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:
- Steve Wheeler’s 3 things you should know about digital literacies. Steve introduces us to Transliteracy (pl. transliteracies) which are defined as the ability to understand and communicate--to be "literate"--across all communication platforms, from sign language and speaking, to reading and writing, to the mass media, to digital communication and social networking.
- Netsafe - Learn Guide and Protect’s conceptual view of digital citizenship which places digital literacy as a key component to the digital citizen.
- JISC infonet’s Developing Digital Literacies which explores Digital literacy as a developmental process.
- Doug Belshaw’s Eight essential elements of Digital Literacies. Digital literacies are plural, context dependent, are socially negotiated and change over time. Remixing work is an integral part of our practice today and we need to actively engage in learning around cultural, cognitive, constructive, communicative, confident, creative, critical and civic literacies.
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…
- The Elements Of A Literacy-Rich Classroom Environment is a great launchpad for thinking through your Literacy Environment.
- Year 7 & 8 creative writers shares discussion around literacy motivation and collaboration using the literacy shed and google docs. Check out how John’s learners have used Google Presentation to create Camp of Terror - Room 4’s Pick a Path story.
- Have you signed your class up for the next LEARNZ field trip? Now would be a great time to sign up for an active term two learning experience with the LEARNZ team. Memorial Park 2 - a roading project to remember those who served at war. Term 2 starting 13 May 2014.
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!
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
Literacy Online Facilitator
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