#4 Digital Fluency

I’d always thought literacy and fluency were similar or the same in meaning. After some research and this weeks tasks, I’ve learnt that I am digitally literate when using most programs and devices, although I am not digitally fluent at them, and my skills could use some tweaking and building. The link below describes the differences well and in a visual way, it also has a discussion on the topic relating to everyday life.

 http://www.socialens.com/blog/2011/02/05/the-difference-between-digital-literacy-and-digital-fluency/A specific task of creating a scratch animation was assigned as a part of this week’s study. Frustration, impatience and a feeling of defeat were some emotions I had to get past after quite a few attempts at using this program. I feel this program would be beneficial if used within the classroom although some things to consider would be time, as it would take a lot of time for new users to learn the ropes and after discussion with peers it was thought that it would suit older primary students or high school aged students as it does require certain skills to get an effective outcome of an engaging animation. Watch this YouTube clip to see how year 4 students used and enjoyed the program when learning programming skills within their classroom http://youtu.be/g5YoITDt6kQ . They seemed quite confident with their skills they were learning and I feel it would make a great group assignment.

As far as using this program for introducing new ideas or lesson topics, a teacher could, if fluent with the program, create something quite engaging and entertaining to present to the students. If I were a teacher, I would use this program to create a presentation for parents using the children’s voices and characters we had designed together as a class, therefore involving students and capturing parents attention in a fun yet informative way as well.

Please have a look at the Mr Elephant scratch animation I created by clicking on the following http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/20538715/

References:

Digital fluency Image (2011). Retrieved from http://www.socialens.com/blog/2011/02/05/the-difference-between-digital-literacy-and-digital-fluency/

Developing children’s programming skills: Using scratch to introduce programming. (2013). You Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5YoITDt6kQ

 

 

 

 

 

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#3 Pinterest

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This week was digital exploration at its finest, who knew it could be so fun and consuming. I had to design a Pinterest site based around the types of digital information we may encounter. If Pinterest is something you have not engaged with or experienced, I strongly suggest you spend some time exploring it. Check out my Pinterest site here http://www.pinterest.com/mandykersley/digital-information/ This type of visual learning is right up my alley, relating pictures, photos, graphs with a topic to help grasp the concept and understanding. Bye Bye textbooks, digital devices are creating a new way of educating and the world seems to be embracing it head on. 

Having also had to mark two of my peers Pinterest sites with the provided marking rubric turned the task into a reality check. It helped me realise that marking can be quite challenging in the sense that as a human being, you do not want to crush someone’s efforts so using carefully selected wording in the small comment box was imperative and selecting which column grade was most suited isn’t easy as they can be so similar, sometimes only being different by one word! Biting the bullet… I had a go. I hope to become increasingly confident through my studies with marking and using rubrics as this will be a major part of my future career as a teacher.

On another note….I am not technology, but I can and will be able to use it to it’s full potential..someday. I will not be replaced.Image

 

 

#2 The Digital divide and Infographics

I have been fortunate enough to be brought up around digital technologies and have access to these on an everyday basis, unfortunately not everyone in the world has this luxury. The term given is ‘digital divide’, simply meaning the gap or imbalance between those who have and do not have access to information and communications technologies. The digital divide is evident not only in third world countries, but right here in Australia. What is the government doing about it you might ask? Well, it’s my belief that it’s not the government who are making a footprint and bridging the gap, it’s non-profit organisations such as One Laptop per Child (OLPC) founded by Nicholas Negroponte. Read more on this by following the link https://www.laptop.org.au/ .

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A new encounter with digital technology this week for me was to design, create and post an Infographic to our discussion board for feedback and to reflect on the differences between how each of my peers constructed their Infographic and how effective they were in portraying the meaning of the ‘digital divide’ through a visual mode. Finding this task to be foreign ground, research lead me to piecing together something quite eye catching. Comparing my Infographic to others and considering peer feedback, I’ve realised there is a few things that could have been changed or done differently to increase the effectiveness of my creation such as more information and photographics of the rawness and reality of the topic. Please check it out below…Image