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Developing students' digital literacy

Developing students' digital literacy
The issue Even today’s students need support with some areas of digital practice, particularly in an academic context, so it’s important to make sure that these needs are met. While employability is an obvious driver, developing students who can learn and thrive in a digital society is a key role for universities and colleges. We define digital literacies as the capabilities which fit someone for living, learning and working in a digital society. To help with thinking about this, we have outlined seven elements of digital literacy for consideration, which can be seen in the following diagram. What you can do Below, we've summarised some of the steps you can take to improve your students' digital literacy. Review your support for digital literacies An audit is a good way of finding out who’s already working in this area and starting productive conversations with staff. Link to other key priorities Create a buzz In any large organisation there will be all sorts of interesting digital practice.

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Why I Became a Connected Educator A couple of weeks ago, Samer Rabadi, Edutopia's Community Manager, started this discussion on the Community Bulletin Board: "What Does It Mean to Be a Connected Educator?" He observed that, for many of us, becoming connected educators has transformed our lives. I would certainly agree with that! The Lure of Cyberspace

Intute: Encouraging Critical Thinking Online Encouraging Critical Thinking Online is a set of free teaching resources designed to develop students' analytic abilities, using the Web as source material. Two units are currently available, each consisting of a series of exercises for classroom or seminar use. Students are invited to explore the Web and find a number of sites which address the selected topic, and then, in a teacher-led group discussion, to share and discuss their findings. The exercises are designed so that they may be used either consecutively to form a short course, or individually.

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DL staff development materials ssional development materials emerging from the JISC Developing Digital Literacies (DDL) programme. All are freely available for use and reuse under a Creative Commons license and many can also be edited and adapted for your own needs. Jisc Resources Obama: We Need to 'Yank Our Schools into the 21st Century' More than 100 school superintendents from across the country gathered at the White House on Wednesday, joined online by hundreds more, to digitally sign a pledge affirming their commitment to the ConnectED initiative. ConnectED began in 2013 as a plan to get 99 percent of classrooms high-speed Internet access by 2018. President Barack Obama started his speech Wednesday at the ConnectED to the Future Convening by saying there are still many obstacles to overcome.

For Low-Income Kids, Access to Devices Could Be the Equalizer No device should ever be hailed as the silver bullet in “saving” education — nor should it be completely shunned — but when it comes to the possibility of bridging the digital divide between low-income and high-income students, devices may play a pivotal role. Access to the Internet connects kids to all kinds of information — and for low-income students especially, that access has the power to change their social structure by allowing them to become empowered and engaged, said Michael Mills, a professor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Arkansas during a SXSWEdu session last week. “For minorities and for low-income students who have these devices, it might be their only way to access the Internet, to get information about their own health, access to social media,” he said. “And they’re using that as the agent to change their social structure.” “The Internet is about empowerment.

'My iPad has Netflix, Spotify, Twitter – everything': why tablets are killing PCs Stephen Bernasconi walked into Trafford shopping centre on 25 November intending to buy a laptop for £800 or so. His three-year-old Dell Inspiron had broken down and he wanted something to keep up with gaming. Instead, the 23-year-old walked out of PC World with an iPad Air. Developing digital literacies Digital literacies are those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society. Digital literacy looks beyond functional IT skills to describe a richer set of digital behaviours, practices and identities. What it means to be digitally literate changes over time and across contexts, so digital literacies are essentially a set of academic and professional situated practices supported by diverse and changing technologies. This definition quoted above can be used as a starting point to explore what key digital literacies are in a particular context eg university, college, service, department, subject area or professional environment. Digital literacies encompasses a range of other capabilities represented here in a seven elements model: Digital literacy as a developmental process

When We'll Know If #edtech Is Working When We’ll Know If #edtech Is Working by Terry Heick At one point, email seemed like magic. And here we are, nearly 30 years after its inception, still watching the magic act, but numb to what it’s done to communication. It’s hard not to take technology for granted–especially digital technology, a field that makes a spectacle of itself by design–tolerance levels and all. It always takes more.

The Invisible Web: A Beginners Guide to the Web You Don't See By Wendy Boswell Updated June 02, 2016. What is the Invisible Web? The term "invisible web" mainly refers to the vast repository of information that search engines and directories don't have direct access to, like databases. Unlike pages on the visible Web (that is, the Web that you can access from search engines and directories), information in databases is generally inaccessible to the software spiders and crawlers that create search engine indexes. 5 of the Top Emerging Technology Trends of 2014 In a recent study, technology research firm Gartner identified a number of top technology trends emerging in 2014, with the potential to have a significant impact on enterprises over the next three years. David Cearley, a vice president at the firm, said there is a “Nexus of Forces” made up of social, mobile, cloud and information technologies, which are converging and creating demand for “advanced programmable infrastructure that can execute at Web-scale.” Here are 5 of the top trends Gartner identified: Mobile Device Diversity and Management The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon is a new reality in the workplace.

Full guide Make institutional systems easy to access Easy and secure access to institutional networks and wireless local area networks (Wi-Fi) are generally available at most institutions although these do not always work as seamlessly as students would like. Institutions should endeavour to provide these free of charge and with sufficient bandwidth and coverage to extend to all areas of the campus and halls of residence. Wi-Fi as a basic digital entitlement The common use of online platforms as a means of making information and resources more widely available means that free Wi-Fi is considered a basic entitlement by many students. The growth in use of tablet computers, mobile phones and other portable and personal technologies requires institutions to make their systems and content accessible to a wider variety of devices.

What Technology Does What: An #edtech Chart For Teachers What Technology Does What: The Ultimate #edtech Chart For Teachers by TeachThought Staff Okay, we’ve had this post half-finished for long enough that some of the apps we had here are no longer relevant, so we figured it was probably time to go ahead and publish it even if we couldn’t figure out the best way to format it. This is what we hope will be an ongoing collection of the most effective ways to use technology in the classroom. We’d like to see it crowdsourced, so we may convert it to a public document/wiki-type file at some point. We’ll also try to add to it ourselves as technology suggests itself that we haven’t considered (or just plain forgot about).