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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.” 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 Administrators often tell me they cannot meet new digital literacy requirements because they cannot add a “digital literacy” course or requirement. For example, when my students do research in US History, they are not only allowed but encouraged to use online content. Related:  digital

Social Media in Education: Resource Roundup Creating Social Media Guidelines A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom, by Vicki Davis (2014) Davis, in the first half of a pro-and-con discussion about social media in the classroom, positions it as a vital life skill and provides 12 positive examples of classroom use. For the second half of the discussion, read this post by Ben Johnson: "Too Much Technology and Not Enough Learning?" The Digital Lives of Teens: What Time Is It? Now! by Matt Levinson (2013) In this first installment of his Digital Lives of Teens series, Levinson considers the problem of translating the teenage urgency of 'always on' into the mindfulness of 'being present.' Back to Top Student Engagement With Social Media Tweeting the Read-Aloud: Engaging and Motivating Readers, by Monica Burns (2014) Engage young readers by showing them the value of composing and sending tweets to authors whose books they've enjoyed during a read-aloud. Selecting Social-Media Tools Home, School, and Community Connections

Encyclopedia of Earth Hip Hop Lit & Culture: An example Published Online: June 20, 2016 Drawing upon her interest in hip-hop, teacher Lauren Leigh Kelly created “Hip-Hop Literature and Culture,” an English course in which students discuss hip-hop texts—including songs, films, and music videos—to explore constructions of gender, race and self. —Mark Abramson for Education Week By Elisha McNeil With new academic standards ratcheting up literacy expectations, many teachers are looking for ways to engage students more deeply in writing and reading assignments. Lauren Leigh Kelly, an English teacher at Half Hollow Hills High School West in Dix Hills, N.Y., and an adjunct English instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University, has found that incorporating rap and hip-hop culture into the literacy curriculum can help connect instruction to students’ individual backgrounds and foster their interest in writing. Kelly’s Long Island school has a student body of approximately 1,500–40 percent of whom are students of color. Textual Analysis Web Only

Classroom Management and the Flipped Class Editor's Note:This post was co-authored by Aaron Sams, CEO of Sams Learning Designs, LLC and founding member of the Flipped Learning Network. Let's face it. We teachers spend far too much time and energy trying to keep students quiet so that they can listen to us. We have taken countless courses and workshops on classroom management in our careers, and it seems that the underpinning goal of classroom management is for teachers to keep kids quiet so that they can learn. Is there a better way to think about classroom management? What if the goal of class was for the students to actively engage in the content and participate in tangible ways in the learning process? Noise Is Good As we pioneered the flipped class, we got away from the front of the room and got a whole different perspective on what classroom management could look like. As we did this, the dynamics of the classroom dramatically changed. But, as with any change, we found some new challenges. 4 New Management Issues

Project, Problem, and Inquiry-Based Learning What are problem, project, and inquiry based learning? How are these approaches alike and different? How do I choose the best approach for my technology-rich classroom? A project-based approach is enjoyable for everyone involved. Read Start With the Pyramid from Edutopia. Explore the Approaches Project-based learning, problem-based learning, and inquiry-based learning all three closely relate to the information processing approach. Read Introducing Project-Based Learning from Edutopia. Be sure to read all eight pages. Project-based Learning An approach to learning focusing on developing a product or creation. Problem-based Learning An approach to learning focusing on the process of solving a problem and acquiring knowledge. Explore the following websites as needed for more information: Inquiry-based Learning A student-centered, active learning approach focusing on questioning, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Information Inquiry for Teachers Inquiry-based Learning. The "Best" Approach

In the News: Leg Up or Catch Up? Wealthier Students Use Summer School to Get a Step Ahead Summer school has become a place where some students do remedial work to make up an “F” grade while other students take advanced classes to get ahead. AS UCLA education researcher John Rogers explains in a story on KPCC This is the result of an academic arms race in the state, in which the public university system “has increasingly raised the demands for admission so students across the broad system are looking to see how they can position themselves competitively for that system.” To combat what they refer to as the summer school achievement gap, the story explains, educators in less affluent areas are trying to create more summer programs that are not remedial. For instance, in Long Beach About 8,000 students there are taking summer school — the vast majority are there to make up low grades in academic classes. What about a more radical way of combatting the expansion of the achievement gap over the summer? As Matt Chingos notes – Education Next H/T: This Week in Education

Cyberbullying Toolkit An Anti-Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators This free toolkit has the resources schools need to take an effective stand against cyberbullying. Rely on it to start your year off right. Each occurrence of cyberbullying hurts students, disrupts classrooms, and impacts your school's culture and community. So how should you handle it? What are the right things to do and say? Even with the best, most proactive intentions to reduce the risks associated with cyberbullying, there will always be times where something does occur. Download our Cyberbullying Response Flowchart.Better understand how your school can activate student compassion to help stop cyberbullying with No Bully.Make sure your students have access to help when they need it the most with the Crisis Text Line Flyers. In partnership with No Bully We have highlighted our cyberbullying lessons for each grade level, along with giving you everything you need to teach engaging lessons for your classroom around this topic. Grades K-5 Lessons

Navigating the online information maze: should students trust Wikipedia? Being literate used to be about knowing how to read. In the 21st century it also means knowing how to negotiate through the torrent of information coming at you from all directions. Information Fatigue Syndrome, or “Infoglut” is a defining issue of modern life. Information literacy to digital literacy Educators have been teaching information literacy skills to students for many decades: learning to read, how to use libraries etc. Digital information literacy skills have already been recognised as essential for study and for students’ future employability. Academia has long discouraged students from using general search engines like Google and crowd-sourced information resources like Wikipedia for their assignments. The crowd-sourcing review practices of Wikipedia, though criticised for favouring rapid turnaround over reliability, are forcing educators to reconsider the value and credibility of digital resources, or at least to rethink their attitude towards them.

“American English” Site From U.S. Department Of State Has Developed Into Great Resource For ELL Teachers Four years ago, the U.S. Department of State unveiled American English, a site for teachers and learners of the English language. I was not impressed at the time. However, things have changed over the past few years. It’s turned into a treasure trove of free resources, a YouTube channel and a Facebook page with nearly 3 million “likes.” I need to spend more time exploring the site, but it’s certainly a candidate to join The Best Three Sites On The Web For ESL/EFL/ELL/ELT Teachers list. Related Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL Two years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention. September 26, 2015 In "ESL Web" Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL Three years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

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