warnick + digitalliteracies   40

Yes, Digital Literacy. But Which One?
Great essay by Mike Caulfield on the limits of heuristic-based information literacy frameworks: "What is the digital literacy I want? I want something that is actually digital, something that deals with the particular affordances of the web, and gives students a knowledge of how to use specific web tools and techniques. I want something that recognizes that domain knowledge is crucial to literacy, something that puts an end to helicopter-dropping students into broadly different domains. I want a literacy that at least considers the possibility that students in an American democracy should know what the Center for American Progress and Cato are, a literacy that considers that we might teach these things directly, rather than expecting them to RADCAB their way to it on an individual basis. It might also make sense (crazy, I know!) that students understand the various ideologies and internet cultures that underlie a lot of what they see online, rather than fumbling their way toward it individually."
mikecaulfield  literacy  digitalliteracies  truth 
june 2017 by warnick
Software Carpentry
"Since 1998, Software Carpentry has been teaching researchers in science, engineering, medicine, and related disciplines the computing skills they need to get more done in less time and with less pain."
digitalliteracies  software  tutorials  programming  coding  profdev 
december 2016 by warnick
A better way to teach technical skills to a group
Great suggestions from Miriam Posner designed to solve a perpetual problem with in-class workshops: "The instructor issues directions while students try to keep up at each step. Some students accomplish each step quickly, but some students take a little longer to find the right menu item or remember where they’ve saved a file. No matter how often you tell students to please interrupt or raise a hand if they need help, most students won’t do this. They don’t want to slow everyone else down with what they’re sure is a stupid question. Eventually, these students stop trying to follow along, and the workshop becomes, in their minds, further evidence that they’re not cut out for this."
pedagogy  workshop  digitalliteracies  digitalhumanities  syllabus 
december 2016 by warnick
Review of Stuart Selber's Multiliteraties for a Digital Age
Nice summary by Daisy Pignetti and James A. Inman that can be shared with people who don't have time to read the whole book.
stuartselber  multiliteracies  bookreview  digitalliteracies 
july 2016 by warnick
Why We Need Social Paper
I don't know much about Social Paper (yet), but Erin Glass makes a beautiful argument for rethinking student writing as public writing: "Every year, enough papers are written by American students to almost reach the moon. And if one considers student writing globally, that distance expands beyond imagination. I want you picture this enormous chain of words stretching from earth and into outer space, and then I want you to ask yourself who is reading that writing. I want you to ask what we learn about the practical power of speech when we practice speaking to nobody."
writing  fyc  publication  writingstudies  digitalliteracies  digitalhumanities 
june 2016 by warnick
A Brief History of the Web and its Future Potential
Doug Belshaw: "We're at an interesting juncture in the history of web literacy. There are those coming to the web for the first time and who need to learn how to read and write it. However, instead of this being on the open web that many of us experienced, their welcome is from companies providing things for free in return for building up a comprehensive and privacy-invading advertising profile. Their 'participation' will be tracked as ours is. Thankfully, there is a growing realisation that web literacy is not something that necessarily comes naturally. People are not 'digital natives' and literacy is something that needs to be continually worked at. Web literacy is like traditional literacy practices — we evolve as they evolve, and vice-versa."
internet  history  digitalliteracies 
december 2014 by warnick
The Demise of the Pen
Nick Bilton, in the NY Times: "[T]he pen has finally lost its usefulness to the finger and the touch screens it controls. Unlike pens, fingers don’t run out of ink, they’re free and you always have one with you."
nickbilton  nytimes  writing  technology  literacy  digitalliteracies 
september 2014 by warnick
Alex Reid asks some important questions about "pedagogy, computers and writing, and the digital humanities"
"If a humanities education should prepare students to research, understand and communicate with diverse cultures and peoples, then how that preparation is not integrally and fundamentally digital is beyond me. We really don’t need to say 'digital literacy' anymore, because there is no postsecondary literacy that is not digital. Why is it that virtually every English major is required to take an entire course on Shakespeare but hardly any are required to have a disciplinary understanding of the media culture in which they are actually living and participating? (That’s a rhetorical question; we all know why.)"
