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  1. 1. Increasing Literacy Through Web 2.0 Anne Brusca Library Media Specialist, Herricks UFSD Karen Kliegman Library Media Specialist, Herricks UFSD~Adjunct Prof. Long Island University ~ Educational Technology & Library Information Science~Google Certified Teacher~ Wired Librarian
  2. 2. The World is Changing… quot;It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.quot; ~ Charles Darwin
  3. 3. Do You Speak Your Students’ Language? Email? QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Internet? Browse? Call? Camera?
  4. 4. Why do we have to talk about doing things differently?? “This is a story about the big public conversation the nation is not having about education… whether an entire generation of kids will fail to make the grade in the global economy because they can’t think their way through abstract problems, work in teams, distinguish good information from bad, or bad speak a language other than English.” 21st Century??
  5. 5. A Vision of Students Today
  6. 6. Why do we have to talk about doing things differently?? Global Competition Global Interdependence Information is Ubiquitous Workplace Innovation Source: Karen Cator, Director, Apple Leadership & Advocacy Efforts in Education
  7. 7. What is the Flat World? “…a global, web-enabled playing field that allows for multiple forms of collaboration on research and work in real time, without regard to geography, distance, or, in the near future, even language.”
  8. 8. Who Are 21st C Learners? As large in number as Baby Boomers Consumers- $150 billion annually Digital Media Users – 6 hrs daily (Exposed to 8 hours) Multi-taskers: online - phone - print Hyper-Communicators -socially & civically Gamers-interactive learning Risk-Takers ~Brad Fountain, Discovery Education
  9. 9. What’s Going on Here?
  10. 10. The Future of Reading??? .…Books are not Nadia Konyk’s thing.…Instead, like so many other teenagers, Nadia, 15, is addicted to the Internet. She regularly spends at least six hours a day in front of the computer ….Nadia checks her e-mail and peruses, a social networking site, reading messages or posting updates on her mood. She searches for music videos on YouTube .…But she spends most of her time on or, reading and commenting on stories written by other users and based on books, television shows or movies. ref=slogin
  11. 11. Where’s the Beef??? quot;Do we think that learning in new ways with digital technologies is worth the effort to actually change how we work with children and youth in our schools?” ~ Pat Clifford, quot;Where's the Beef: Finding Literacy in Computer Literacyquot;, August 2004
  12. 12. So, what does literacy mean? Literacy today depends on understanding the multiple media that make up our high-tech reality and developing the skills to use them effectively. In our 21st century society— accelerated, media-saturated, and automated—a new literacy is required, one more broadly defined than the ability to read and write. By Barbara R. Jones-Kavalier and Suzanne L. Flannigan /ConnectingtheDigitalDotsL/39969 Photo by Mike Sasone
  13. 13. So, what does literacy mean? DIGITAL NATIVE VS. DIGITAL IMMIGRANT: Often, a classroom filled with digitally literate students is being led by linear-thinking, technologically stymied instructors. Digital and visual literacies are the next wave of communication specialization. We have technologies at our fingertips not only to communicate but to create, to manipulate, to design, to self-actualize. Children learn these skills as part of their lives, like language, which they learn without realizing they are learning it. (Prensky) Few educational organizations have developed comprehensive technology plans that specify technical learning objectives or ensure successful integration of technology to enhance students’ digital and visual literacy.
  14. 14. Being Literate Today Means Finding the information Processing different media Decoding the information Analyzing the information Critically evaluating the information Organizing it into personal digital libraries Creating information in a variety of media Teaching the information to find the user Filtering the information gleaned
  15. 15. 21st Century School Librarian So do classrooms!
  16. 16. We Live in a Remix Culture In a remix culture, digital objects are meant rearranged, to be changed, rethought, juxtaposed, discussed and shaped… shaped not just consumed.
  17. 17. Living in a Remix Culture Currently, teachers' are concerned about the ease with which students can plagiarize Instead of trying to outfox this cheating, we need to be giving entirely different kinds of assignments...ones that absolutely demand that students design and create far more complex and intriguing performances of their understanding.quot; ~ Pat Clifford, quot;Where's the Beef: Finding Literacy in Computer Literacyquot;, August 2004
  18. 18. Reading Across a Dozen Literacies We need a broadened conception of reading to capture the many different types of reading that occur when considering information in different formats across different media. Students must now be able to quot;read a facequot; as well as a page, must be able to read a photograph or a chart or a situation. Reading as understanding applies to many aspects of life. ~Jamie McKenzie, FromNowOn
  19. 19. Reading Across a Dozen Literacies What is a literacy? – the capacity to analyze, interpret and understand information within a particular category of information or within a particular medium. ~Jamie McKenzie, FromNowOn
  20. 20. Reading Across a Dozen Literacies * natural literacy * artistic literacy * media literacy * ethical literacy * visual literacy * numerical literacy * text literacy * social/cultural literacy * emotional literacy * organizational literacy * environmental literacy * scientific literacy
  21. 21. Natural Literacy Despite the pleasure in reading nature few children today seem interested in the habits and movements of the natural world. In a childhood full of iPods, cell phones, video games, and organized play- dates, children frequently form relationships only to the cartoon versions of the natural world.
