Sunday, April 05, 2020

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

  • One of the few positive aspects of this pandemic has been the almost overwhelming outpouring of online resources, strategies and tools that have been shared at an intense rate among educators in Facebook groups, via Twitter and through countless other digital networks.

    tags: education curation

  • James, C., Weinstein, E., & Mendoza, K. (2019). This report points to a collection of core insights about young people and digital life from the emerging EDD research and also includes insights from academic research on media and children,focusing particularly on challenges that U.S. tweens and teens face in their digital lives. This research lays the foundation for Common Sense Education's updated Digital Citizenship Curriculum. We describe the curriculum's unique approach, grounded in Project Zero's research,which focuses on pedagogical strategies that support both student skills and dispositions. The following sections outline the six key topics covered in the curriculum and address the importance of a whole-community approach among educators, students, and parents in creating a thriving culture of digital citizenship.

    tags: education DigitalCitizenship K-12

  • Abstract: In the July/August 2011 edition of TechTrends, a group of AECT members and academic professionals explored the state of digital citizenship for students in K-12 through an article entitled: Digital Citizenship in K-12: It Takes a Village. Identified was a significant need for digital citizenship awareness by parents, educators, and students through a series of interviews, exploration of resources, reports, and surveys. In this current article, the purpose is to provide an updated perspective of the state of digital citizenship in the K-12 academic and professional environments as gathered from re-administering the 2010 survey and interviewing experts quoted in the 2010 article. Results showed the need for teaching digital citizenship at an earlier age, improved digital citizenship awareness by both educators and administrators, and a continued focus on the misuse and abuse of technology.

    tags: education DigitalCitizenship

  • Critical Studies in Education: Vol 60, No 1 In this article, we attempt to define and explore a concept of ‘radical digital citizenship’ and its implications for digital education. We argue that the ‘digital’ and its attendant technologies are constituted by on-going materialist struggles for equality and justice in the Global South and North which are erased in the dominant literature and debates in digital education. We assert the need for politically informed understandings of the digital, technology and citizenship and for a ‘radical digital citizenship’ in which critical social relations with technology are made visible and emancipatory technological practices for social justice are developed.

    tags: education DigitalCitizenship

  • Abstract: Children and young people are spending more time online. Face-to-face interactions with friends are being supplemented with digital communication. Australian children are particularly prolific users of the internet (Green et al, 2011). This online activity creates digital footprints. Digital footprint refers to the information and data that people generate, through purposive action or passive recording, when they go online (Thatcher, 2014). Digital footprints now play a role in people's employment and educational opportunities (Black and Johnson, 2010). In this context not having a digital footprint can be as serious as having a badly managed one. One way to address this is for schools to explicitly teach students how to develop positive digital footprints that will help, rather than hinder, them in the future.

    tags: education DigitalCitizenship digitalfootprint

  • Inclusive, Informed, Engaged, Balanced, Alert - attributes of a global digital citizen. Hashtag #digcitcommit

    tags: education DigitalCitizenship

  • Found in Communication Research and Practice: Vol 6, No 1 Abstract: Around the world policymakers are exploring the kinds of skills and competencies that teenagers need to have to contribute to society as digital citizens. Based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child framework, and informed by critical analysis of discourses around digital citizenship, this paper explores the competencies already demonstrated by many adolescents and addresses the priorities identified by policymakers. It compares the top-down adult policymakers’ blueprints for digital citizenship with the performances of citizenship by many young people, who mobilise digital resources to communicate with powerful others as a means of progressing their aims. Drawing upon examples of small-scale teenage activism, and linking these to some of the big questions of the age: climate change, gender equity and social justice, the paper moves beyond discussions of tech-addiction and online passivity to investigate adolescents’ strategic engagement in digital spaces to achieve a more equitable future.

    tags: education digitalcitizenship research

  • New book by George Veletsianos - free chapters available for download

    tags: education onlinelearning

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Sunday, March 08, 2020

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Sunday, February 02, 2020

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

  • Education in 2030 is a free 60 page report that deep dives through the four drivers of the global expansion in education and identifies 5 Scenarios for the Future of Learning and Talent. Methodology for developing the scenarios is explained and over 100 charts and tables are provided with sources and references for further research. DOWNLOAD the full report

    tags: education 2030 future

  • The 2019 Global Learning Landscape is an open source taxonomy for mapping innovation in learning and talent. Combining machine learning with a global community of experts, we analyzed over 50,000 organizations, 500,000 apps and considered the 3 million schools, colleges and universities around the world. Using the classical top-down / bottom-up design methodology, the 2019 Global Learning Landscape was built around 50 core clusters along a learning journey. From knowledge and curriculum to engagement, assessment, workforce and talent, the Global Learning Landscape is inspired by design thinking, following the learner from early childhood to lifelong learning.

    tags: education OER

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

2020...2030 Vision for online global collaboration

It's a new year, it's 2020! 

In 2008 I wrote this blog post 'My 2020 Vision for Global Collaboration', and looking back now things like the lack of sustainable tools that leave a digital legacy (e.g. the loss of Wikispaces in the past 2 years meant the disappearance of much online global collaborative work that could have been used for further research), and the ongoing 'locking' of tools that allow cross-border connections in schools still resonate. Digital citizenship as a concept and practice has evolved and expanded with schools looking at broader practices and implications for lifelong and life wide learning. What continues to be neglected, from my perspective and according to my research, is a school-wide approach to embedding online global collaboration into the curriculum.

In 2008 I stated: "I have a strong belief in the power of online connectivity and global collaboration (in all of it's many forms) at the school level to make a difference to the world we live in through fostering better understanding and cultural awareness. These are not just words. I have seen this happen through the projects I have run with my own classes."

Since completing my PhD research this vision has only strengthened, and now of course I am looking at outcomes for 2030!

What is your vision for teaching and learning? Through Flat Connections and other means I will continue to share strategies and best practice through design and implementation of online global projects and professional learning for schools, classrooms, educators....and all learners around the world. My ongoing vision is to support connected and collaborative online learning in K-12 and higher education.

Three new global projects will kick off in February 2020 that provide opportunities for learners in Grades 3-12 to connect, collaborate and co-create through conceptual understandings that share local to global perspectives.

New online professional learning courses are coming too! Watch this space for opportunities to learn more about the Global Collaborator Mindset, the Online Global Collaborative Learning Framework, and strategies and competencies to become a global educator.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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