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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
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5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Week 4 and 5: Information Literacy

We are bombarded daily with information from the media, newspapers, magazines, radio, and the World Wide Web. Is all information equal? Is it accurate, worthy of our attention? How do you decide which information to take in and which to discard? What is information literacy? How will you teach your students about information literacy? Use the following Link on Information Literacy (written by a vocational education teacher in Australia) to help guide your response:

As defined by Blackall (2005), digital literacy (synonymous with information literacy) is related to a persons ability "to access the internet; find, manage and edit digital information; join in communications; and otherwise engage with an online information and communications network".  In a CTAE program digital literacy is very important as technology is constantly changing and everything in a textbook is not always the most updated information.  As a teacher I decide what is relevant (what to keep and discard) based on the source that the information comes from.  One thing about the internet is that good information is typically going to be available on multiple web pages, therefore cross checking sources is a possible option. Looking at dates is also key.  Information needs to be accurate and up to date. 

Every day my students use the internet to research a new technology and then write about it, to later share with the class.  This has been a very valuable experience not only in that we learn about a lot of new technology, but also that I can spend this time discussing and building digital literacy skills.  At the beginning of the year I provide them with credible sources that they can choose from, but they also are able to find sources on their own.  When presenting the students are required to provide the source. If information seems far fetched or not accurate we could use this time to check the source, and its credibility. 

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