Friday, 27 May 2016

Digital Literacy - Teaching will never be the same

Digital Literacy – Teaching will never be the same

I taught an adult religion class for about ten years.  I really enjoyed it. I worked very hard on each lesson I delivered. But there was one aspect of teaching that I just didn't like. If a particular lesson got a lot of positive feedback, I worried about the next lesson being just as good (or better).  I put a lot of pressure on myself.  I competed with myself week after week and felt every time had to be better than the last. I knew in my head I was far too critical of my own work. The proof was in the retention of the number of learners that attended every lesson. I prepared each lesson very thoroughly with plenty of examples and current events to support what I taught.  I kept to the plan and followed the structure of the lesson, and the lesson worked every time.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Comic Books and the WWW

Several years ago, I had a job as a graphic artist which involved 
colouring comic books on a computer. Because the company ran shifts 24/7, the group of people who worked all night talked all night while they worked; it helped to pass the time. One night while I was just setting up to start my 9.00 pm shift, one of my fellow workers came in and started talking about a forum he had just attended where the speaker was discussing something called the “World Wide Web” and how everyone in the world would be connected and talking to each other and sharing information. It was all started by the military and I remember someone mentioned something about the “New World Order”.  It all sounded like something out of a Sci-Fi film. 

Digital Literacy and Teaching

After all the work I have done to complete this qualification, I am told I can teach digital literacy. Thirty weeks of my life and lots of writing, researching, learning new tools, and figuring out how to apply them in a classroom with learners – I can officially start teaching the subject. Yay, me. 

Monday, 23 May 2016

Technology Takes Over My Life

On Sunday, Husband and I went to B&Q. We only needed to pick
up a few items and then be on our way.  The weather was good and we had things to do. We couldn't help but notice there was only one human in the checkout lane; the rest of the lanes were self-service lanes. Uh-oh. It has come to this. We are on our own.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Teaching Observation

My Teaching is Being Observed

My last teaching job in the United States was at rural middle school. I taught 8th graders several subject areas and the school principal would occasionally stand in the hallway, maybe stick his head in the class for a minute or two, and give me a thumbs up. Twice a year he would actually wander in the class – often unnoticed by me, sit in a corner and observe my teaching.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Part 2: Online Presentation Task & Lesson Plan

Using Online Presentation Tools
Lesson Plan Part 2 & Resources for Digital Literacy 

It's good to keep track of the digital tools used and what they
were used for (collaboration, mindmapping, etc.).  It's also good to work out the advantages and disadvantages of those digital tools. 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

How Do You Assess Digital Literacy?

With a subject that is newly evolving and still developing: How do you assess Digital Literacy?

Open University begins with these questions:

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Part 1: Online Presentation Task & Lesson Plan

Confession: This Teaching Digital Literacy - it's starting to win me over. Well, this is a confession blog and I am confessing that I am starting to see the purpose or rather, the vision of how I will develop and teach this subject. In light of my recent rants - I am so ashamed. 

Anyway, I have created a digital presentation assignment/task that covers several of the strands of digital literacy (see previous blog entry on the six strands). Along with the assignment is the lesson plan

I am sharing this with you - please feel free to adapt, edit, tweak or use this information in anyway that will support you teaching the subject. 

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Evaluate the Effectiveness of Learning

To be able to evaluate the effectiveness of learning technologies, tools and techniques, I need to go back to the beginning when we were asked, “What is Digital Literacy?” 

Monday, 9 May 2016

Digital Literacy Lesson Plans

As part of my qualification, I have to write some lesson plans. Here are 5 Lesson Plans that you may use, adapt, or edit that may help.  These lessons were written with Essential Skills Wales in mind; and cross referenced to the WJEC standards. 

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Am I Digitally Literate Yet?

This is my 62nd post – am I digitally literate yet? Do I feel any different than I did when I first started this course? My blog title, “Reflections of a Digitally Literate Wannabe” suggests that the end goal was to be a digitally literate super teacher that can throw some awesome apps down with unsurmountable know-how at the speed of lightening and always with a back-up plan.  Have I achieved that? Well, no really. If I am to be perfectly honest…not even close.

Application of Knowledge: Digital Literacy Skills Checklist

Knowledge is really about the accumulation of facts and ideas that we acquire through study, research, investigation, observation, or exp...