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Robin Ricketts

What to Do When A Potential Employer Asks for Your Facebook Password - 1 views

Lorri Carroll

We owe it to our kids! « Lorri's Blog - 2 views

    Digital Citizenship Presentation to Middle School
Nicole Lakusta

MNet Blog - 1 views

    Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III report summary
danielle spencer

Blah blah blah life long learning blah blah blah | Dangerously Irrelevant | Big Think - 3 views

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      we need to show that we are learners too!  luv it!
George Couros

Can Text Messages Really Help Kids Spell? - ABC News - 5 views

  • For many teachers and parents, those text abbreviations may spell the end of literacy as we know it, but a growing body of research indicates that text messages can actually help students' ability to spell.
    • George Couros
      Talking about the importance of texting to literacy.
  • Though research on the subject is still emerging, experts say that part of the perception problem may just have to do with the dynamics of change.

    "Basically what you have is a small line of research showing that texting helps people read and helps them write, both, and then you have a lot of anecdotes and anxiety," said Kathleen Blake Yancey, the Kellogg W. Hunt professor of English at Florida State University. "That's basically it."

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  • "Sometimes, there's an assumption that kids are more stupid than they actually are, to be quite blunt, and it's just not the case," said Clare Wood, a senior lecturer in the psychology department at Coventry University in the U.K. "Their use of the texting abbreviations everyone gets so worried about, they're not hurting your kids' literacy development. They actually seem to be helping it."
    From my personal experience, I believe text messaging can help kids with their writing. My 15 year old son has a pretty severe learning disability and struggles immensely with writing and spelling. Text messaging on his iPhone has been a Godsend. With corrective type he has much less anxiety to write (and feel embarrassed about his poor spelling), and with the short nature of text messaging he is far more willing to actually write to his friends. It may be 50 short lines, but it's 50 lines of writing every day which, in my mind, can only help. Obviously he needs help learning to organize his writing, but texting has given him a new, motivating outlet to write. I realize this article may point less to corrective type and more to kids thinking of the text abbreviations to type, but I feel corrective type may be one of the most effective assistive technologies in kids hands today.
Judy O'Connell

Student Blogging Activity 3 (Beginner) - Teaching Quality Commenting | Teacher Challenge - 2 views

  • One of the main reasons I blog with my students in to provide an authentic avenue for developing their literacy skills. Over 2010, I documented the improvements in my students literacy skills which you can read about here. When you invest the time in teaching, modelling, revising and promoting high quality writing of comments, students can make great gains in their overall literacy development.
    "Comments really make blogs come alive and transform your blog from a static space to an interactive community."
Judy O'Connell

Transliteracy for Librarians wiki - 2 views

    • transliteracy is potentially a unifying concept for what it means to be literate in the digital age
    • extends transliteracy in 21st century to include multiple discourses, communication platforms and tools
    • calls for change of perspective away from battles over print / digital, moves instead towards unifying ecology of media / all literacies relevant to reading, writing, interaction and culture, both past and present
    • not intended to replace other terms that refer to print literacy; encompasses both media and digital literacy and (media) convergence
    • not just computer–based materials, but all communication types across time and culture
    • emphasizes lateral approach to historical, contextual and cultural issues / literacies; bridges and connects past, present and future modalities
    • situated in a liminal space between being a new cognitive tool and the recovery of an old one
    • refuses to presuppose any kind of offline/online divide
    • considers ability to understand multiple media and modes of communication and kinds of literacy we apply online
Judy O'Connell

Using digital tools to connect learners: Present and future scenarios for citizenship 2.0 - 3 views

    The concepts of digital citizenship and citizenship 2.0 are particularly relevant in the context of globalisation and the knowledge economy. The most recent technology standards for students published by ISTE enshrine a major category for digital citizenship (ISTE, 2007). "Digital citizenship" is now being dubbed as "citizen 2.0" and in the simplest terms it refers to the ability to participate in society online and to use technology appropriately. Digital citizenship represents capacity, belonging, and the potential for political and economic engagement in society in the information age (O‟Brien, 2008). Digital citizens practice conscientious use of technology, demonstrate responsible use of information, and maintain a positive attitude to learning with technology (ISTE 2007 cited in Richards, 2010). The affordances of the recent raft of web 2.0 technologies - sharing, collaborating, networking, customising and personalization enable new forms of civic participation which are changing existing social relations (Punie & Cabrera, 2006). Social communication technologies offer new channels for political engagement, contacting officials, and discussing issues. The network effects or benefits of bringing people together online exceed the satisfaction gained by individual participants - creating what economists call "positive externalities" or spill over benefits.
Judy O'Connell

Cyber bullying policy - Cyber bullying - Bullying - Department of Education and Early C... - 1 views

    "The Department has a clear Anti-Bullying Policy through the strategy 'Safe
    Schools are Effective Schools' which highlights that every student has the right
    to feel safe from bullying at school.
    All forms of bullying, whether it be physical, verbal or cyber are not
    tolerated at any level in Victorian government schools.
    As noted in the Department's Anti-Bullying Policy, all Victorian government
    schools must develop and implement a Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code
    of Conduct must now be updated to include cyber bullying.

    See the Department's anti-bullying
    Policy & Code of
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