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Update 17 April 2014 - Digital Literacy

Kia ora tātou,

With only a couple of days to the end of term, it is timely to reflect on all that you have celebrated and been challenged by in term one.  As you take a very well earned break take time to reflect on and celebrate the successes.  As you identify challenges take time to acknowledge these and record them to allow you to make the most of opportunities to network and collaborate with others who are working through similar challenges.  

This week we are focusing on Digital Literacy.

Digital Literacy is defined on wikipedia as “the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate and create information using a range of digital technologies.”  Derek Wenmoth has defined Digital Literacy as “a person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment.” Increasingly digital literacy must be a consideration for us as educators as our learners are interacting in a digital environment at a young age.   “A Magazine is an iPad that doesn’t work.” 

As we are defining digital literacy, indeed our digital aspiration for our environment, we must be aware of the placement of digital literacy within digital citizenship and digital proficiency. 

There is an almost endless range of digital literacy frameworks and the challenge is to design one that works for your school.

We would like to draw your attention to:

Aspects of digital literacy are intrinsic in our daily routine and must be modelled in our programmes to support our learners to digital proficiency.

Anne’s Latest Literacy Links and Look ups…

And finally as you head into a holiday:

5 Things Great Teachers Are Not (and 5 Things They Are) Take time to reflect on all the times this term you have been:

  • an everyday hero;
  • an inspirer;
  • a practitioner;
  • an individual and 
  • a team builder!

Enjoy your very well earned break!  

Conferences:

NZLA - the 37th New Zealand Literacy Association Conference. Register now.

CLESOL - the 14th National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL. Register now. 

Ngā mihi nui

 

Anne Kenneally

Literacy Online Facilitator

CORE Education

@LiteracyOnline2

To post to the list email: literacy@lists.tki.org.nz

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Comment by Pascale Hyboud-Peron on April 20, 2014 at 11:07

Kia ora Anne and thank you very much for this post.
My interest in ePortfolios and their "potential to act as a strategic catalyst for promoting the integration of ICT in teaching and learning in national education systems" combined with an interest in Openbadges and their potential to "recognize, validate and demonstrate learning that happens anywhere" has led me to follow quite closely Doug Belshaw's work. The Web Literacy Map 1.0 and these pathways provide very useful insights. I like their flexibility and their potential to allow the learner to have their own compass to move along these pathways.  As you mention, there are endless models. What I like with the Mozilla Foundation work is that it combines many opensource tools, their use, making learning visible for the learner, while enabling the learner to make it visible to others, all that as cement to a global community. Thank you for reading.

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