digital literacy

Tools to Inspire Collaborative Discussions – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! More important than the learning that transpires in our classrooms is the learning we inspire beyond our classroom walls. One way to motivate students to continue using the knowledge acquired in our classes is to set up a virtual learning community. The free web tools below help teachers create a safe online class where students can access learning materials, post their work, and comment on the works of others. These platforms…

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How to Teach Copyright and Fair Use to Students – Education Article

What does it look like to prepare students to navigate the digital world? This is a question I often tackle in both in my own moments of brainstorming and searching for new resources to share, as well as in conversations with fellow educators. Finding the right resources for teaching students the basics of copyright— including its limitations such as fair use—is essential. We want to make sure students are prepared to work and create in digital and traditional spaces, too.…

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Students Still Can’t Tell Fact from Fiction on the Internet – Education Article

Critical thinking skills have always been high on most educators’ wish-list for their students. The onslaught of disinformation across the Internet, however, has only heightened the sense of urgency. After the 2016 presidential election, during which the term “fake news” entered the lexicon, researchers at Stanford  University released a study that examined U.S. high school students’ troubling inability to discern fact from fiction in online news sources. “Many people assume that because young people are fluent in social media they…

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Designing Learning with Digital Networks in Mind – Easy EdTech Podcast 036 – Education Article

In this episode we’ll discuss your role in helping students make connections to the authentic experiences they have online while exploring subjects and topics that may come up in your classroom. You’ll hear several essential ideas to consider while designing learning with digital networks in mind as well as some EdTech resources to get you started! Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform: Building Digital Networks So let’s make this EdTech easy… 1. Identify you “why” for bringing this…

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5 Good Resources to Help Students Become Discerning Media Consumers – Education Article

Too often today scrolling through social media headlines or watching short video clips is what passes for “catching up on the news.” As we know, if reading social headlines or watching video clips is the only way students consume news, they can quickly get a warped sense of what’s true and what’s not true. If you’re concerned about helping students become discerning media consumers, here are five good resources to consider using. Civic Online Reasoning Civic Online Reasoning is a…

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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Stop Blaming Social Media – Education Article

Recently most of the world has become familiar with the term “fake news.” These alternative facts are pervasive and infect all facets of our lives. From our twitter streams to talking heads on television it seems like we can not escape facts being outright fake, or the perception that they are. What’s worse is most students can’t determine whether what they see or read is real or fake. We can’t blame those that create the facts. We can’t blame the…

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20+ Emoji Activities and Resources for Teaching Math, Science, and English – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Today is World Emoji Day and to celebrate I’m sharing 20 emoji activities, my slide presentation, and resources to engage your learners. Emojis are an important part of our students’ digital culture and the way students humanize time spent communicating with others constantly through a machine. Emojis allow students to express themselves, share their personalities, and add emotion to their messages. Emojis also represent an international language. Around the world we understand with symbols like a smiley face, angry face,…

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