alexreid  digitalhumanities  cwcon  digitalliteracies 
september 2014 by warnick
Confronting the Myth of the 'Digital Native'
The Chronicle: "'It is problematic that there are so many assumptions about how just because a young person grew up with digital media, which in fact many have, that they are automatically savvy,' Ms. Hargittai says. 'That is simply not the case. There are increasing amounts of empirical evidence to suggest the contrary.'"
chronicle  socialmedia  digitalliteracies  3844  onlineidentity  digitalself 
april 2014 by warnick
Crap Detection Resources
Nice list of tools and resources to help students improve their "crap detection" skills. Via Howard Rheingold, of course.
howardrheingold  crapdetection  digitalliteracies  3844 
march 2014 by warnick
What I learned at coding school
Michael Brendan Dougherty's funny take on the "everyone should learn to code" philosophy. My favorite bit: "A well-articulated preference for Sublime Text 2 doesn't help you get your work done, but it does signal that you're a part of the coding world."
coding  digitalculture  lifehacking  digitalliteracies  digitalhumanities 
february 2014 by warnick
No More Digitally Challenged Liberal-Arts Majors
William Pannapacker: "Based on what employers say they want, liberal-arts graduates should have a distinct advantage because they possess a breadth of experiences in a wide range of subjects, including quantitative and qualitative disciplines. They should have cultivated presentation skills and teamwork, and, maybe most of all, the ability to adapt, again and again, to the changing expectations of individual classes, projects, and co-curricular activities."
digitalliteracies  humanities  undergraduate  jobs  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
The dumbest generation? No, Twitter is making kids smarter
Clive Thompson points to Andrea Lunsford's work as proof that technology has a positive impact on today's students: "[T]echnology doesn’t just make students better writers or more fluent. Digital tools also let them communicate easily with others – their peers, their friends and the world at large. And this, it turns out, can make them even more powerfully motivated to become genuinely (and wittily) literate."
clivethompson  twitter  socialmedia  education  youth  digitalliteracies  3844 
september 2013 by warnick
When I Moved Online...
Nice digital literacy narrative in the NY Times by Tao Lin: "Before the Internet, my parents were privy to most of my world. They saw whom I interacted with, where I was, what I was doing.... After the Internet, my parents were privy to much less and would only rarely, and with decreasing frequency, ask about what they no longer knew. 'What did you do on the Internet today?' was not a question I remember being asked."
nytimes  digitalliteracies  literacynarrative  internetculture  3844 
september 2013 by warnick
The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools
New Pew Internet Report: "According to teachers, students’ exposure to a broader audience for their work and more feedback from peers encourages greater student investment in what they write and in the writing process as a whole."
pew  research  digitalliteracies  writing  pedagogy  3844 
september 2013 by warnick
Can You Actually Teach A Millennial How To Do Social Media?
Forbes report on a new graduate certificate in social media: "[M]illennials don’t have an innate ability to use social media strategically, and just because they can launch a Facebook page blindfolded or create Vine videos in their sleep doesn’t mean they understand business ROI. What tools should they be using? What will advance the interests of their company? What will resonate most with their target audience?"
forbes  socialmedia  millennials  pedagogy  digitalliteracies  3844  youth 
september 2013 by warnick
Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves
Promising early results from the One Laptop Per Child initiative: "Earlier this year, OLPC workers dropped off closed boxes containing the tablets, taped shut, with no instruction. 'I thought the kids would play with the boxes. Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, found the on-off switch … powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child, per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs in the village, and within five months, they had hacked Android,' Negroponte said."
education  digitalliteracies  onelaptopperchild  nicholasnegroponte 
november 2012 by warnick
Don’t just teach skills, train young journalists to be lifelong learners
Replace "journalism" with "English" or "technical communication" and Mindy McAdams could be writing about my students: "Most of them chose journalism because they like to write. Anything that involves HTML, CSS, code, or programming makes many of them almost shut down, shrink away, move toward the door. We have all kinds of challenges in journalism education, but this one is front and center, right now."
