This week’s topic is about digital information and the various types and modes available to us. No longer is information one-dimensional, such as written words in a book, but multiple messages can now be communicated from one digital space using various forms that include videos, images, audio files, and weblinks, in addition to text (Howell, 2014). For instance, this blog post contains my journal reflection in written form about multiple types of digital information. In order to expand on this, I have also attached an image above and this hyperlink – http://www.pinterest.com/amymcdonald555/digital-information/ – linking viewers to my Pinterest board generated in response to this week’s rubric. Further, I have attached the rubric here and generated another related hyperlink within the Pinterest icon below, visually extending this topic to the classroom.
Technology in the Classroom
Within the different modes, there is a vast amount of information available. How are we to know what information is credible? As a teacher, it is important to practice discretion and use critical thinking when evaluating on-line data before imparting the knowledge onto our students. Sourcing documentation from reputable websites, such as those ending in .gov or .edu, is a good place to start (Howell, 2014). Relaying these self-regulated learning skills to our students is equally important, as employing these higher cognitive thinking skills not only benefits their individual growth, but also supports the future prosperity of our digital and physical world. To help achieve this, I could create classroom tasks that encourage critical thinking and analytical skills, such as searching for unbiased information on-line, as demonstrated in the video below (Teaching Channel, 2013).
Howell, J. (2014). Living and learning in the digital world mod 02 02 week 5 [ilecture]. Retrieved from http://echo.ilecture.curtin.edu.au:8080/ess/echo/presentation/822c603c-a7da-4f41-8466-5103980d029e
Ohh Dear. (n.d.). Pinterest Icon [Image]. Retrieved from http://ohhdeer.com
Teaching Channel. (2013, June 19). Using critical thinking to find trustworthy websites [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-2qJ1aEC9s
Technology In. (2014). Digital technology [Image]. Retrieved from http://technologyin.org/digital-technology