What is the difference between the terms information, digital, and Web literacy? If one peruses the literature, it’s easy to see that these terms are often used interchangeably, but I found it helpful to make some distinctions, so teachers can zero in on the specific skills and strategies students need to know. According to the … More What’s the Difference: Information Literacy, Digital Literacy, Web Literacy?
Notetaking may be one of the most challenging skills to teach students of just about all ages. Teachers face this daunting task, often with their own limited experiences with notetaking. When my son was in middle school, one of his teachers spent the class time writing his outline for the chapter on the board for … More Reconceptualizing Notetaking
You are probably used to seeing a time indicator for the length of a video on You Tube. After seeing the amount of time for a video, you likely make a decision about if or when you will view the video. Well, a similar time indicator is appearing on website articles and blog posts. I … More Are We Reading the Web or Is the Web Reading Us?
In part one of this blog post I questioned the SAMR model and broached the idea that reading digital text is similar to reading print text, but actually is more complex. The lowest level of the SAMR model is substitution – when we ask student to basically use similar processes to complete a task, but … More Brain Power for Reading Digital Texts – Part 2
The SAMR model, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, sets the goal of transforming learning experiences, through technology, thus leading to higher achievement for students. As a teacher, myself, I have found the model to be useful in conceptualizing ways of integrating technology into my teaching that doesn’t just replicate what we could be doing with … More The Brain Power for Reading Digital Text
I am interested in digital reading, whether it’s an e-book novel, an informational website, or an e-textbook for my students. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a fanatic who wants to go totally digital. I still love to read on paper too. Don’t even try to take away my morning newspaper or the … More On Understanding the Digital Reading Process
Parents worry about Internet safety. School districts put up firewalls, fearing students will access unsafe websites. Students are warned against giving out personal information online. Some teachers shy away from having students do open searches on the Internet for fear chaos will break out. With all of this protection going on (and I don’t mean … More What Does It Mean to be a Digital Citizen?