pedagogy  techcomm  programming  digitalliteracies 
september 2012 by warnick
Twitter Literacy (I refuse to make up a Twittery name for it)
Howard Rheingold: "I think successful use of Twitter means knowing how to tune the network of people you follow, and how to feed the network of people who follow you."
howardrheingold  twitter  multiliteracies  digitalliteracies  3844 
september 2012 by warnick
Sample Literacy Narratives
A playlist of videos that might help you consider the possibilities for your digital literacy narrative. Disclaimer: these videos aren't perfect, and some of them don't match the requirements for our assignment. Use them as inspiration, not models to be duplicated.
youtube  digitalliteracies  digitalstorytelling  3844 
september 2012 by warnick
Why Web Literacy Should Be Part of Every Education
Cathy Davidson and Mark Surman: "You don’t just learn 'about' reading: you learn to read. You don’t just learn 'about' arithmetic: you learn to count and calculate. You don’t just learn 'about' the web: you learn to make your own website."
cathydavidson  marksurman  digitalliteracies  internet  3844 
august 2012 by warnick
Digital Literacies and Web Literacies: What's the Difference?
Doug Belshaw: "Digital Literacies and Web Literacies at least overlap in some ways. The question to address now is to what extent they overlap. An easy way to do this would be to compare definitions of Web Literacies and Digital Literacies."
august 2012 by warnick
Millennials: They Aren’t So Tech Savvy After All
No surprise here: "Even as millennials (those born and raised around the turn of the century) enter college with far more exposure to computer and mobile technology than their parents ever did, professors are increasingly finding that their students' comfort zone is often limited to social media and Internet apps that don’t do much in the way of productivity."
digitalliteracies  millennials  myths  students  youth 
june 2012 by warnick
Could digital humanities to undergraduates could boost information literacy?
Inside Higher Ed: "With online gateways such as Google exerting a great deal of influence on how information is organized and presented, it is incumbent on humanities instructors to teach undergraduates how to read websites and digital discovery tools with the same critical vigilance with which they are taught to read textual arguments"
ihe  digitalliteracies  pedagogy  digitalhumanities 
january 2012 by warnick
Amy Gooloe's definition of digital literacy
A great definition of digital literacy geared toward students: "On a broad level, digital literacy refers to the ability to find, navigate, evaluate, and participate in digital environments for a variety of purposes. Digital literacy also includes the ability to adapt to new digital technologies as they emerge, so what counts as a digitally literate person is continually evolving."
amygoodloe  digitalliteracies  pedagogy  syllabus 
january 2012 by warnick
Why Kids Can’t Search
Clive Thompson looks at the reasons behind one huge gap in students' information literacies. "High school and college students may be “digital natives,” but they’re wretched at searching. In a recent experiment at Northwestern, when 102 undergraduates were asked to do some research online, none went to the trouble of checking the authors’ credentials. In 1955, we wondered why Johnny can’t read. Today the question is, why can’t Johnny search?"
clivethompson  wired  digitalliteracies  search 
january 2012 by warnick
Digital Literacies for Writing in Social Media
John Jones tackles a tough question: "How do we prepare our students to write effectively in environments that don't yet exist?"
johnjones  digitalliteracies  writing  pedagogy  fyc 
november 2011 by warnick
Social Media's Slow Slog Into the Ivory Towers of Academia
Nice article in the Atlantic debunking the notion of the "digital native": "Another set of issues stemming from the notions of 'digital native' is the lack of critical literacy. Since students of the Digital Age have not had to acclimate to this sweeping change from analog to digital and are assumed to possess some innate technological knowledge based solely on the year they were born, they don't necessarily have to acclimate to the sheer velocity of recent innovations."
socialmedia  highered  pedagogy  digitalliteracies  students 
september 2011 by warnick
Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade
Virginia Heffernan profiles Cathy Davidson in the NY Times. Davidson poses some great questions: "What if bad writing is a product of the form of writing required in school — the term paper — and not necessarily intrinsic to a student's natural writing style or thought process? What if 'research paper' is a category that invites, even requires, linguistic and syntactic gobbledygook?"
