What is digital literacy? Information literacy? It all relates to the idea that with content and information so accessible to students these days, it’s just as important to be teaching them the skills to acquire this information as it is to teach the content itself. Some of these skills, such as these outlined by the National Council of Teachers of English include the ability to:
– develop proficiency with the tools of technology
– build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
– design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
– manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
– create, critique, analyze and evaluate multimedia texts
– attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments.
So how do we even begin? Where do we even start? If this all seems daunting….then slowly! Start by reading an article, maybe try something new. Ask your colleagues what they’re doing and using. Visit the Librarian 😉
With that being said, FreeTech4Teachers is a great place to start poking around. The creator, Richard Byrne (who I incidentally also follow on Twitter!) blogs some great articles. For example, “Dozens of Alternatives to YouTube,” “7 Tools for building Review Games” (think Jeopardy), or “5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Alternative Book Reports.” It also conveniently has a search bar, so you can focus on your specific needs.
He’s also the creator of Ipad Apps for Schools and has numerous other helpful links on his page, such as Google tutorials (there’s SO much more to Google than the search engine!), how to create blogs and websites and much more. In the words of Demiris, be a browser 🙂
Richardson, W. (2012). Why school how education must change when learning and information are everywhere / Will Richardson. New York, NY: TED Conferences.