DIGITAL CLASSROOM

WORKSHOP – UNPACKING DIGITAL TOOLS FOR THE CLASSROOM.

This course, aimed at teachers in primary, secondary, further or higher education, will introduce you to key debates and ideas about the use of digital and social media in the classroom. As well as an opportunity for analysis and critique, this one-day workshop will develop and extend your own digital skills and support you to implement innovative and creative classroom practice to support improved student experience.

INDICATIVE CONTENT:
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Digital literacy and fluency issues, policy and debates. Unpacking the ‘digital native’ – understanding the ‘digital journey’ that learners undertake from primary education onwards. Developing a blueprint on how to incorporate digital techniques into professional development. Building an online, integrated professional profile. Ethics and responsibilities in relation to online security. Reviewing different channels and how they can link or integrate. Developing good practice in collating and organising learning materials to keep up with trends. Critically reviewing research, articles and scholarship in this field.

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LEARNING OUTCOME
Understand the context of the debates that relate to digital literacy in education and the academic debates and popular discourse around the idea of ‘digital natives’. Have an awareness of the variety of social media and virtual world platforms in use in educational contexts and begin to understand how to make use of such platforms in their own contexts. Be able to create and publish digital resources online. Evaluate their own level of digital literacy and create an action plan to further their professional development.

LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
he workshop will be a mix of lead lectures, case studies and practical workshop elements. Students will engage with relevant literate prior to the workshop in order to facilitate debate. Students will utilise a patchwork text throughout the taught session to create a ‘blueprint’ of their ongoing professional development. Students will work in small groups to examine the variety of digital platforms available. Students will use online resources to engage in relevant literature, undertake directed follow-up tasks and to facilitate on going discussion.

DIGITAL CLASSROOM
LEARNING RESOURCES
Classroom with Wi-Fi access.

WORKSHOP – UNPACKING DIGITAL TOOLS FOR THE CLASSROOM.

Students will be encouraged to bring their own laptop/tablet device. Laptops can be made available. Delivery of blueprint/action plan will be supported by peer feedback.

SUGGESTED READING:

Burgess, Jean; Jenkins, Henry; Hartley, John; Green, Joshua (2009) YouTube: online video and participatory culture Carrington, V & Robinson M (Eds) (2009) Digital Literacies: Social Learning and Classroom Practices Coyer Kate Downmut Tony & Fountain Alan (2007) The Alternative Media Handbook, London: Routledge Dean, Jodi (2010) Blog theory : feedback and capture in the circuits of drive / Jodi Dean, Cambridge: Polity Gauntlett, David (2011) Making is Connecting Jones, R & Hafner, C (2012) Understanding Digital Literacies: A Practical Introduction Palfrey, John (2008) Born digital : understanding the first generation of digital natives, New York : Basic Books Prensky, Marc (2012) From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom: Hopeful Essays for 21st Century Learning Rettberg, Jill Walker (2008) Blogging, Cambridge : Polity Tremayne, M (Ed.) (2007) Blogging, citizenship, and the future of media, New York; London: Routledge Shirky Clay (2008) Here Comes Everybody, London: Penguin Shirky, Clay (2010) Cognitive Surplus, London: Penguin

UNPACKING DIGITAL TOOLS FOR THE CLASSROOM.
WORKSHOP TIMETABLE: 9:15 9:30 REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS ISSUES AND DEBATES
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LOCATION:

Icebreaker: reviewing your online profile. Introduction to Digital Literacy issues and debates. Awareness of relevant policy issues in education as they relate to digital literacy. Unpacking the ‘digital native’. Ethics and responsibilities in relation to online security.

11:00 11:20 13:00 13:45

COFFEE BREAK 3 X CASE STUDIES AND PLATFORMS LUNCH DEVELOPING YOUR DIGITAL PRACTICE

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Familiarity with different online platforms to understand the ‘digital journey’ that learners undertake from primary to higher education. Develop a blueprint of how they will incorporate digital techniques into the professional development. Reviewing different channels and how they can link or integrate. Developing good practice in collating and organising learning materials to keep up with trends

15:00 COFFEE BREAK 15:20 REVIEW AND REFLECT DIRECTED STUDY:
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Critically reviewing research, articles and scholarship in this field Write an online ‘think piece’

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