Teaching new literacy in a digital environment

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Teaching new literacy in a digital environmentTeaching new literacy in a digital environmentICT Teaching-and-learning for new teacherintroduction the first revolution came with the invention of language; the second revolution came in the fifteenth century with the advent of printing; the third revolution came only during the last decades of the 20th century, Information Technology or IT came with computers and peripheral devices such as printers, floppy disks and digital cameras. Information and Communication Technology or ICT is the term used for high technologies for information and communication, including computers, mobile games, the Internet and the World Wide Web. The meaning of digital teaching-and-learning The advent of ICT appears to have created a big problem in our schools today. The problem is the rapidly growing gap between the young people in the classroom and the adult teachers who teach them. Educators have yet to fully admit that the digital environment affecting our new learners today is radically different from that experienced by them when they themselves were learners. Most of our teachers who lived in an age of widening mass communication have been schooled by textbooks and mass media as their main sources of information and knowledge.Discovering the digital worldFor teachers with little experienced on the internet open various search engines and use them looking at information you wish to know, and these are: Google, Yahoo, Dogpile, Alta Vista, We Crawler, Hotbot, Excite, Lycos, Search Found and others; open social network sites, especially the Facebook and Youtube; open blog sites for writings of so many interest-art, politics, religion, etc.; look for music and download free music; look for current news and historical events; try online commerce and see the wide range of products available for purchase , especially books; play video games; look for education sites.Digital LiteraciesRefers to reading and writing, using electronic extensions-reading through monitor screen and internet surfing and writing through texting, keyboarding, emailing, blogging, editing, photo-video postings. (Anderson, 2010). Specifically forming part of ditigal literacies are: use of ICT skills to create and share information searching, sifting, scanning and sorting information navigating screens of information locating and evaluating information using ICT for research and problem-solving making power point and other multimedia presentations retrieving, organizing, managing and creating information sending and receiving messages Literacy to new fluencicies of 21st century young learnersINFORMATION FLUENCYSOLUTION FLUENCY COLLABORATION FLUENCYMEDIA FLUENCYCREATIVITY INFLUENCYCHANGES OF TEACHER ROLE USING ictKnowlegde transmitter - Facilitator, collaborator, coachPrimary source of information - Navigator of knowledge, co-learnerControl and management of learning - Teacher gives students options & responsibilities for their own learningChanges brought about by use of ict on student rolePassive recipient of knowledge Active participant in learningRecall of knowledge Producing knowledgeIndividual learning Collaborative learningInternet learning activitiesInquiry-oriented cooperative learning.WebQuests.ThematicWeb Collections.Open-ended, student-directed research projects.Publishing original ideas and thoughts.Fieldtrips.Project-based learning.Among the key features of effective projects are:Use of essential skills and tools, including technology;Specific outcomes that solve problems, explain issues, presents information gathered through investigation, research and reasoning.Multiple products needing feedback and experiential opportunities; performance based assessmentsCollaboration in small groups, student presentations and class evaluation of project outcomes


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