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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum
So how are we doing on the push to teach “digital literacy” across the K12 school spectrum? From my perspective as a school-based technology coach and history teacher, I’d say not as well as we might wish – in part because our traditional approach to curriculum and instruction wants to sort everything into its place. Digital literacy is defined as “the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate, and create information using a range of digital technologies.” Many educational and business professional cite is as a critical 21st century skill. Even so, many schools have struggled to adapt it into their curriculum. This is often because most institutions already have rigorous, established curricula with little wiggle room – and this is especially true in schools subject to state and federal testing. Evaluating online content is a research skill For example, when my students do research in US History, they are not only allowed but encouraged to use online content.

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What The Data Says About Students' 21st Century Readiness What The Data Says About Students’ 21st Century Readiness 21st century skills is a term that’s been bandied about for over a decade now. Loosely, it refers to the creative and technology-based skills students are increasingly required to demonstrate to use information in the real world. Connected Learning and Digital Literacy ~ Connectivism ~ A word which I’d never encountered before three weeks ago. A theory which is beginning to make sense to me. An area I’m growing my confidence in. This is my current understanding of what it means: Connectivism is the next evolution of the learning “-isms”: behaviourism, cognitivism, constructivism.

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently assessed 770 seventh graders in two states to study these areas, the results definitely got our attention. Unfortunately, over 70 percent of their responses suggested that: Middle school students are more concerned with content relevance than with credibility. They rarely attend to source features such as author, venue or publication type to evaluate reliability and author perspective.

Futurelab - Resources Archive - Publications, reports & articles - VISION magazine - Let's get personal: what does personalised learnin Most of us would like to think we've come a long way from the kinds of educational practices satirised by Dickens 150 years ago, which leave no scope at all for children's creativity, imagination or interests. Yet the journey from an education system that views children as empty vessels waiting to be filled with facts to one that acknowledges children's individuality has been a bumpy one: progressive educational trends have often been followed by a resounding backlash. Today, however, the thinking of Government and leading educationalists is dominated by what may turn out to be a truly radical idea: personalised learning. Digital literacy: How it affects teaching practices and networked learning futures - a proposal for action research Digital literacy: How it affects teaching practices and networked learning futures - a proposal for action research Leigh Blackall Leigh Blackall is an experienced educator with a background in secondary and vocational education and training, based in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales Australia.

Imagine » Winners of the Microsoft Partners in Learning U.S. Forum REDMOND, Wash. — Aug. 2, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today announced 16 educators from California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Texas and Washington have been selected as winners of the Partners in Learning U.S. Forum. The annual event recognizes innovative teachers and school leaders who creatively and effectively use technology in their curriculum to help improve the way kids learn and increase student success. 3 Knowledge Domains For The 21st Century Student Thinking in the 21st century is just different. That doesn’t mean we’re all suddenly omnipotent cyborgs, nor does it mean we’ve all become mindless social media addicts that spend our cognitive might tapping, swiping, and drooling on our smartphone and tablet screens. But just as the 19th century presented unique challenges to information processing than the 18th or 20th, the 21st century is different than the one before, or that the one that will come after. recently released the following graphic that I thought was interesting, mainly in that it identified knowledge types for modern learning, settling on Foundational, Humanistic, and Meta Knowledge. 3 Knowledge Domains For The 21st Century Student 1.

6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? Saying to students, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes—no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding—they’re just left blowing in the wind. Let’s start by agreeing that scaffolding a lesson and differentiating instruction are two different things. Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum – Know your web – Good to Know – Google At Google we believe in the power of education and the promise of technology to improve the lives of students and educators -- leading the way for a new generation of learning in the classroom and beyond. But no matter what subject you teach, it is important for your students to know how to think critically and evaluate online sources, understand how to protect themselves from online threats from bullies to scammers, and to think before they share and be good digital citizens. Google has partnered with child safety experts at iKeepSafe, and also worked with educators themselves to develop lessons that will work in the classroom, are appropriate for kids, and incorporate some of the best advice and tips that Google's security team has to offer. Class 1: Become an Online Sleuth In this class, students will identify guidelines for evaluating the credibility of content online.

Critical Thinking Teaching Guide Critical thinking is more than a classroom skill; it is a thought process that helps people throughout their entire life. Microsoft's guide on teaching critical thinking through Web research skills, along with the many excellent educator community resources it includes, can help you better teach critical thinking skills as part of your existing curriculum. These materials can help you teach students how to ask the right questions, to think for themselves, to research subjects more effectively, and ascertain the validity and reliability of information skills that will be critical to their future success in the connected 21st century digital world. Like21 1st of 5 chapters: This instructional video was created from the Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking for Children by the Foundation for Critical Thinking. This is the introduction to the series, which teaches the concepts of fair-minded critical thinking to children.

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