Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Doug Belshaw & Digital Literacies

What is digital literacy, digital fluency and digital literacies (note the plural ending)...
See video... less writing for me! The video is with Doug Belshaw.

TED Talk with Doug Belshaw

Doug Belshaw explores what it means to be digitally literate in these videos. To read his doctoral thesis, go to...

ETMOOC on Digital Literacies - with Doug Belshaw

Awesome Quote... and Main Ideas
"Digital Literacies are plural, subjective, and highly context-dependent" says @dajbelshaw #etmooc

Digital literacies... not literacy

As culture changes, the context of digital literacy changes.

Can you be an unconfident digitally literate person? 

Even if you dive in and see what you can do, you need a certain degree of digital literacy.

As teachers we need to adopt technology and look at using it creatively... This also means that teachers need to take risks with using technology.

Tools and Sites Doug mentions in his ETMOOC...

ETHERPAD - Use for online meetings and collaboration allows for team or group synchronized documents. The pad text is synchronized as you type, so that everyone viewing this page sees the same text.  It allows you to collaborate seamlessly on documents!

Definition from Wikipedia -
Etherpad (previously known as EtherPad)[1][2] is a web-based collaborative real-time editor, allowing authors to simultaneously edit a text document, and see all of the participants' edits in real-time, with the ability to display each author's text in their own color. There is also a chat box in the sidebar to allow meta communication.

First launched in November 2008, the software was acquired by Google in December 2009 and released as open source later that month. Several services now use the Etherpad software, including PiratePad, Telecomix Pad, Framapad, Mozilla Pad (MoPad), PrimaryPad,,, TitanPad and Further development is coordinated by the Etherpad Foundation.

Learning today happens everywhere. But it's often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen online or out of school. Mozilla Open Badges helps solve that problem, making it easy for any organization to issue, manage and display digital badges across the web.

Web literacy development standards from Mozilla
Inforomation from the Mozilla Wiki - so educators can join in and contribute!
The Mozilla Foundation has a vision of a web literate planet. We've built some tools to help with this and now we're asking the question:What are the skills, competencies and literacies necessary to read, write and participate in the Web - now and in the future? We've already started the thinking but we want to go further and develop a web literacy standard that we can all align with and teach to. And we need your help.

Wondering What a Mooc is??

#etmooc: A Midterm Review of Connectivity, Collaboration, and Learning


Digital and Media Literacy

Digital Literacy is the Bedrock for Lifelong Learning by Vanessa Vega (2011)
Bridging the digital divide means more than just access to devices, it includes digital literacy, which ensures informed citizens and the birth of new ideas.
Why Media Literacy is Not Just for Kids by Suzie Boss (2011)
Blogger and education journalist Suzie Boss proposes that media and digital literacy is not just for students, but essential for all citizens nationwide.
The New Literacy: Scenes from the Digital Divide 2.0 by Richard Rapaport (2009)
Just as one cyber gulf narrows, another has threatened to take its place.
A Digital-Literacy Maven's Favorite Web Links by Michele Knobel (2009)
A professor of education uses these websites and resources to help prepare tomorrow's teachers for working with "digital natives" in the classroom.
Students Evolve from Consumers to Critics and Creators by Ken Ellis (2005)
Critical-thinking skills -- and fluency in multimedia production -- are integral to media literacy.

Jolly jumping Mic!

Oh I love jolly jumpers!!! I wish there was an adult version of one available...

Here's Micaela and Taylor "dancing" to a little highland music....