Stanford Summer Teaching Institute – Day 1 Part 1: Digital Literacy

Instructors: Pam Levine, Shawn Nak-Kyung (Shawn) Kim

Goals for course

  • framework for integrating ICT
  • confidence in approaching ed tec
  • case studies
  • small number of new tools and practices

See for all course outlines

Quadrant exercise:

Look at aspects of your classroom work in terms of:

  • low- high confidence
  • low- high passion

For example – feedback, discussions classroom management.

Examine each in the light of what response each quadrant deserves/needs.

Participants from a range of countries including Sweden, India,  HK (introducing technology to schools)

(concerns re appropriate technology for schools, compared to traditional methods).

SAMR model – classifying tasks on S A M R basis, 

Digital literacy

Saturate and group method – method from d-school

Digital literacy – groups of 4 or 5 use post it notes to name up the elements of digital literacy and digital citizenship. Then participants group these into logical categories, walk around other groups and reflect.

Frameworks and standards.

Do our standards cover all of the aspects identified? Maybe – but not the “general skills” stuff, so well. Clear link between Australian Curriculum and the digital literacy/citizenship skills however (probably better than other standards).

Common Core places emphasis on USING technology to achieve standards, but not so much assessment/teaching of technology skills. Underlying skills need to be explicitly taught.

Anecdote: “In Palo Alto, 2 miles from Google, I assumed my kids would have technology skills, but I am only 50% correct”

In particular, online behaviour and identity are a vacuum for most students.

Tools to teach digital literacy

Google provides tips and tricks that help information literacy. eg A Google A Day

Strategy to use AGAD:

  • Set up teams
  • Ask students to share their own search tips
  • What worked. Crowdsource ideas for search strategies.
  • A game a week to keep research happening.

Google’s Good to Know Site for staying safe and secure online.

Common Sense Media’s digital bytes has suggestions and links to specific topics, rather than just an idea a day. for example.

Haiku Deck

HaikuDeck adds the correct CC citation for photos for use in schools, CC images, creates cited images, as part of the exported slides. This can help raise awareness of IP and copyright.

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