Posts Tagged digital literacy

Incoming and outgoing

2013  Hello. Goodbye.   What s Next  Top TrendsHere 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.

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Digital Junkie – Information Overload

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.

 

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How is that brain of yours doing?

Crikey! It seems my brain is in dire need of a break.  Hows yours feeling when you look at the stats in this infographic.  Infographics – they are everywhere aren’t they?  I can’t help but analyse my own online behaviour after having a look at this.  I currently have 6 tabs open, I have a chat window open on one of those tabs and an email and twitter programme running in the background. The phone has rung three times tonight and I’ve had four texts.  My poor partner trying to have a conversation with me at the same time while I’m so distracted.  My poor brain!

I totally relate to the email problem.  I’ve come to the point where I turn mine off if I’m trying to do something complicated and get it completed at work.  Working on a document with email flashing away as a new message arrives is the ultimate distraction.  Worse than a phone call which deals with something immediately a fresh shiny email can cause me to feel the burden of yet another job to do, or something which I need to think about.  So, right at the bottom in the what you can do section are the answers for me.  Turn the technology off, devote specific times to specific tasks and stop trying to do too many things at once.  Nobody is that good at multi-tasking it seems, even us women!

I got it from Stephen Abrams here

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Information Fluency

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.  

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The Horizon Report 2012

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.

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Ten trends in education 2012

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.

  1. Open-ness by Derek Wenmoth, Director (Feb)
  2. Ubiquitious Learning
  3. Personalisation
  4. Smart Web
  5. Citizenship
  6. Virtual Learning
  7. Data Engagement
  8. Thinking 3D
  9. Social Learning
  10. User + Control

Some of these are the same trends as last year but there are a couple of new ones.

 

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Online Safety – some shocking stats

Are you a parent of young children?  Do you parent teenagers?  Do you work in a school library?  Teach children using online tools?

The video below, which came to me from Judy O’Connell’s Scoop-it makes some scary watching.  Especially when you think about how often kids are online, and how nobody feels confident to teach online safety.

(SNS stands for Social Networking Serivce)

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