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Paul Beaufait

The Difference Between Digital Literacy and Digital Fluency | SociaLens Blog - 18 views

    "Literacy and fluency* have to do with our ability to use a technology to achieve a desired outcome in a situation using the technologies that are available to us" (christian, 2011.02.05, ¶1).
Noelle Kreider

A look at the technology culture divide | - 11 views

  • Today’s students represent the first generation to grow up with this new technology.
  • While educators may see students every day, they do not necessarily understand their students’ habits, expectations, or learning preferences–this has resulted in a technology cultural divide.
  • Students are very comfortable with technology and generally become frustrated when policy, rules, and restrictions prevent them from using technology. 
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  • Educators must relinquish the idea of being all-knowing and replace that concept with an attitude of being a facilitator, knowing that the world of information is just a “click” away.
  • Traditional schools, generally staffed primarily with Digital Immigrants, often provide very little technology interaction compared to the digital world in which students are actually living.  Digital Natives can pay attention in class, but they choose not to pay attention, because in reality, they are bored with instructional methods that Digital Immigrants use.
  • Today’s Digital Native students have developed new attitudes and aptitudes as a result of their technology environment.  Although these characteristics provide great advantages in areas such as the students’ abilities to use information technology and to work collaboratively, they have created an imbalance between students’ learning environment expectations and Digital Immigrants’ teaching strategies and policies, which students find in schools today.
  • Teacher training programs in the area of technology will be paramount in the success of the Digital Native.
  • Twenty-first century educators must begin to answer these questions: Do the educational resources provided fit the needs and preferences of today’s learners?  Will linear content give way to simulations, games, and collaboration?  Do students’ desires for group learning and activities imply rethinking the configuration and use of space in classrooms and libraries?  What is the material basis of digital literacy? What is different in a digital age?  What are kids doing already and what could they be doing better, and more responsibly, if we learned how to teach them differently? Addressing these questions will contribute toward bridging the gap of the technology cultural divide and result in schools where all students have greater potential to achieve academically.
    Article discussing the technology culture divide between students and their teachers and its implications for rethinking how we teach.
mbarek Akaddar

Delta Teacher Development Series - ELT and the Crisis in Education: Digital Literacy | ... - 2 views

    ELT and the Crisis in Education: Digital Literacy
Barbara Moose

Education Week's Digital Directions: Tech Literacy Confusion - 0 views

    A growing chorus of experts say schools should teach students to be proficient in "technology literacy"-but the definition of it is ambiguous.
Paul Beaufait

Action! Get the Cameras Rolling with Digital Storytelling - 0 views

    Thanks to Carla A. for pointing out this rich resource collection!
    Making Teachers Nerdy Blog post sharing "resources to help you get started In exploring what digital storytelling is, what web 2.0 tools are available to use, blogs from other Ed-tech folks who are brilliant in digital storytelling, and few ideas to spark your imagination"

Towards a Theory of Digital Literacy: Three Scenarios for the Next Steps - 0 views

    • IN PI
      The choice, in this case, is not just between two categories of skills or literacies; it is rather a choice between two cultures, (a) one favoring rationality, continuity, criticism, abstract thinking, individuality, authenticity, systematic planning, and thinking; and (b) the other favoring fragmentation, spontaneity, concrete visual processing of knowledge, connectedness, reproduction, and branching associative thinking.
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      * Should education strive to achieve the enhancement of post modern values, or rather the preservation (as much as possible) of modern values? * Should the aim, instead, be some combination of the two? * If so, what combination (Aviram, 2005; Dator, 1993; Postman, 1992, 1995)?
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      This is indeed the probable default scenario. If that is so, and if the radical hypothesis about the civilization clash is true, it is likely that photo-visual skill, branching skill and reproduction skill will be powerfully enhanced, while the ability for criticism, or indeed, rational thinking of any kind, may deteriorate. Some might take it to be a desired scenario, but if it is, it calls for a conscious decision, rather than being dragged towards it blindly.
    New digital skills - the skeptical theory
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21 Signs You're a 21st Century Teacher - SimpleK12 - 0 views

    Are you a 21st Century Teacher? Find out!
Paul Beaufait

Cyberbullying Toolkit | Common Sense Media - 10 views

    A "free toolkit to help you take ... an effective stand against cyberbullying" (deck, ¶2, retrieved 2011.09.27), beginning with focus questions and an overview, then focusing on elementary, middle, and high school levels
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