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Sam Gliksman

Sam Gliksman's Public Library

  • All games facilitate some kind of learning. Even games that are not meant to be educational teach kids something
  • They gamify learning by replacing grades with levels and merit badges.
  • gamification manifests when teachers create project-based units where completion, or the demonstration of mastery, is what allows the student to move on.

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  • Digital literacy is defined as “the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate, and create information using a range of digital technologies.”
  • We need to ensure that they know how to evaluate a website, a blog post, a tweet, a Facebook entry. These evaluative skills transfer cross curricularly and prepare students for the broader world of online communication.
  • In our emerging digital world, a new medium of exchange has developed: online engagement, especially via social media. Effectively engaging online requires a myriad of skills that we strive to foster in school – effective written communication, brevity and civility. These components are often highlighted in Digital Citizenship programs, but in tradition-bound K12 education, we often deride social media as trite or ineffective.

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  • schools are stuck in the past: The emphasis has been on feeding children static information and rewarding them for doing only what they’re told, instead of helping them develop the transferable, higher-order skills they need to become life-long learners and thrive in an uncertain future.
  • Research has confirmed what most parents of young children can already see for themselves — that children are born to learn, rather than to be taught, as Abbott puts it.
  • Driven by an inborn desire to make sense of the world and find purpose in life, they naturally observe, deconstruct, piece together and create their own knowledge. They learn best when this intrinsic motivation is harnessed in what he calls “highly challenging but low-threat environments.”

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  • Open Reflection – How many times do we actually just sit down and take time to reflect on what we have learned?
  • Instead of simply dumping information into our brains, we have to take time to think about what we are learning and make meaningful connections.
  • Developing Literacy with Different Mediums

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