Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Children and the digital age

Networking: The new literacy

"Whether we like it or not, social Web technologies are having a huge influence on students who are lucky enough to be connected, even the youngest ones."

Will Richardson, author of "Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Tools for Classrooms," makes the case for teaching technology skills and ethics across the curriculum. Not only should students be encouraged to explore topics that interest them, Richardson writes, but they must also learn to use technology wisely.

Digital footprints—the online portfolios of who we are, what we do, and by association, what we know—are quickly becoming a part of our everyday lives. A short lesson on Internet safety is not enough, as Richardson articulates in Educational Leadership.

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