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Links 1 through 10 of 58 by Vance Stevens tagged literacy

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Changing language, changing learners, changing teachers
Posted by Mark in E-learning, TESOL

AILA 2011: The 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics
Beijing, China
23-28 August, 2011

One of the major themes running through the 16th AILA Congress was the relationship of new technologies to language teaching. Over the course of six days, presenters from around the world discussed changing teacher training, changing teaching, and changing language – especially the growing importance of digital literacies.

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kudos to my friend and former graduate student Mike Plugh for retrieving and uploading a 15 minute segment from the PBS program Currents featuring an interview with Neil Postman,

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Language Learning & Technology 2010, Volume 14, Number 3pp. 2–9
in recent years. Static Web sites have been displaced as the core of the Web by an ever-increasing number of services allowing peer-to-peer and peer-to-many communication. Access to Internet data may come through a conventional Web browser or, increasingly, through dedicated applications on a mobile device.  ... The lives of our students increasingly are invested in ... networked collaborative, social, or gaming activities. One of our challenges today as language educators is to find creative and effective ways to leverage our students’ heavy investment in social networking to promote and facilitate language learning. Much has changed since 2000, yet a number of concepts and analyses from that LLT issue can be effectively applied to our tech world of today.

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Access to many media empowers only those who know how to use them. We need to go beyond skills and technologies. We need to think in terms of literacies. And we need to expand our thinking of digital skills or information literacies to include social media literacies.

Social media—networked digital media such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and wikis—enable people to socialize, organize, learn, play, and engage in commerce. The part that makes social media social is that technical skills need to be exercised in concert with others: encoding, decoding, and community.

I focus on five social media literacies:

* Attention
* Participation
* Collaboration
* Network awareness
* Critical consumption

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Innovative language arts teachers find that adapting writing instruction to technology can enhance engagement without sacrificing the fundamentals.
By Liana Heitin

The nature of writing has shifted in recent years. There are very few—if any—jobs these days for which employees produce lengthy handwritten reports. News stories are an integration of words, images, audio, and website links. College applications are all online, and some schools are beginning to accept videos in place of essays. A friendly letter is more likely composed on a smartphone than on stationary.

So why does writing in school still so often involve a pen, paper, and a hardbound print dictionary?

“Schools are in catch-up mode,” says Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, of the National Writing Project. Outside of their classes, students most often encounter digital writing—that is, writing created or read on a computer or other Internet-connected device, as defined in the book Eidman-Aadahl co-authored.

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On this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers Renee Hobbs discusses her white paper, “Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action,” published in November 2010. You will enjoy this podcast if, like Renee, you have had enough of “gee-wiz” gaping over new technology tools.” In her work, Renee seeks to identify and support projects and communities (perhaps like yours) where educators are shifting towards “a focus on critical thinking and communication skills” (xii Digital and Media Literacy). On this podcast you’ll hear what Renee’s plan of action is all about. Let’s put ourselves on the map of existing resources as well following up on these other recommendations from the Executive Summary:

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Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action

Every American needs a set of competencies that enable them to use technology, access information, critically analyze media messages, and create using multimedia skills. In a white paper by Renee Hobbs by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute, ten action steps are proposed as a way to improve digital and media literacy education over the next three years.

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This is a wow presentation that rattles off ideas for researching and telling one's own digital story one after another. Starts with search techniques: Sculpture by the Sea web site has a twitter feed, people carry mobile devices, can give opinions, take pictures, tag them. Google search gives you a feed. Blog search for people's opinions, technorati, Twitter using hash tags, photos tagged on Flickr, mapping service to show locations (cell phones geotag photos) - shows in screen cast with embedded web cam how to add RSS feeds to help you feed search results to you; e.g. to a Netvibes page. Talks about sending students out to use phones to take pictures, get recordings, videos. Presentation: Voicethread, Animoto,, makes panoramas from single photos, for creating ARG presentations, Google forms to collect data and present it in spreadsheet, charts, etc (does conditional branching)

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