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Digital participation: Exploring the development of digital literacy in subject teaching. An overview of the recent research given at Futurelab's research insights day, April 29th 2010 in London. Sarah Payton & Cassie Hague, Futurelab

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  • 1. Digital Participation: exploring the development of digital literacy in subject teaching Futurelab Research Insights Day Sarah Payton & Cassie Hague Learning Researchers Futurelab
  • 2. The Digital Participation Project
      • 14 primary & secondary teachers as research partners
      • Co-developed approaches to digital literacy within curriculum subject teaching
      • Teacher interviews and workshops
      • Student interviews and workshops
      • Researched classroom activities aimed at fostering digital literacy
  • 3. Outputs: http://www.futurelab.org.uk/projects/digital-participation
  • 4. Project rationale: Why is Digital Literacy Important?
      • Preparing young people to thrive socially, intellectually and economically in increasingly digitised world.
      • Supports ability to participate
      • Digital natives? Not always
      • Being a subject expert in 21 st century = being digitally literate
  • 5.
      • Digital Literacy
      • The constantly changing practices through which people make traceable meanings with digital technologies. (Gillen & Barton, 2010)
      • The skills, knowledge and understanding that enable young people to become critical, creative, effective and safe users of digital technology.
  • 6. Some Components of Digital Literacy Creating Cultural & social understanding Critical thinking Communicating Collaborating E-safety Functional skills Finding and selecting information
      • Digital Literacy: The practices through which people understand, make and share meaning with digital technologies.
  • 7. Some Components of Digital Literacy
  • 8. Digital Literacy - What Does it Mean in the Classroom?
    • ICT not an add-on but used to develop subject knowledge
    • Designing activities that allow children to critically engage with technology and assess its suitability for particular tasks
    • Using technology to support critical thinking, creativity, collaboration etc.
  • 9. A Digital School Prospectus written, directed, produced by year 5 & 6 students
      • Cross curricular project
      • Communication, collaboration, creation, functional skills
      • Re-contextualising information, thinking about audience
    Were not just saying random things like blah blah blah, were thinking hard about which places to film, what people should see, were planning it Yr 6 girl Working as a team can be hard, we try to listen to each others ideas and, then like, combine them. Yr 5 boy
  • 10. Year 11 Science: Why is DNA the molecule of life?
      • Communication, creation, functional skills, critical thinking
      • Researching & recontextualising information
      • Evaluating
      • Whole school focus on Communication
    This is more creative than our usual science lessons yr 11 student With a podcast you could listen to it over & over again to help you revise yr 11 student Its hard to put a picture into words in a podcast. Looking at a picture is easier for some parts of this learning Yr 11 student
  • 11. Other Classroom Activities
    • Rites of Passage - Year 9 students used digital media to create a teaching and learning resource about the stages of life
    • Animated stories Year 4 students brought their creative writing to life for a younger audience using stop-motion animation.
    • Digital Captains Log Year 3 students used internet research and developed their use of creative language to create a video diary to describe the experience of exploring another planet.
  • 12. Emerging areas of interest : Teacher Role
    • As a practitioner you become more of a facilitator I think and you have to take a massive step back, which is actually quite tricky. As a teacher, youre taught to teach and sometimes in this sort of pedagogical environment, you have to take a step back and just observe the learning and facilitate, provide the resources....
    • Its actually quite hard to not be sticking your hands in the learning if you know what I mean. So, yeah, you do have to change. I think theres a lot of trust as well in this sort of teaching I think you need to trust your students, you need to tell them youre investing a lot of trust in them.
  • 13.
    • For me, it was an emphasis that I try and put on my teaching anyway but an even greater emphasis in terms of allowing that choice. And thats really difficult in terms of managing the logistics. You know you couldnt possibly have every lesson where everyone has a different choice of the way that theyre going to learn... But its certainly something that benefited here. - Secondary school teacher
  • 14.
    • I said I was interviewing a DNA molecule to make it more interesting. It was so free - what you could write and what you could do... it made you think more creatively because you didnt have all of these points that you had to do so you had to think of what you thought you needed to put into it. Yr 11 student
    It was really rewarding for myself and the students. It really freed up the creativity of a number of my students and that was worth it in itself... And actually their learning - I know for that particular area, which is a difficult one for them to understand, was much deeper. I tested it subsequently and they achieved much higher in that than in other areas. Secondary school teacher
  • 15. Emerging areas of interest: School and Teacher Cultures
    • Teachers related the concept of digital literacy to their own professional values
    As a teaching professional, I have a responsibility to ensure my students are not just digitally confident but digitally competent & literate. Secondary Geography It [digital literacy] is about giving learners tools to access their digital surroundings and the abilities to do that so theyre not disadvantaged...empowering them and enabling them to make informed decisions Primary teacher
  • 16. Emerging areas of interest: School and Teacher Cultures
    • Teachers adopted the concept of digital literacy into existing, dominant frameworks in their school
    As a teacher Ive found that digital literacy can be fostered alongside teaching subject content and within other critical skills frameworks like the PLTS Secondary Geography teacher and Advanced Skills Teacher (AST)
  • 17. Emerging areas of interest:
    • School and Teacher Cultures
    • Emerging issues:
    • Teachers very quickly adopted their own interpretations of digital literacy implications for classroom approach
    • Possibility of digital literacy simply becoming part of the skills agenda in schools
    • Digital literacy = a cultural shift in the way technology use is thought about in schools?
  • 18. Emerging areas of interest: Role of the researcher
    • Action research and digital literacy
    • The relationship between research and intervention
    • Challenges and opportunities
    • Important issue for all Futurelab work
  • 19. Next Steps:
      • Researching digital literacy interventions in UK schools
      • Developing professional development materials
      • Young persons research group
      • Exploring the links between young peoples literacy practices at home and school
  • 20. Discussing the Implications: Provocation Questions
    • Is digital literacy a useful concept?
    • Do you agree that developing students digital literacy depends on a change in teacher role? If so, what are the implications for classroom practice and teacher CPD?
    • What do you think the relationship is and should be between digital literacy and subject knowledge?
    • What issues do you think are raised when researchers and teachers work together as partners? What are the tensions, what are the opportunities?
    • To what extent might a focus on digital literacy affect curriculum design?
    • To what extent does digital literacy depend on a radical shift in the way that ICT is regarded in schools? How does this relate to established school cultures?
  • 21. www.futurelab.org.uk twitter.com/futurelabedu cassie.hague@futurelab.org.uk twitter.com/casscass7 [email_address] twitter.com/notyap

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