  22. 22. Media Literacy Media literacy involves the capacity and the inclination to cut past the distortions and manipulation often typical of today's news, communications and entertainment media in order to build an understanding of the world that is at least partially grounded in reality. l
  23. 23. Ethical Literacy Many schools have embraced problem-based learning as a way to involve students in wrestling with real world challenges - an excellent way to introduce them to the moral and ethical aspects of modern life. A similar approach is called Authentic Learning - developed by Fred M. Newmann and Gary G. Wehlage. quot;Five Standards of Authentic Instruction.quot;
  24. 24. Moving Towards: What should be done? Students are involved researching important issues, problems and decisions with the goal of coming up with action plans or specific work products and documents that mirror the real work done in agencies.
  25. 25. The Read/Write Web This is a challenging time in education. Content is everywhere; scrutinizing content and engaging with the world are skills needed even by young students. ~Will Richardson
  26. 26. We have to ask ourselves… How are we How are we modeling Who are our building our learning teachers? our own for our students? learning networks? Why the Read-Write Web is Changing Everything ~ Will Richardson
  27. 27. You Are a 21st Century Teacher? Plug-ins required:
  28. 28. Plug-ins… Lifelong Learning ASSEMBLING INSTRUCTIONS Creativity Multitasking Collaboration Communication
  29. 29. LITERACY Standards for the 21st-Century Learner: YOU!! Facilitate and Inspire quot;Teachers must become comfortable as co-learners with Student Learning and their students and with Creativity colleagues around the world. Design and Develop Digital- Today it is less about staying Age Learning Experiences ahead and more about moving and Assessment ahead as members of dynamic learning communities. The Model Digital-Age Work digital-age teaching professional and Learning must demonstrate a vision of Promote and Model Digital technology infusion and develop Citizenship and the technology skills of others. Responsibility These are the hallmarks of the new education leader.” Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership —Don Knezek, ISTE CEO, 2008 NETS FOR TEACHERS
  30. 30. Start Developing YOUR PLN
  31. 31. RSS: Make Information Find You…
  32. 32. Twitter…
  33. 33. Nings…
  34. 34. Wikis…
  35. 35. PLN…Find It, Tag It, Share It!
  37. 37. Where to Begin? Re-think what you and your students can do! YOU. Yes, you. You control the Information Age. Welcome to your world.
  38. 38. We Live in a Web 2.0 World
  39. 39. Collaborate, Create, Share Wikis Blogs Podcasts Screencasts Vodcasts Google Docs Google Maps, Earth Nings RSS
  40. 40. Let’s Separate the Wheat from the Chaff
  41. 41. 12 Questions to Ask Yourself on New Technologies: ~ Dr. Howie DiBlasi 1. Is it focused on student learning? 2. Are there observable results? 3. Does it meet the standards? 4. Can it show results? 5. Does it increase research skills? 6. Does it improve communication skills? 7. Are students accountable? 8. Does it improve student collaboration? 9. Does it help students communicate globally? 10. Does it help students deal with massive amounts of information? 11. Does it teach our students to be self-directed and understand how to organize more of their own learning? 12. Is it sustainable?
  42. 42. Digital Storytelling
  43. 43. Digital Storytelling Creating information in a variety of media Photostory Mixbook
  44. 44. Allows users to actively participate rather than passively listen / watch
  45. 45. Avatars: Opportunities
  46. 46. Podcasting: Ask Yourself… Does it improve communication skills? Are students accountable? Does it improve student collaboration? New Bloom’s Taxonomy H.O.T.S.
  47. 47. Podcasts: not just words on a page for a teacher to read… Provide students with the opportunity to showcase their talents in everything from writing and speaking to digital storytelling. Motivate students to be creative and utilize technology in new ways. Provide immediate feedback of the work, and allows others to see “inside the classroom” for a brief moment.
  48. 48. Student Blogging: There is more than one way to hatch an idea…
  49. 49. Class Blogmeister Does it improve communication skills? Are students accountable? Does it improve student collaboration? Does it help students communicate globally? Does it help students deal with massive amounts of information? Does it teach our students to be self- directed and understand how to organize more of their own learning? sustainable? Is it
  50. 50. Wikis Wiki - wiki (in Hawaiian) means “rapidly” or really fast. Provide a collaborative environment to exchange ideas, information, and resources between individuals regardless of distance or time. Provide users to correct content or add content for more meaning.
  53. 53. COLLABORATE, CREATE, SHARE: Interactive Maps!
  54. 54. Google Maps
  55. 55. The Bucket List
  56. 56. Google Earth
  57. 57. Google Earth
  58. 58. Google Earth
  59. 59. The World is Changing… “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” ~ Alvin Toffler