nytimes  virginiaheffernan  cathydavidson  academia  education  digitalliteracies  fyc 
august 2011 by warnick
The federal government's official "digital literacy portal," run by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Given that the site is "dedicated to spurring the advancement of digital literacy across all age groups and stages of learning," I'm not sure how useful it could possibly be, but it's interesting that the Obama administration is trying something in this arena.
digitalliteracies  government  education 
may 2011 by warnick
How College Students Use the Web to Conduct Everyday Life Research
Interesting study in First Monday that suggests students may be better at evaluating online information than typically thought. "Our theory proposes college students use a fairly involved process when evaluating — not just finding — certain kinds of Web content."
internet  research  digitalliteracies  students 
april 2011 by warnick
What do New Literacies Look Like?
Nice post by Kyle Stedman on new media literacies. Bottom line for teachers: "[I]lliterate people need training and practice in literacy to become effective in contexts where those literacies matter. And just as traditional text literacy can be taught, so can these other literacies, both through immersion in contexts where those literacies are used effectively (like a U.S. citizen moving to Japan to learn the language, or a seventy-five-year-old woman who spends hours online every day to learn the conventions used by effective websites) and through instruction from experts."
kylestedman  digitalliteracies  literacy  edtech 
april 2011 by warnick
What Are Digital Literacies? Let’s Ask the Students
Cathy Davidson: "... I asked undergraduate students in my two classes, 'This Is Your Brain on the Internet' and 'Twenty-First Century Literacies' to come up with a list of skills they had mastered in my peer-driven, peer-assessed, peer-led classes they had not gained elsewhere.  We might call these skills 'digital literacies.'"
digitalliteracies  cathydavidson  dmlcentral 
april 2011 by warnick
Designing Websites Under Information Technology Restrictions
An excellent list of suggestions that answer one key question: "What happens when we want our websites to be useful not only to the technology-savvy, but also to people with little IT background?"
webdesign  clients  consulting  digitalliteracies  engw3332 
november 2010 by warnick
George Siemens on 21st Century Skills
"Educators should constantly be experimenting with new technologies and pedagogies, refining their learning approach to constantly changing contexts."
edtech  georgesiemens  digitalliteracies  pedagogy 
november 2010 by warnick
Snarkmarket on "The New Liberal Arts"
"A generation of digital natives is careening towards college. The economy is rebooting itself weekly. We have new responsibilities now — as employees, citizens, and friends — and we have new capabilities, too. The new liberal arts equip us for a world like this. But… what are they?"
liberalarts  education  academia  digitalliteracies 
november 2010 by warnick
7 Essential Skills You Didn't Learn in College
Wired Magazine's proposed course descriptions for things we should be teaching in colleges. My (obvious) favorite: Writing for New Forms. "This course will teach you how to Photoshop images to create a narrative, edit a 20-second YouTube video, compress your thoughts into 140 characters (or clarify them into a PowerPoint presentation that won’t put your audience to sleep), write a wiki entry that encourages other people to edit and adapt it, and ensure your work goes viral, turning readers into vectors for your ideas."
academia  digitalliteracies  webwriting  technology  engw3332 
november 2010 by warnick
Cathy Davidson's "Twenty-First Century Literacies" Course Syllabus
Contains a nice list of 15 new literacies. Oh, and I love this: "Why is this an English class? Because it's hard to imagine what other department is better suited to helping us prepare, in practical and profound ways, for our future, for the highly unpredictable changes in how we read, write, and communicate that are reshaping school and work in the Information Age."
digitalliteracies  syllabus  cathydavidson 
september 2010 by warnick
Crap Detection 101
Video of Howard Rheingold discussing digital literacies, and critical consumption (or "crap detection") in particular. A little long and meandering in places, but a nice primer.
howardrheingold  digitalliteracies  crapdection  videos 
september 2010 by warnick

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