information literacy Category

A critical thinking paradox

Okay… indulge me! Try this experiment: Activity #1  – Think of a topic in which you have a strong interest, and broad, expert knowledge/skill. Then, search the web and find three really good sources of information for that topic. Activity #2 – Think of a topic in which you have no interest, no knowledge and […]

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Modern Literacies

I received an email from a teacher colleague last week and it contained a single sentence–a question: “I wonder if you might give me your definition of modern literacies?” I was intrigued, not only by the question but also by the reason behind asking it (which she explained in a later email).  In any case, […]

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Writing Teams vs. Curation Teams

I did a little research because I didn’t want to assume… But, as far as I can tell, many school districts in Canada and in the United States call a group of educators writing together a “writing team.” They assemble writing teams to write curriculum resources for teachers, documents that promote best practices in assessment, […]

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Remember passwords using an algorithm

At this point in the information age, our personal digitals tools, data and valuable resources are often protected by a username and password combination. Maybe this will change in the future but currently, the task of remembering dozens or hundreds of passwords is a challenge. Many people I know use one, or just a few, […]

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Introduction to ScratchJr

[Note: Updated, April 22, 2015] App Name – ScratchJr Cost – Free Website – http://www.scratchjr.org/  Tablets – iOS and Android Developed by – Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University iOS Download – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scratchjr/id895485086 Android Download – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.scratchjr.android What is ScratchJr? ScratchJr is a tablet app that young children can use to create simple programs such as stories, games and […]

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Coding in the service of learning

In a recent blog post by @MatthewOldridge, he questions the ‘whys’ of learning to code. And rightly so, I think. If you are at all following educational trends, you are probably aware that people are seriously discussing the merits of coding/programming in terms of a new literacy. For example, you have probably seen all or part of this […]

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Digital native/immigrant notion can be misleading

Prensky’s ‘digital natives’ and ‘digital immigrants’ dichotomy is just one current incarnation of the old “generation gap” cliché. Yes, I do concede that there might be a gap in the general knowledge and skills of what is happening in youth culture and what is happening in the culture of the parents of today’s youth. I […]

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Critical thinking and information literacy – Part I

Could critical thinking skills be learned as a self-extending system? Can children be taught how to think critically within an information literacy context? That is, it seems to be a consistent educational goal that students of all ages are able to critically evaluate the information that is conveyed to them. So, how does the ability […]

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