21st century literacy skills (or digital literacy skills) and the skills cultivated in a high-stakes testing classroom environment seem to be mutually exclusive. This session from TCEA 2006 explores how blogging and podcasting can be used to cultivate the digital literacy skills our students need for success today and tomorrow.

Program Length: 39 min, 43 sec
File size: 10.8 MB

Podcast 08 Feb 2006(Click here to listen to this podcast)

Show notes for this podcast include:

  1. Digital literacy skills developed through podcasting (brainstormed session results)
  2. Sarah’s enhanced podcast about hedgehogs
  3. “A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age” (Daniel Pink)
  4. Flickr Creative Commons Search
  5. ePals
  6. enGauge 21st Century Literacy Skills
  7. Mark Ahlness’s Mighty Writers (Arbor Heights Elementary School in Seattle, Washington)
  8. Mark Ahlness’ blog
  9. Blogmeister
  10. David Warlick’s blog
  11. Bob Sprankle’s Room 208 podcast and blog
  12. Radio WillowWeb (Omaha, Nebraska)
  13. Mike Hetherington’s Room 613 Student blogs
  14. Wesley’s social bookmarks of classroom blogs: http://del.icio.us/wfryer/classroomblogs
  15. Global Voices Project
  16. Into the Wind: Lina’s blog (from Jordan) and post about the Iranian Holocaust denial situation
  17. Voices on Global Genocide Prevention
  18. The Global Youth Fund
  19. Podcasting resources / help

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7 Responses to Podcast32: Cultivating Digital Literacy Through Blogging and Podcasting

  1. Mark Ahlness says:

    Your presentation (via podcast) was wonderful! I’m sure the kids will be thrilled to hear your description of and reading of their writing. I keep telling them, “Hey, people are READING what you say!” Nothing like a concrete example to bring the point home, though 🙂

    Wish I could be there soaking in all the exciting new ideas with you folks – but then I’d miss the incredible journey my kids are on. Ah well. Have a great conference, and thanks for the teriffic mention. – Mark

  2. Wesley,

    I read an article the other day about leadership, and the leverage points that leaders use to affect change. The article brought in a number of studies about people who have had by-pass surgury and the amazingly high percentage of them who revert back to the same lifestyles that gave them unhealthy hearts. Conclusion? The fear of death was not a strong enough leaverage point to change their habits.

    The article went on to say that perhaps the most important and least utilized strategy to affect change is emotion. If you can reach people on an emotional level, then you can change them. Wesley, you’ve got it with spades. Very well done, my friend.

    — dave —

  3. Mark Ahlness says:

    Wesley, just a little follow-up for you. I played about 5 minutes of your presentation for my class today (the part about us, of course). The kids were just in awe. They really got that this was a big deal – and they got the piece about writing a paper only for a teacher – or a refrigerator – that just ends up in the trash. Today I had two more kids come up and ask me what will happen to their blogs NEXT YEAR. They get it, it has value, and they are motivated like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

    One more thing. The mom of the girl whose writing you featured happened to be in the classroom today, helping out, and she heard your presentation. That was one proud and amazed mom – wow!

    Ok, just one more thing. I agree with David about your reaching out effectively on an emotional level to grab people – I may just have my colleagues sit down and give a listen to your presentation – great job! Thanks again – Mark

  4. Wesley Fryer says:

    Thanks for your kind words, David. Miguel was there at the preso to encourage me, and I didn’t want to let him down by not being fired up and passionate about my topic! 🙂

    Mark: Web 2.0 just continues to amaze us all, doesn’t it?! That is so great. I am pleased that the students caught on to the excitement and even the student’s mother was able to hear that. Wow. I was just sitting here wondering if I had over-emphasized the points about student motivation, but your comments affirm me and say that this really is a big deal. I suppose one day down the road (maybe in the not too distant future) it could be less of a big of a deal for people in another state to read and comment on a student’s work. I am not sure. But I suspect as writers, it is just a “human thing” that we are more motivated to write when the audience is authentic. I think there is practically zero research on this currently when it relates specifically to blogging, but the idea of kids writing better when the audience and purpose are well defined and they care about them is documented. In the case of classroom blogging, the good news is that to convince teachers to move in this direction we don’t really need scientifically designed experiments. Anecdotal stories like these can be powerful in changing perceptions and therefore behavior I think.

    Thanks so much for the follow-up! If you know any College of Education faculty at the University of Washington there in Seattle, please let them know about the application I have submitted there! We are definitely moving to “new digs” in the summer for the start of the fall, and Seattle is my top choice!

    Do you all have recess at Arbor Heights Elementary, btw? My son is in 2nd grade and our current school stops having recess after 2nd grade, part of the mentality that we don’t have time for “play” with all the “important” test prep they have to do, I think. This may not seem like a big deal but one thing among many that we are going to school-hunt for wherever we move is an elementary school that still has recess in middle and upper grades.

  5. I missed your presentation at TCEA, but just finished listening to the podcast. VERY, powerful presentation. This should be on a required listening list for teachers and administrators everywhere. Definately on my top ten list. I will be sharing this with many folks over the next few weeks. Thanks.

  6. Maryann Angeroth says:

    Hi, I was listening to your podcast: Podcast32: Cultivating Digital Literacy Through Blogging and Podcasting. I found it very informative. I am working with a group of teachers in rural Iowa who have just received a state technology grant to podcast problem solving activities with students 2-12. You mentioned David Johansen from Columbia University and his talk about problem solving in the podcast. How would I find out more about his presentation and/or get in-touch with him? Thank you for your efforts.

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