchers have deeply explored digital literacy in recent years, with many different frameworks for skills and strategies emerging. Reading Online: Branching and Critical Evaluation Skills Also vital to digital literacy is the ability to comprehend digital texts, which differs from traditional paper-based reading. Real-time Thinking Skills Social and Emotional Skills
blog.edmentum Adult education programs are multifaceted and cater to a complex demographic cross-section of their communities. They may serve individuals learning English, improving their job skills, completing their high school diploma or GED®, or preparing for various college and career pathways. These groups of learners are not only arriving with unique learning needs but also are bringing with them challenges from the real world, such as transportation, childcare, and financial obligations. Given these diverse and complex situations, how can we address adult learners and keep them engaged? There are three key areas we can focus on: Using data for action and responsivenessAdapting the instructional landscapeIntegrating community services with skills The starting point here is data. For an example of how we can focus on these three areas of learner engagement, let’s explore a scenario where a learner consistently shows up for daytime classes but has a great deal of absences for night classes.
7 Characteristics Of A Digitally Competent Teacher 7 Characteristics Of A Digitally Competent Teacher by TeachThought Staff We’ve mused in the past on the kinds of things teachers might be expected to do with technology in the classroom, what they should be able to do with an iPad (assuming they have iPads), We’ve talked about the elements of a digital classroom, ways to share large files, and store and share files on the iPad as well. The following infographic from dailygenius.com makes sense, then, in that context of being able to sketch out what might be required of a digitally-savvy and competent teacher. 1. If you can shop online, you can teach online. 2. Digital isn’t everything–you know that. 3. You can find digital tools, and so can your students. 4. You can use email and social media with ease. 5. You’re a sound judge of the quality of digital information, apps, and tools. 6. You treat personal data with the respect that it deserves. 7. You know how to behave online appropriately, legally, and in socially responsible ways.
Innovative Digital Learning - EdTech Center @ World Education By Alison Ascher Webber This week I facilitated an all-star panel organized by the Migration Policy Institute to showcase innovative program models that leverage educational technologies to train hard-to-reach adults and extend learning beyond classroom walls. As the panel was for the National Immigrant Integration Conference, the models presented were designed for different immigrant demographics and largely included ESL instruction. The structures for incorporating digital learning into programs are relevant to training in any topic. Given that programs varied from 100% digital learning (with no in-person instruction) to primarily face-to-face instruction (with digital tools used to personalize & extend instruction), I designed the accompanying chart to illustrate the range of models. Leaders of California’s Mobile Up! Learner Characteristics: Key Factors to Success: Other Key Questions: How to build a Community of Learning with peer support and peer learning?