Digital Fluency, starting with digital annotation


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A brief presentation for students that are being introduced to digital notation to build on digital fluency.

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  • The format of the book as changed with times, but it seems that note taking has been left behind. We no longer use a chisel to make notes in the margins of our stone tablets, so why do we cling to highlighters and paper in the time of digital books, e-publications and readers?
  • The current trend is to have content at our finger tips. There is no reason this should be different in education. Our ability to learn and access the information required for our learning should also be available “on all screens, at all times, in all locations”
  • What we would like to achieve today: But before we get started, what do our students think are the answers to the following questions: Why are we going digital?What are the benefits of going digital?How do we make digital notes?
  • This may be a good time to get the students to brainstorm some ideas, it is after all the students that would have to embrace the new method of note taking and they may have their ideas. Their level of digital fluency may surprise us.
  • The obvious answer – Generation Y, the Digital Natives are also our Echo Boomers.
  • What is digital fluency and why do our students need to speak it?
  • This is a useful video (link provided). It will be useful to embed in the presentation. I find that students relate to his video and it effectively explains where technology is neaded. The slides that follow are screenshots from the presentation that places emphasis on the future of printed media.
  • We need to adapt our communication to the technology that is around us. Simple questions that would get students thinking include: Imagine a world without the internetImagine a world without cell phonesHow often do you do research using paper based encyclopaedias, like the book of knowledge?Why would you rather use Wikipedia than The Book of Knowledge?What is easier?
  • Not sure how many of our students have seen Starwars, but we need to giggle too 
  • From Newsweek… May be a good visual cue for a discussion point. Guide the students with a question to spark a discussion or a debate.
  • Weighing up print vs digital… some of the following images may be familiar.
  • Evernote synchronizes all your notes, pictures, voice notes, website clippings and your own typed notes across devices. There are applications for computers, android, Mac and Blackberry. What is on one device will be on them all.
  • E books (in the case chess) stored on a flash drive (E:)
  • All lecturers have heard the, my computer crashed excuse, and losing a flash with all notes and manuals on is a real concern. Students should be encouraged to back their information up – preferably in the cloud, using “cloud computing” – like Dropbox.
  • Dropbox also synchronizes across devices.
  • If you forgot your books, they should be available everywhere (especially if you use apps like evernote and dropbox)
  • Adobe reader x, note taking that is neat, simple and will never get lost or look like a dog’s breakfast.
  • It may be advisable to have the students watch the following video: , consider embedding it into your presentation.
  • Digital Fluency, starting with digital annotation

    1. 1. Digital Annotation Note taking should evolve with the bookEvolution of books:
    2. 2. Digital media:
    3. 3. Computer library:
    4. 4. Killing tree image:
    5. 5. Digital literacy: : I <3 it wen u speak digital
    6. 6. Video available here:
    7. 7. • Innovations in communication & technology cause cultural change• Changes in modes of communication shape human life• We shape our tools and they in turn shape us – Couros, 2003: 12
    8. 8. Ipod I’m your father:
    9. 9. Newsweek:
    10. 10.
    11. 11. Guy with computer:,61,1.jpg
    12. 12. Losing notes in a pile of clutter on your desk?
    13. 13. Lugging a heavy bag around with things you may, or may not need?
    14. 14. Where to store everythingBookshelf:
    15. 15. Losing information on your computer?A dog deleted my homework
    16. 16. Drop box cartoon:
    17. 17. Forgot:
    18. 18. Books mobile:
    19. 19. Notes all over the placeSticky note textbook:
    20. 20. Download Adobe Reader X:’
    21. 21. You’re doing it wrongComputer covered in sticky notes:
    22. 22. Highlighting text
    23. 23. “Sticky notes”
    24. 24. Adding writing
    25. 25. Finding your notes again
    26. 26. Apps:
    27. 27.
    28. 28.
    29. 29.
    30. 30. Useful Tutorials:• Evernote: er_embedded&v=IHeVZvnCjNA• Diigo:• Dropbox: 1DKY&feature=related• Adobe reader x: uxB8&feature=plcp
    31. 31. Darwin: /
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