The idea behind Get Techy is for teachers to try ONE thing to move their instructional practice forward. Think of it as a “next strategy” into becoming more digitally literate in the learning environment.
Digital Literacy and Citizenship skills
Our students live in an interactive digital culture where they are used to accessing media whenever and wherever they want. In order to be literate in today’s media-rich environments, students need to develop knowledge, values, critical thinking, communication and information management skills for the digital age.
In Alberta, we look towards Alberta Education’s Learning and Technology Policy Framework (LTPF) in guiding this work in schools. In particular, Policy Direction 1: Student-Centred Learning where students will use technology, online learning and digital learning to:
- access, share and create knowledge
- discover, develop and apply competencies
- develop and apply digital citizenship and technological skills
- demonstrate what they know and are able to do through effectively using a range of resources and media
- monitor their learning progress and inform decisions through the use of data and evidence-based reasoning
Technology Competencies – all schools work on Global Citizen and choose to highlight one other Tech Competency throughout the year.
- Critical Thinker and Problem Solver
- Collaborator and Manager of Information
- Creator and Innovator
- Communicator and Goal Setter
- Global Citizen
- Assistive Technology, Basic Procedures, Coding, Communication Applications, Data Entry and Analysis, Digital Learning Environments, Multimedia, Search Skills, Writing and Publishing
Let’s Look at Privacy Basics
Common Sense Education has many thoughtful resources to support teachers and even parents when looking at digital resources. Take a look at a few specific Privacy Basics resources regarding Social Media.
Video – Twitter
Your Data Portrait
No, you don’t have to be an artist nor an amazing infographic graphic designer to create your own data portrait. It is an opportunity for both teachers and students to look at themselves in a pictorial way to create an understanding about ourselves and to continue to evolve with our experiences. A really fun activity and even more interesting discussion afterward! Read the blog post, do the activity, reflect and then watch the TED Talk.