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Getting back to basics

I know the internet being a common thing is not that old, and using it in schools has been happening for a while now too, but do you think maybe we need to get back to the basics? Maybe we need to start from the beginning with our students. Teaching them how to search,, with this power searching webinar from Google might be nice. Then…do you know all you can do with Gmail and Google Chrome? We’ve been learning about all of the different things that can be done with this in a few staff developments. Go here to the Chrome Store and download apps and extensions to use on your Google Drive and Chrome. Google Drive is amazing for what can be done on it and with it. It’s not just to type documents, it’s also your own web-based storage cloud. I’m teaching a staff development on it tomorrow. I will post the overview in case anyone wants to check it out. 

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NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center joint statement on Technology and Interactive Media in Early Childhood

The following is a link to NAEYC and the Fred Rogers center on Technology and Interactive Media in Early Childhood.  In this statement they discuss that not all media content is the same. I have to agree, Power Rangers is not the same as Super Why, just as Angry Birds is not the same as the PBS website for kids.

They also discuss how that children under the age of 2 should not have any screen time, not just TV, but all types of screens.

Technology is here and it is our job as parents and educators to make sure that the technology used is for the best of the children and not just to occupy their time.


Integrating Media Literacy into the Classroom


This is an article published by the National Association for Media Literacy Education.  It gives three case studies of teaching media literacy through inquiry-based learning.  One of the teachers  in the study was not highly digitally literate himself and learned some skills as his students did.  

What I appreciated about the article is that it shows how media literacy can be taught to facilitate inquiry learning and critical thinking, not just as technical lessons for using tools, and can be taught (and learned!) by real-world teachers.


Literacy past, present and future

As I was perusing articles about technology integration I came across this great article going over the decades of media literacy and how it has evolved. Media has evolved and students and teachers have a vast majority of mediums in which to select. It is interesting to see how new technology was or wasn’t embraced over the years and what the author feels will be the next steps in encouraging increased usage of these available sources. Their thoughts are we have to understand the past to be able to better see how we will progress in the future. All those schools who are not embracing it fully now will soon more than likely be finding themselves at the bottom of the pile looking up.


Digital Literacy & Common Core

Great article on Digital Literacy and Common Core. What exactly do the CCSS say about digital literacy?  This blogger explains how he answers that question with the technology he uses in his classroom.


Digital vs. Information Literacy

in my research I’ve come across the term “information literacy” a lot when I search “digital literacy.”  Do you think the terms are interchangeable?  

Here’s another poster idea, courtesy of Ithaca College:




Competencies of Digital Literacy

This post helped me focus on what digital literacy looks like.

One commenter had an astute post:

“I think these are all worthwhile skills, though I think the students are conflating functional digital literacy with the figurative sense of literacy (critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and other skills). Some have nothing to do with literacy at all. Championing net neutrality? Creating technology policy? Learning from peers? I’ll admit that these are incredibly important things to learn (and things that I stress in my interactions with students), but calling them “literacies” just muddies the waters.

FWIW, I think digital literacy has two meanings. Very roughly, the first is the functional sense: digital literacy is the ability to use digital technology to communicate. The second is the figurative sense: digital literacy refers to the evaluative skills that are required for effectively using and producing information in the digital environment.”


What’s an effective way to teach students that simply having the technical skills is only part of the battle?  It’s kind of like teaching them to read in the first place:  simply saying the words isn’t the same as understanding, evaluating, and synthesizing.  

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Digital Literacy and Early Childhood

As I was thinking about what to post I thought about the use of Digital Literacy  in the Early Childhood field that I work in.  Where I work, the most technology we use is a tape recorder or CD player.  We feel that the children get enough TV and computer play at home.  I would have to agree, I have watched children walk in with their parents phones watching things or playing games.  What happen to talking to your children to and from school?

The following article has made really think about the use of Digital Literacy in the early childhood classroom.  I will have to get back to you on my final decision.

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Getting teachers literate (digitally)

I found this neat poster and followed it back to its site and found a nice, short definition of digital literacy as well as a poster I would want in my library.

Digital literacy will be coming to the younger generation at a faster rate so what needs to be developed is a way of professional development to keep teachers involved and informed of the newest technology. I’ve been reading articles for my research class and my topic is successful professional development and what I have been finding is not only do you need to have a good length of time set up for teaching teachers, but they too need constant reinforcement and encouragement to use it. To me, that is the biggest obstacle to student literacy, teacher literacy.

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Digital citizenship

I think this would be neat to introduce to a library skills class and to have all of the students sign at the beginning of the year.  This poster could hang in the library all year long to remind everyone that they are digital citizens with roles and responsibilities in our digital world.

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