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November 3rd Webinar: Digital Literacy – The New Normal?

October 30th, 2011

Digital Literacy – The New Normal?

Students are increasingly turning to a wealth of online resources to answer their information needs and according to Amazon, ebooks are outselling print books.    Join me as we look at how this change necessitates the way we need to teach literacy.   What does it mean to be a digitally literate person and how can you guide your students to find excellent information?  We will also learn how to evaluate these sources and explore some of the unique features of digital information that enable students to be successful in school.

This webinar will be offered twice, once at 3:15pm, and once at 7:15pm. Please visit the Webcasts Page for pre-registration and additional information about participating in our webinars.

Follow up to Digital Literacy Webinar

According to the Pew Statistics, 85% of teens ages 12-17 engage in some form of electronic personal communication including text messaging, e-mail or posting comments on social networking sites.  MLTI survey results from last year found that students communicate on their homework most often through texting and the second communication vehicle was Facebook!

Much of the research I discovered while researching Digital Literacy pointed to a lack of advancement of Digital Literacy instruction in education.

Scale of information:
Students can download books from Project Gutenberg, they can create videos and share them around the world and join blog conversations to bring real world excitement to their learning.
Advantages of Digital Information:
Digital resources have many advantages to the printed text.   The ability to enlarge the print, use text to speech and add visuals enable digital literacy development and supports diverse student learning.

A lot of discussion on the chat during this webinar focused on the need to teach better searching skills.   If students use Google to search they might do better using Google Advanced to limit their searches.

Many of the traditional literacy skills are transferable to Digital Literacy.   Teachers need to help students find and evaluate information from digital print sources and to become producers in this digital world we are living.    Online encyclopedias are perfect way to begin a search for information often with several reading levels, visuals and timelines.   Magazine and Newspaper databases such as Marvel have information that is preselected and reputable and searchable.    Web pages provide a wealth of information but need to be evaluated as to authority and reliability and point of view.

There were a few participants who did not know of the State Marvel databases.    You can get directly in from any school or public library.  From home you have to register (once) and you can just log in with your user name and password or a library bar code.  I have my bar code on a sticky and cut and paste.  If you have an MLTI MacBook there is a spring icon on the dock.

MLTI has partnered with Common Sense Media and has easy lesson plans for K-12 on Digital Literacy that can be adapted as needed for your school.  Visit Common Sense Media and register as an educator.    Look for the lessons under Research and Evaluation.   They come with a creative commons license so you may adapt them as needed.
Digital Literacy Lessons from Common Sense Media:


Ted Talk video:
The Filter Bubble by Ed Pariser

Online Citation Sources:
Easy Bid
Son of Citation Machine

Online Web Evaluation Sources:
Five W’s of Website Evaluation

Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators

Evaluating Webpages: How and Why

Education Needs a Digital Age Upgrade” Virginia Heffernan NY Times

Learning to Read and Write on the Web
Teachervision website

Take a Giant Step: a Blueprint for Teaching Young Children in a Digital Age

Writing, Technology and Teens
Pew Research

The Uses of Digital Literacy by John Hartley Google Book

“Books and Literacy in the Digital Age” by Ralph Raab    American Libraries, Aug2010, Vol 41 Issue 8, p34-37

“From Print to Pixel” by Kevin Kelly    Smithsonian Jul/Aug2010, Vol 41, P122-128, 6p

“Teaching Two Literacies” by Joanne Rooney    Educational Leadership, Mar2009, Vol. 66 Issue 6


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