Posts Tagged digital literacy
Here is a list, from over on the What’s Next: Top Trends blog. If you head over to the post you can see the items in a list. So soon we won’t be needing to vacuum - excellent news. No need for intimacy or retirement. We will be working until we drop! In come memory implants (that’d be handy), pay by fingerprint – seeing as I’ve just become a mobile banking fan this would be awesome, as for pollution absorbing clothes I’m pretty sure my kids had that sorted a few years ago. Anyway jesting aside it is interesting to see what the geek folk think we have heading our way, and indeed what is being relegated to the pasta.
This really great video with it’s graphic way of showing a lot of information in an easy to process way is a new fave for me. I’m just checking how many windows and tabs I have open right now! 7 email windows, 8 tabs, four programmes and I have a cell phone and a digital camera on my desk which I’ve used both of in the last hour, not as bad as many but it is getting up there.
This is awesome. Hover over the diagram and links will appear, if that doesn’t happen then go to the source here or the Thinglink here. Each of the embedded links takes you to really useful help section where you can learn how to teach each of the skills, there are lesson plans, posters and all manner of useful tools. The detail is fantastic and I’ll be spending some time on their pages. I for one salute you 21st Century Information Fluency Project.
It’s out. One of the reports worth paying attention to.
The New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) jointly released the NMC Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition. This ninth edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a decade-long research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.
This one, and the Core Trends in Education would be great to share with your staff and SMTs. Even if your school isn’t adopting mobile technology or Game Based Learning yet, you can bet that at least some of your staff will be paying attention. Link to the report here.
Every year Core Education puts out it’s list of the Ten Trends it sees emerging in education and it is fresh out now for this year. Head on over to their website for full details and to see the list expanded and explained but the list is as follows.
- Open-ness by Derek Wenmoth, Director (Feb)
- Ubiquitious Learning
- Smart Web
- Virtual Learning
- Data Engagement
- Thinking 3D
- Social Learning
- User + Control
Some of these are the same trends as last year but there are a couple of new ones.
Judith Way has posted this on her blog The Way Forward. If you are looking to upskill in Web 2.0 skills then you could do a lot worse than work your way through this list. It is from Jane Hart from C4LPT whose Twitter feed has provided me with fantastic PD this year.
This list of tools has given me some new things to try, and it has also been interesting to see that some of the things I completely love (iGoogle for example) slip down in the rankings.
This article is doing the rounds on the Australian School Library Listsev at the moment. It makes good reading and would certainly provide a nice meaty musing for someone who was wanting to prove their worth in the school library. The article is mainly talking about primary (elementary) level school libraries but works equally well at secondary level.
“Although the classroom teacher is generally the expert on the content standards, the school librarian is the expert on the process of finding, evaluating, using, creating, and sharing information. Bringing the two together engenders powerful learning opportunities for students and provides professional development to teachers.
After all, part of ensuring that students and teachers have access to the resources of the library is making sure teachers know how to use these resources to enhance instruction. I have been a school librarian/media specialist for 14 years. Throughout my career, I’ve seen many librarians—including myself—guide teachers by modeling how to use cutting-edge resources, leading small-group presentations, and providing one-on-one instruction.”
The final paragraph of the article should give those who think they can do more to engage with their staff a little to mull over
In these hard economic times, schools must use each staff member to the fullest. School librarians have great knowledge about 21st century skills, technology, literacy, and much more. Schools should take advantage of the opportunities this knowledge store can create and run with them—for the benefit of our students.
This is the key. Are you doing all you can? Have you upskilled yourself? Have you really engaged with the school ICT PD? Are you out there selling your new and well developed skills? Do you know what topics are being taught in every subject, and do you have the print resources, and the online resources to cater for your staff and student needs in these areas? Do you REALLY talk to your staff, not just in the staff room over a cuppa, but a meaningful discussion on how you can help support the curriculum?
If you have rested on your laurels and waited for technology to come and find you instead of making it your business to get out there and get into it yourself you are going to get left behind, and if you are not relevant to what your students and staff need, you should be seriously worried about your job.
What do you think? How easy is it to engage with your teaching staff about what you can do for them? Do you have some good examples of what has worked for you? Teachers, can you offer suggestions?