Reflections for a Digital Age

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INF530 Concepts learning journey

22 October 2015

While Concepts course has long been over, the journey and impact is only beginning. Today, the Head Librarian and myself spoke to our schools Executive Curriculum Team to discuss the issue of digital citizenship across the school. This has been the culmination (and yet beginning) of addressing the gaps within our school environment.

It all began when I started at the school this year, and as part of the library team, we decided to focus on digital literacies and citizenship as part of our Library Strategic Plan. The Junior School library and technology teacher planned to adopt the language from:

 digital citizenship

Reference: Sandy Karas Liptak 

My own teaching practice during the year  focused on the elements of Information Literacy and Creative Credit and Copyright for the upper elementary students.

Common_Sense framework

 

However, it was my immersion into the research literature covered during INF530, and my final assessment with its implications for digital citizenship within our school, that moved me forward. Conversations about teacher perceptions led me to develop a survey, which while only a small percentage of teaching cohort answered, was still enough to indicate concerns and gaps in what teachers felt they needed to support embedding digital citizenship within the curriculum. My next step was to attend a Saturday workshop: Citizenship & Resilience in the Digital Age…A Common Sense Approach with Robyn Treyvaud and to record that particular learning journey.  What I realized through my research and professional development (see image above), that there was a lot more to (digital) citizenship than what we taught within our digital literacies library sessions, and that it wasn’t only the Library or Technology Department that was responsible.  More conversations (and meetings) followed, a student survey created (but not yet implemented). Leading up to today…and this term, where, I am now starting conversations with my year 4 students using the wonderful concept by Craig Badura of a Digital Citizenship Survival Kit. Still early days. Yet, I am excited for the initiatives to follow.

31 May 2015

Time has flown. I have just ‘published’ my digital essay on Storify and now on to writing the critical reflection. I still have some module readings to complete, but that will feel like relaxation, once I have submitted the digital essay assessment. I have been rereading over my own blog reflections, and been amazed at the content and journey followed since this course began. For all the time spent huddled over the laptop, it has definitely been worth it!

10 May 2015

Well I am getting lost in resources for my digital essay, and starting to get that ‘infowhelm’ feeling. I know it will pass (I hope).

And so today I am juggling digital citizenship and module readings.

While I scanned the information, I still have to reflect on Mod 4.2 but that does not grab me at the moment, so will return to Geospacial Learning at a later date. I continued on to read Mod 4.3 Information Ethics, which definitely does resonate on a social justice level for me. The video on The Future of Search by Jemima Kiss was excellent – where is all this leading to, I wonder. I think we are becoming used to the idea of ‘big brother’ always there. A bit scarey really.

Then I moved on to read about WikiLeaks. Read and Reflect. Check out the information at http://wikileaks.org/About.html.

I found it interesting reading about the broader principles and overview of Wikileaks. I found myself in agreement when it was observed “the world’s publishing media becoming less independent and far less willing to ask the hard questions of government, corporations and other institutions” . It is an area I believe where the media is losing public trust due to the policies and directions of the ownership of some of these media corporations.
I also appreciated reading about their ‘harm minimisation procedure’. It would be a major concern that in exposing ‘truths’ into the public arena, then innocent people are going to suffer as a result. There is certainly alot of issues wrapped up with this.
I do wonder about the impact of it’s founder’s, Julian Assange, public notoriety has had upon the organization. An interesting read was Reflections on Wikileaks by the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. In the meantime, I am sure Wikileaks will continue to have a role to play in global information ethics in the years to come.

 

5 May 2015

In the meantime, I am continuing with Module 4.1 readings which is looking at Globalization of Learning.  I have just listened to TEDTalks by Michael Wesch and Pankaj Ghemawat .

I must admit that listening to both is a bit of a reality check. We have been reading about dynamic networks, the networked society,   connected and globalized learning. And yes, this is the path that we are moving along and toward. Yet it is not the whole picture. We are not there yet. There is the digital divide. There is also discrepancy between what we perceive and what actually is.  Michael Wesch commented – we are on a ‘razors edge’ between a hopeful and more ominous future. These are quite challenging to realize, and important perspectives, especially when you consider the ‘home biases’ of different countries.

My own experiences as an educator about learning pathways is more a personal story and a story of my own professional learning pathways.  While I have not participated in any major across school/globe collaborative endeavours, there have been small connections such as the IASL Bookmark Project. Rather, my personal story has seen my own children follow those global learning paths as ‘third culture kids’ and I have been fortunate to have colleagues and friends from around the globe who have impacted my own professional development and teaching practice. Finally, to have taught in IB international schools  and  have embraced the International Baccalaureate and the core attributes of the Learner Profile has been an important learning pathway for myself.

So in summary, if pressed, what IS important for learning now? I would say to inculcate an ‘openness’ within our students, so that they ask questions and keep asking questions; and even more importantly that they recognize the importance of failing  for both learning and life, and they understand that everything we do is connected.  Maybe as teachers we need to stand back alot more than we do to ensure that they can.

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5 May 2015

It seems to have been a week of feeling overwhelmed. Our first assignment was returned, and the general feeling from the cohort, and myself, was a sense of deflation, of anxiety perhaps. Nothing like having to reflect and to move on, and hopefully learn from experiences. Well, I have sent in my proposal and it has been approved for my digital essay.

