Posted on November 25, 2013 by Rhondda
Teachable Moments for Digital Citizenship is a really useful infographic from a post by Nancy White – @NancyW.
She created it when she was looking for a resource about the importance of modeling good digital literacy skills for students. She explains that teaching digital citizenship as a separate curriculum is ok but finding the moments when they need the skill as part of undertaking a task, where the principles of digital citizenship can be applied, is the best way for them to learn and understand.
Allied to this infographic is a presentation (at the bottom of the post) where Nancy explained different aspects of digital citizenship called “9 Elements or themes of Digital Citizenship”. This presentation was created to explain digital literacy to parents but is a useful way to explain the concepts to fellow educators. These elements were:
- Digital Access
- Digital Commerce
- Digital Communication
- Digital Literacy
- Digital Etiquette
- Digital Law
- Digital Rights and Responsibilities
- Digital Health and Wellness
- Digital Security
The infographic uses the above themes and then puts them into a classroom context. It offers some direction for teachers who are working with students on particular tasks. It helps to map out what areas will be covered when students are asked to undertake each digital activity. It really goes without saying really that teachers must also show their students what’s expected of them. The themes need to be discussed with students when needed, allowing them to ask questions and explore ideas in a real situation. The final point that teachers, and all responsible adults really, need to model good digital citizenship themselves if they want young people to take these ideas on board I can’t agree with more completely. I have found with all things that if you say one thing but do another, you students will not take you or your message seriously.
Whilst many of the themes can recur in more than one context, Nancy has matched the most likely themes with the appropriate context:
- Read: digital literacy and digital access
- Watch: digital health and wellness and digital literacy
- Find: digital access and digital literacy
- Record: digital etiquette, digital rights and responsibilities also leading on to discussions about digital footprints and cyberbullying
- Curate: digital law and digital literacy
- Connect: digital communication and digital safety and security
- Collaborate: digital etiquette and digital communication
- Create: digital rights and responsibilities and digital commerce
- Write: digital communication and digital law
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Posted on September 26, 2013 by Rhondda
I have been trying to teach the students good digital behaviours. When students are trying to create multimedia presentation we remind them about Creative Commons licences. When shown where to find images, sounds, videos that are allowed to be used they are more than happy to do the right thing. There are many times our students are looking for sounds or, more often, music to put the final polish on their multimedia project. There are a few I put onto a list available via our school intranet and linked to the sites. I often have to remind the boys about these sites so I was very pleased to learn the other day that YouTube is now offering music through their YouTube Audio Library. It is not a comprehensive library at the moment with about 150 royalty-free instrumental tracks people can use for free, indefinitely but it is a good start and on a site/platform that many students are very familiar with.
The music embedded in the YouTube Audio Library is music that you can download to use in projects both online and offline. You can search the library of music according to:
- Genre – Some of the genres you can choose from include: Alternative & Punk, Classical music, Country & Folk, Hip Hop & Rap, Jazz & Blues, Pop, Reggae and Rock.
- Mood – Students are often interested in finding music for mood. Some of the moods represented musically include angry, bright, calm, dark, funky, happy, inspirational, romantic,and sad.
- Instrument – Allows you to search for music according to the instrument being played in it. These include: Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Organ, Piano, Strings, Synth and Trumpet
- Duration – Where you can search for clips ranging from 1to 25 minutes
You can listen to the tracks before downloading them as MP3 files. To download any tune you click on the arrow pointing downwards put on the line that has the title. You can also click on the star button next to it to add the tune to your favourite list. It really is very easy to use. I look forward to sharing it with our students next term.
There is also an opportunity to have a look at the most popular hits that people have downloaded by using the favourites list.
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Posted on September 10, 2013 by Rhondda
snopes.com: Urban Legends Reference Pages Snopes is a good reference tool for any kind of urban legend or hoax. Search by keyword in the search field or browse the archives, arranged in categories like “Crime,” “Embarrass” and “Quotes.”
Blended Learning: A Disruptive Innovation [INFOGRAPHIC] #edtech #edutech This offers a visual overview of Blended Learning. It is a good resource to assist in developing a sound understanding this phenomenon. Covers: what blended learning is, why it’s spreading, and how it works in real and virtual classrooms.
Free Technology for Teachers: Three Mobile Blogging Activities for Students Another great post from Richard Byrne that offers ideas and links for teachers who want to create interesting and dynamic experiences for their students.
Different forms of Blended Learning in Classroom – EdTechReview™ (ETR) Post including infographic trying to explain blended learning: What is blended learning, what are its different forms, why i it spreading, and how does it work in real and virtual classrooms.
Bloom’s Taxonomy Apps- A Great Resource Section for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning A post that offers variety of iOS apps that correlate with the different levels of Bloom’s thinking levels. This is a very useful resource from the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning site.
Ultimate Guide to Google Hangouts – Martin Shervington “Getting yourself set up on a desktop or a laptop. Download the app for your system and ‘Hangouts’ that you have ‘open’ will now be on your desktop instead of appearing within the browser. iOS – http://goo.gl/h3glR Android – http://goo.gl/g61QW Chrome App – http://goo.gl/cr3XE You can also move them around the screen as well. Handy. (Thanks Laura Manach for the links) Tip: use a Chrome extension for more flexibility”
ACTFL 21St Century Skills Meet Technology Infographic In well designed infographic that lists some of the possible applications that could help foster skill development in today’s language learners specifically but could also apply to other areas.
Media History Digital Library – Online Access to the Histories of Cinema, Broadcasting & Sound The Library is a massive archive of documents about the history film, television, and radio. The library can now be searched and the documents viewed online through MHDL’s new site called the Lantern. On Lantern you will find reviews and critiques of movies, books and playbills, many periodicals about the movie, television, and radio industries. Your search can be refined according to date, language, and publication type. You can also browse through collections curated by MHDL.
How Do Rubrics Help? | Edutopia Whether you are new to rubrics of have been using them for some time this short article will be useful in creating rubrics and using them effectively.
Educational Leadership:Informative Assessment:The Best Value in Formative Assessment This short article offers educators a valuable introduction to formative assessment, which the authors also call assessment for learning. It offers insights into the value for students and the importance of feedback.
What Are Formative Assessments and Why Should We Use Them? | Scholastic.com Judith Dodge explains formative assessment and offers 25 quick formative assessments for educators use. “Formative assessments are ongoing assessments, observations, summaries, and reviews that inform teacher instruction and provide students feedback on a daily basis. The time they take from a lesson is well worth the information you gather and the retention students gain.” Continue reading
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