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Digital Literacy 2011: Learning Style Inventory

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

This fall I am once again teaching a “Digital Literacy” course for all seventh grade students.  This trimester class, which meets once every six days, serves as a foundation for our Tablet PC program and is designed to empower students to answer two essential questions: How does your passion affect and reflect who you are [...]

Digital Literacy 2010: Social Bookmarking

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Social bookmarking, the third topic in our Digital Literacy course, has been a staple of our 1:1 Tablet PC program for the past three years.  Throughout that time, Delicious has been our tool of choice and offers several advantages over saving bookmarks in a browser, including the ability to access links from any computer, easily [...]

Digital Literacy 09: Copyright and Fair Use

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Copyright and Fair Use are perhaps the most challenging and controversial topics in our 7th grade Digital Literacy course.  Copyright law is complex, Fair Use guidelines are fluid, and what educators deem “fair” varies widely throughout the profession.  Commercial copyright holders and the organizations that represent them are litigiously protective of their work.  Conversely, attorneys [...]