I have decided to focus on digital citizenship as it touches on my own teaching, and is also a strategic focus area within my school environment.  I roughly jotted out the points below, but what definitely interests me is the movement toward a broader concept of citizenship. In conversations with other librarians I am hearing that we ‘drop’ the digital and focus on citizenship. That what traditionally we have covered within our programmes – while still very much essential e.g. intellectual property, copyright, creative commons, creation (involving re-use and remix) and referencing etc – and needs to be explicitly taught (especially to our younger students) – that these core concepts are not ‘stand alone’ and separate, but part of their daily lives in everything they do. They are ‘connectors’. There is an overlap with digital literacy, or perhaps digital citizenship comes under the umbrella of digital literacy.

So, I am not sure if the below format will change. I will start my readings and see how this journey progresses. Early days.

Digital citizenship

  •     Research

          Definition/s – moving beyond narrow definitions toward broader concept of citizenship? What it means to be ethical? Digital identity? Creativity and connection.  Access and control.  

Information practices

  • Intellectual property

o   Copyright

o   creative commons

 remix – advantages and disadvantages for our students

  • Frameworks – embedding into curriculum?

o    e.g. Commonsense Media and others

  • Connected learning – Exemplars – from different schools, my own?
  • Resources (not sure if these should be a separate section or incorporated within each of the focus sub-topics.
  • Conclusion
  • References

25 April 2015

A catch up study day and using the time to visit blogs of my INF530 colleagues. Awe inspiring…really, of the stimulating thoughts and reflections posed. I have to add a wonderful resource about Where do ideas come from by Steven Johnson (PBS, 2014) , posted by colleague Katherine Herbert on her blog. It really resonated with me, and is something that I think should be watched by our students.

p.s. must ask for where to find great images too for my blog!

19 April 2015

Well, I uploaded my Scholarly Critical Review yesterday. I am happy with the way the review unfolded. However, I am now in a dither, trying to reorient myself, back to the course readings, reflective comments and the next blog task. Where to start? It is difficult to get back on track when your focus has been on one point.  Off to Year 4 school camp tomorrow, for the next 3 days, so that will also affect this week’s study plans!

10 April 2015

I have been reading Redesigning Education: Shaping Learning Systems around the Globe  which is my selected text for the Scholarly Book Review. It has been a balancing act of work, study and life, with our daughter’s wedding and long scheduled holiday plans all mixed together. So, the past two days have sat myself down in an air-conditioned room on Langkawi, Malaysia and have started!

Yvonne Barrett

23 March 2015

Great to be listening to the podcast about the Scholarly Book Review. It is very helpful to have Judy’s commentary, and to read colleagues questions. I feel a bit like a silent lurker, though added comments myself.

16 March 2015

Well, finally uploaded my first assessment task blog for ‘Concepts’. I must admit, to being a bit unsure re referencing (which is my field!) when it came to referencing course material. I have put a question to the study centre, and hopefully this will be clarified.

I am on the last chapter 1.6 for Module 1. I have found this background module to be extremely interesting. While some information was familiar, others were not. I also appreciated having access to different forms of resources eg. video as well as the written text.

I am interested overall in how our educational structures are going to transform themselves. Yes, education has come along way in the past 20 years since I first entered teaching, but I worry that we are trying to force ’round pegs into square holes’ if schools limit themselves to the ‘four walls of the classroom’. Even such a simple thing as changing starting times for senior/secondary students when all the research points to learning = later start times should be something easily established. I am sure some schools have done this, but shouldn’t change like this happen on a macro and not micro scale?

I am embedding the Connected Learning infographic here as a reminder that yes, there is movement abroad.

Connected Learning

8 March 2015

I am gradually moving through module 1, though have experienced some ansgt with using tools such as my Evernote this week.

I have started module 1.4 and it seems opportune as I have been covering search engines with my year 5 classes this past week.  This included using advanced search techniques such as with Google Advanced Search, but also discussing the importance of being aware of choosing the right search engine for their information need.  Browsing through Judy O’Connell’s livebinder reminded me of some search engines that I know about, but did not cover. I think I will be extending this lesson by another week! I have a Libguides page for the upper primary so will be adding extra links to the Search Engines tab.

I have been a fan of Stephen Heppell too for quite a few years now. So to also listen to one of his video podcasts – Future of Learning –  was beneficial. I particularly like his statement: “It’s not the information age, it’s the learning age!”.

 

1 March 2015

Well, have started the readings. Feeling a ‘wee bit overwhelmed’.  I know that all will fall into place, yet it is early days, and still figuring out study routines, to fit alongside work and family commitments. I am very mindful that balance is important. I was fortunate to have public holidays last week, which allowed me to get started with the blog, and the nitty gritty ‘stuff’.

I am using Evernote for my notes. I like how I can use it regardless of which device I am using. I still like pen and paper, and as I mentioned in Inf541, am using the Cornell Study Method for these notes on the set readings. It seems to help consolidate the information as I progress through.

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2 thoughts on “INF530 Concepts learning journey

    1. thanks Lyn, I have edited your blog link. I actually found Nadine’s so the link on my blog should work.
      Yay, Friday, and a weekend to spend on study 🙂
      All the best
      Yvonne

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