A Free Poster on The Learning and Thinking Skills of The 21st Century Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

January 19, 2014
I have been writing and sharing a lot of materials on the topics of digital citizenship and digital literacy and today I got a request on the Facebook page of this blog from a teacher in Scotland asking for a visual that would sum up the core skills underlying these two concepts. I instantly thought about crafting a poster to share with all of you here. I went through my archive and sifted through several posts I published in the past and finally after a lot of deliberation I settled on the skills outlined in the visual below.

I invite you to have a look and probably print off and use it in your classroom with your students. The visual is free for anyone to use and download provided that you do not charge people for it and you credit back Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Enjoy

learning skills

A Free Poster on The Learning and Thinking Skills of The 21st Century Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.

Blogging as Pedagogy: Facilitate Learning | Langwitches Blog

Blogging should not be an add-on, not an isolated project, but should be seen as PEDAGOGY.

Ann Davis shared a definition of Pedagogy beyond a  simple “method of teaching” (unfortunately I was not able to find a source of the definition… it seems to be floating around in so many spaces without a common attribution or source.)

The strategies, techniques, and approaches that teachers can use to facilitate learning.

Blogging can support the strategies, techniques and approaches to facilitate the learning in your classroom no matter what grade level, age group and subject area. Blogging supports four primary areas:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Reflecting
  4. Sharing

In each one of these areas, blogging can be a strategy to facilitate learning

  1. Reading
    1. in digital spaces support students’ skills in our increasingly digital reading environment
    2. becomes a personalized content experience versus one size fits all approach
    3. turns into a collaborative and connected experience
    4. in digital spaces supports organization via archiving, categorizing and tagging of information
    5. blogs is the start that continues to deepen with writing on blogging platforms
    6. is part of research with non- linear platforms
    7. is an essential component of content curation
    8. supports content annotation which links to future writing
  2. Writing
    1. is about more than text (how do we communicate in a variety of media forms?)
    2. gives students choices to communicate ideas in different media platforms
    3. on a blog is writing for an audience
    4. is about a conversation through commenting
    5. becomes multi-layered and non-linear by using hyperlinks to connect ideas, concepts and resources
    6. in digital spaces give students skills for our increasingly digital world
  3. Reflecting
    1. can’t be just for reflection sake, but needs to drive improvement
    2. is the basis of re-evaluating your teaching and practices
    3. techniques can be supported by Making Thinking Visible Routines
    4. is part of a meta-cognitive (thinking about your thinking)  process
  4. Sharing
    1. is part of the feedback loop
    2. is an integral part of the process of learning
    3. is how you disseminate your students’ work to a global audience
    4. as a technique of building and maintaining a digital footprint
    5. is the foundation of a remix culture

blogging as pedagogyHow are you using blogging as a strategy, a technique and an approach to facilitate learning? Let’s make it visible for others contemplating blogging with their students?

Blogging as Pedagogy: Facilitate Learning | Langwitches Blog.