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Howard Rheingold on web literacies as essential survival skills

05/22/2012 Comments off

Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills:

  1. attention,
  2. participation,
  3. collaboration,
  4.  “crap detection,” and
  5. network smarts.

“As we’ve become more sophisticated in the ways we use the web, we need to adjust how we use it, being able to tell fact from rumor and able to call on the skills and resources of a community to help answer our questions.”

 

from Nieman Journalism Lab.

Twitter for Professional Learning

05/15/2012 Comments off

from Mark Anderson: “ A collection of my blog posts, CPD materials and screencasts on using Twitter as a place to learn, network and gain CPD from your peers.” How To Use Twitter If You’re A Teacher – MentorMob.

Taking it to the next level

05/7/2012 Comments off

Excellent advice from Dianne McKenzie about points learned from Brian Matthew’s white paper “Think Like a Startup.”

via Library Grits: Taking it to the next level.

Understanding introverts

03/18/2012 1 comment

Understanding introverts. a fascinating essay by K-M the Librarian, and well-worth reading by everyone.

Her comments on the push for “collaboration”  as the universal panacea are valuable for their insights into many aspects of education.

New Seth Godin title on education includes his take on libraries

03/6/2012 1 comment

Six Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning | Edutopia

02/16/2012 Comments off

Digital Content Curation Is Career for Librarians

02/2/2012 Comments off

Digital Content Curation Is Career for Librarians by John Farrier in Library Journal:

Clay Shirky put it simply: “It’s not information overload. It’s filter failure.” That’s why, in the past few years, the act of quickly finding and explaining new information on the Internet has emerged as the profession of digital content curation. It is a task for which librarians are well-suited and a potential source of employment.”

Are you the education technology curator for your organisation?

01/18/2012 Comments off

Free Webinar by Richard Byrne on 2/20

01/15/2012 Comments off

Discovery, Discussion, and Demonstration, with Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers

“3D Outline
Discovery – Give students a research topic and they almost automatically turn to Google. In this section we’ll explore some advanced Google search options. We’ll also take a look at some search tools not named Google. Finally, we’ll discuss re-use and citation of materials found on the web.

Discussion – One of the great features of the modern Internet is the ease with which we can host and archive discussions. In this section we’ll look at using blogs, wikis, and private-label message board systems (like Ning) for sharing our discoveries and building upon them through discussions with colleagues and or students.

Demonstration – In the past, more times than not, demonstration of learning was limited to the physical parameters of a classroom. Today’s modern web allows students to create a wide variety of products to demonstrate their knowledge. Likewise, sharing those products with a wider audience has become easier than ever before. In this section we’ll look at tools for creating multimedia ebooks, videos, and podcasts. We’ll then look at platforms for sharing those products with a wider audience and the benefits of sharing.”
PRESENTER:
Richard Byrne

Books to Unite the Digitally Divided Family – Richard Peck

01/12/2012 Comments off

Books to Unite the Digitally Divided Family — The Horn Book.

wise words from one of our most esteemed authors.

This article is adapted from the keynote speech author Richard Peck delivered at the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, “Engaging Worlds, Real and Imagined,” on October 1, 2011.”

 

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