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Various Resources compiled by Dr. Alec Couros
Digital Literacies & Emerging Technologies
Exploring Web 2.0: Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts & Social Sharing
“Web 2.0 refers to a perceived or proposed generation of Internet-based services - such as social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies - that emphasize Internet-based sharing among users.” (
Digital Story Telling
Putting It All Together (RSS)
Check out many other Web 2.0 at "
Best of the Best Web 2.0 Apps
my current list of great Web 2.0 tools and free software
MySpace, IM and Other Social Networks
Social Networks: "A social network is a map of the relationships between individuals, indicating the ways in which they are connected through various social familiarities ranging from casual acquaintance to close familial bonds." (
Social networking sites typically let users develop a list of friends (a.k.a. the buddy list)
You can explore your friends' buddy lists and find people with similar interests.
You can perform a number of online activities: blogging, media-sharing, commenting, testimonials.
You can personalize your 'space' easily using themes and widgets to make it look different from other people's.
Research into online, educational social networks via Google Scholar.
The Impact of Digital Literacies on Education
“The new literacies include the skills, strategies, and insights necessary to successfully exploit the rapidly changing information and communication technologies that continuously emerge in our world. A more precise definition of the new literacies may never be possible to achieve since their most important characteristic is that they regularly change; as new technologies for information and communication continually appear, new literacies emerge (Bruce, 1997; Leu, in press a; Reinking, 1998). Moreover, these changes often take place faster than we are able to completely evaluate them. Regular change is a defining characteristic of the new literacies."
"This simple observation has profound consequences for literacy and literacy education. The continuously changing technologies of literacy mean that we must help children learn how to learn new technologies of literacy. In fact, the ability to learn continuously changing technologies for literacy may be a more critical target than learning any particular technology of literacy itself." (Leu,
The New Literacies
"Computers, along with multimedia software and hardware, help us express our ideas as animations, video poems, slide shows, interactive movies, virtual environments, and other forms yet to be created. As we create these new texts, we are changing how we define literacy." (B. Reilly, 'New Technologies, New Literacies, New Patterns' (in C. Fisher, D.C. Dwyer & K. Yocam (eds.),
Education and Technology: reflections on computing in classrooms
(San Francisco, 1996), p.218)
"Knowledge and learning are almost always viewed in forms associated with current literacies; they appear to us through the lens of a literacy." (A.A. diSessa,
Changing Minds: computers, learning, and literacy
(London, 2000), p.65)
Educating the Net Generation
Digital Immigrants, Digital Natives
(by Marc Prensky)
A New Crop of Kids: Generation We
What Teens & Tweens Are Really Doing Online
Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age
(George Siemens - U of Manitoba)
(George Siemens - U of Manitoba)
The New Face of Learning
Investigating Children's Emerging Digital Literacies
(Ba, Tally & Tsikalas)
Witness to the Decline of Books
Could This Be the Final Chapter In the Life of the Book
UT, Google to Put University's Books Online
Synthesizing the Pieces: New Literacies and Educational Reform
A Stand Against Wikipedia
(Inside Higher Ed)
The Digital Native/Immigrant Dichotomy Revisited
Blogs on Educational Blogging
University Podcast Collection
Other Technology Related Issues:
CHUM Television Media Education
20 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have
(THE Journal - in my mind, outdated)
Killing Me Softly
(a classic video regarding gender, image and media)
(*** Parts of this wiki are adapted from the Wiki
How To Drink From A Firehouse
, by Desroches & Wall)
help on how to format text
Canadian Educational Bloggers
Copyright and Fair Use
Dark Side of the Internet
Open Source, Content, Publishing
Social Justice & Technology
Tech & Media Literacy Videos
Tools & Software
Pages and Files
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