"Crucially, the outcome of being digitally fluent relates to issues of responsibility, equity and access. We all have the right to fully participate in a digitally-enabled education system and in an increasingly digitised society. If we work with fluency in the way we use technologies, we are able to keep ourselves safe online and take full advantage of life chance opportunities such as being able to apply for work, manage our finances, or be part of our local community).
“In the years ahead, digital fluency will become a prerequisite for obtaining jobs, participating meaningfully in society, and learning throughout a lifetime. (Resnick, 2002, p. 33) [via White, 2013]”
As more services — health, civil, safety, even voting — move online, it has never been more important to ensure citizens are not disenfranchised from accessing services that are central to the well-being of all."
What is 21st century literacy and how do we help students become better communicators?
Rebecca Alber says:
"In today's world, being literate requires much, much more than the traditional literacy of yesterday. According to the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), twenty-first century readers and writers need to:
Gain proficiency with tools of technology
Develop relationships with others and confront and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts
Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments"
For those comparing the FTC's stand against Facebook with Google Buzz, here is the Forbes article on the April 2011 Google Buzz settlement. We will have our Digiteen students looking at this material as they discuss privacy.
This person uses Google forms to collect sensitive student application data and didn't realize when she checked "share responses" that it would mean that the students could see what the other student's said. If you are a teacher using Google forms in the classroom, realize that you never check the box that says share answers when creating the form. What you do is share the spreadsheet behind the form to those who want to see the data.
If you're going to use Google Docs, make sure you train your staff or this could be you. Also teach your students who are using forms as well.
Some nice resources on creating a safe social network page. A document and an Interactive Whiteboard powerpoint file to use.
Common sense media has just released a new report "Zero to 8: Children's media use in America." Our students on Digiteen are reviewing this report for their research, maybe you should take a look too.
How to use your ipad and iphone screen to help you be more successful.
" * Rule 1: Remember the Human
* Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life
* Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace
* Rule 4: Respect other people's time and bandwidth
* Rule 5: Make yourself look good online
* Rule 6: Share expert knowledge
* Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control
* Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy
* Rule 9: Don't abuse your power
* Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes"
This page shows that things bookmarked digital_literacy through the group automatically go to the students in the project. The teachers (who all use diigo) just tag throughout the year to have things ready to go into the wiki when it is time for the project.
This is a great example of checking your facts. I teach students to always always confirm things they read on wikipedia with another credible source. Looks like newspapers are even less credible than we thought as some reporters need to learn to check their sources! Great article for digital citizenship discussions.
"The moral of this story is not that journalists should avoid Wikipedia, but that they shouldn't use information they find there if it can't be traced back to a reliable primary source," said the Guardian's readers' editor Siobhain Butterworth.
40 literacy blogs aggregated on one pageflake. This is a great example of the building of customized PLN's to help others understand the purpose of a PLN. If you're a librarian or working with literacy -- why not set this to be your start page - even for just a few days to see what happens. Or, even better - use your favorite rss reader and construct your own Personal learning network using many of these blogs.
Lisa thuman blogged about the recent changes to the Children Internet Protection Act (CIPA) -- to those people who have rejected social networking and chats -- you're required to "educate minors on appropriate online safety including cyberbulling and interacting with others on social networking sites and in chat rooms."
How are you going to do this without using safe alternatives and then coach them on it? This is REQUIRED in the US if you get erate funds.
Get out there and get busy -- time for pushback. Lisa Thuman's article on this is an excellent read.
I highly recommend that elementary and middle schools at least sign up for a school code for woogi world - this is a great tool suggested by Hoover City schools for teaching digital citizenship. My daughter (my intrepid tester of all kid virtual worlds) loves it and says she thinks it is great for kids.
Kevin Jarrett talks about his week at one of the leaders in innovative technology, suffern Middle School. An excellent read to see what this digital revolution is all about. Wow!
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