The days of January have been whizzing by, partly due to the start of another term and partly due to our wonderful west coast weather. Having some sun certainly invites a bit more energy in the steps as well as some hopeful signs of spring just around the corner.
We are hearing about so many projects in flight or in the planning stages of inquiry wonder. Many have chosen to invite the technologies allowing entry points for learners. Did you know that February 5th is “Digital Learning Day“? Although we know that many of you already use technologies in seamless ways, this is a day designed to invite you to further participate in a little something special. Maybe it’s a connection with another class across the way through your blogs. Perhaps it’s an encounter with creating a podcast or using QR codes to showcase/share your work with books. Maybe it’s questions you post out on Twitter about things you wonder. How about creating a found poem and building it into a wordart piece to post? This month’s Learning Technologies newsletter is full of ideas for you to ponder and put into action. Consider celebrating the day with a little something special. Drop us a line and share your story.
Since I’m a huge fan of Peter Reynold‘s work, I love how he captured the ideas for digital learning. It just looks so inclusive!
Happy new year. Like all new years, it is a time of anticipation and new beginnings. Especially with all the technological changes that our students have at their fingertips. While they may be really comfortable at texting and bouncing from one interchange to another, there is a significant difference when using technologies for organized multiple purposes. Powerful research skills, understanding bias in published content, online communication and decision making all need practice to be proficient. Questions such as how do we teach internet safety, what happens to our digital footprint, how do we engage in dialogue on cyberbullying, what about copyright as we consume and create online, what about privacy, are all front and center in our lives. These topics can all fit under the larger umbrella of Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship.
Digital Citizenship might be described as the ability to integrate technologies to fully engage in an increasingly global and digital world. These skills or competencies reflect the need to analyze, learn and explore a world, that for the most part has not yet been conceived. A bit daunting, yet each topic area can be broken down. The key is to purposefully embed these into your everyday curriculum from early elementary upwards.
Over the next months and year, we will be actively delving into this area with practical ways that support the classroom. You can start by joining us at our District Pro-D on February 21th. Come and be a part of the developing journey as it unfolds. More information and registration will be in the District Pro-D calendar.
Our November-December newsletter is now published. Read what’s new and exciting in our district. As well, you might not have been aware that you can take advantage of purchasing MS Office at home (for only $11).
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