Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Resource for Teaching Digital Citizenship

From Cable In The Classroom:  95% of teenagers use the Internet. It's up to us to teach them how to use this technology responsibly! CIC brings you InCtrl, a series of free, standards-based lessons that effectively teaches key digital citizenship concepts such as:
  • Cyberbullying
  • Ethics/Copyright
  • Privacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Information Literacy
  • Communication & Collaboration
InCtrl is matched to Common Core State Standards and the ISTE NETS and can be taught in any subject. Each lesson contains videos, background information, and activity ideas and is designed to engage students in grades 4-8th through inquiry-based activities. These lessons can be used as a series or individually

Should transliteracy replace language arts?

Recently ISTE solicited responses to this question (Should transliteracy replace language arts?) and in the latest (Sept-Oct 2013) issue of its "Learning & Leading With Technology" publication, it includes the point and counterpoint.

If you don't have this issue (which is not yet available online) you might still be interested in some of the responses posted on
this web page.  (Note: you need to be a member of LINKED IN in order to read the responses, so if you're not yet a member, now might be a good time to join.)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Teachers Look to Film to Foster Critical Thinking

NCTE consultant Frank Baker and NCTE author John Golden discuss using film in the classroom.  Education Week, August 15, 2013


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What does it mean to be literate in the 21st Century?

The writer, in this opinion piece published in The American Thinker, considers what it means to be literate in the 21st century. The times are certainly changing: but are teachers ready (and are they being prepared) to meet the challenges?