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Researching Credible Connections
Linking Learning: Connecting Traditional and Media Literacies in 21st Century Learning
This article is about how the definition of literacy is changing from traditional "read and write" to a more modern media literacy; it discusses how to link the two literacies together.
The Wiki Website in Music Education: A New Collaborative Medium.
Music teacher Andrew Mercer explains how he uses the internet collaboration tool, the wiki, as way for his classroom to become more student centered.
Staying Safe on the Read-Write Web
This article introduces Web 2.0 and the dangers that can come with it. It also explores ways to stay safe while interacting with Web 2.0.
Sarah Tatko
Full Sail University
Digital Literacy

Not only is media literacy important for our students to learn but it actively engages them by using technologies and tools they enjoy. Media literacy also helps teachers connect students directly to the content being taught.
Young, J. (2012). Linking Learning: Connecting Traditional and Media Literacies in 21st Century Learning. Journal Of Media Literacy Education, 4(1), 70-81.
Did you know?
Long time teacher Kenny Pieper and contributor to the blog "The Teacher Network agrees that media literacy is an effective tool to engage students in the content. He goes on to provide a lesson that has been successful for him in his own classroom.

Pieper, K. (2011, December 05). how to engage the disengaged. Retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/2011/dec/05/engage-disengaged-students-digital-literacy
Dr. Seth Ashley of Boise State University, also states that even though the idea of media literacy is meant for students to analyze and evaluate the media, it ultimately ends in student participation: "Media literacy education begins with awareness and analysis but culminates in reflection and engagement".
Ashley, S. (2013, February 20). Teeaching nuance: the need for media literacy in the digital age. Retrieved from http://thebluereview.org/teaching-media-literacy/
The wiki is a successful internet collaboration tool that can be used to create a classroom that is focused on student centered learning.
Mercer, A. (2008). The Wiki Website in Music Education: A New Collaborative Medium. Canadian Music Educator / Musicien Educateur Au Canada, 49(3), 57-58.
Did you know?
In a 2012 study Qin and Johnston demonstrate how a wiki based classroom encouraged students to actively participate in creating and editing the course content along with the professor.
Qian, H., & Johnston, E. (2012). Using a Wiki-Based Course Design to Create a Student-Centered Learning Environment: Strategies and Lessons. Journal Of Public Affairs Education, 18(3), 493-512.
In another article, the authors discuss the fact that when teachers incorporated internet collaboration tools such as the wiki, the classroom automatically shifted to student centered learning on their own. The students became active in their own learning.
Coombs, D., Leite, J., & Grierson, S. (2010). Opening Pandora's Box: Social Networks in the Classroom of 2010. Kentucky English Bulletin, 59(2), 14-18.
Doug Johnson argues that, even though Web 2.0 does have certain dangers attached to it, blocking students from using them is not the answer to keep them safe. Instead, educating students on proper use is more effective.
Johnson, D. (2008). Staying Safe on the Read-Write Web. (Cover story). Library Media Connection, 26(6), 48-52.
Did you know?
Rudd and Walker discuss the dangers associated with Web 2.0 tools and presents a study done with students that demonstrates how educating them of the risks made them confident users that could protect themselves online.
Rudd, P., Walker, M., & National Foundation for Educational, R. (2010). Children and Young People's Views on Web 2.0 Technologies. LGA Research Report. National Foundation For Educational Research,
Website "Internet Safety 101" is a tool used for Web 2.0 safety and education. On here it discusses ways to educate students on being safe on the web.
Enough is Enough. Internet 101: dangers of the social web. Retrieved from http://www.internetsafety101.org/snsdangers.htm
Creating Effective Collaborative Learning Groups in an Online Environment
This article explores how to effectively use internet collaboration in an online learning community.
Did you know?
Through the use of technology internet collaboration has improved collaborative learning. Collaborative learning now allows students to explore sources in what the authors call "connected learning". This differs from the past where students would bring previously acquired knowledge to the group.
Brindley , J., Walti, C., & Blaschke, L. (2009). Creating effective collaborative learning groups in an online environment. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(3),
Palloff and Pratt further support this statement by saying that internet collaboration creates social community amongst the learners that enhances learning and its outcomes.
Palloff, R., & Pratt, K. (2005). Learning together in community: collaboration online. 20th annual conference on distance teaching and learning.
In her article, Mary Secret also states that internet collaboration creates a social environment for the students that promotes connected learning and interaction.
Secret, M. (2012, May). Collaborative learning in an online environment: voices from the students. Vcu online learning summit. Retrieved from http://wp.vcu.edu/online-learning-summit/test1
Using Blogs to Improve Students' Summary Writing Abilities
This article explores how to use blogs in the classroom as a tool to improve students' abilities to write a summary.
Did you know?
Blogs are a good online collaboration tool to teach students how to write well. It provides students with a real world audience and it also provides them with the ability to participate in peer review. That way, the teacher is not the only person critiquing the writing.
Kitchakarn, O. (2012). Using Blogs to Improve Students' Summary Writing Abilities. Turkish Online Journal Of Distance Education, 13(4), 209-219.
In her article, Jones also agrees that blogs provide the opportunity to write to a real world audience. She also argues that blogs provide students with a real world purpose for writing.
Jones, S. R. (2012). Digital Access: "Using Blogs to Support Adolescent Writers with Learning Disabilities". TEACHING Exceptional Children, 45(2-), 16-23.
Kajder further explains that blog writing gives students a chance to share writing ideas and work within writing communities. She states that students can expand on their ideas and engage in discussions with their peers about writing.
Kajder, S., Bull, G., & Van Noy, E. (2004). A Space for "Writing without Writing" Blogs In The Language Arts Classroom. Mining the Internet. Learning & Leading With Technology, 31(6), 32-35.
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