21st Century Literacies
In February 2008, the National Council of Teachers of English began to develop a statement on 21st literacies. This is the product of these ongoing deliberations. As the discussion says,
“Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy. Because technology has increased the intensity and complexity of literate environments, the twenty-first century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies. These literacies—from reading online newspapers to participating in virtual classrooms—are multiple, dynamic, and malleable. As in the past, they are inextricably linked with particular histories, life possibilities and social trajectories of individuals and groups.”
Thirty-Seven Interesting Ways* to use your Pocket Video Camera in the Classroom – Google Docs
Another of Tom Barrett’s really great Google Docs that is open to others to add to. This time the focus is on the use of pocket video cameras such as the Flip video. At the time of writing the collection had grown out to 41 but no doubt this will change, maybe after you add your idea too.
InteractiveWhiteboards.net.au is maintained by Electroboard, the Australina distributors of SMARTBoards in Australia. This site is set up to provide educators with information on interactive whiteboard training activities in your local area, upcoming conferences and events that will showcase the technology and several unique programs that support its adoption and use in Australia and New Zealand. It also has links to some Australian Notebook lessons.
TinEye Reverse Image Search
This is one to keep an eye on, (sorry really bad pun). If you want to check out where an image may have come from or to see if one of your images has been used elsewhere then this is the tool to use. At present the database is small so you may not yet find the details you are looking for but as they say, watch this space….
“TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions. TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks.”
The Horizon Report is a product of the international not for profit New Media Consortium. Since 2002 they have been presenting a series of reports under the title Horizon reports generated by a dialog between an international group of educational leaders.
“This volume, the Horizon Report: 2009 K-12 Edition, is the second in a new series of regional and sector-based reports, and examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative expression within the environment of pre-college education. The hope is that the report is useful to educators worldwide, and the international composition of the Advisory Board reflects the care with which a global perspective was assembled. While there are many local factors affecting the practice of education, there are also issues that transcend regional boundaries, questions we all face in K-12 education, and it was with these in mind that this report was created.”
A must read for all teachers.
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
This entry was posted in Blogroll
. Bookmark the permalink