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Truth, lies, & learning in an online disinformation war

According to existing laws of war and international human rights accords, children and schools (i.e., learning environments) are supposed to be protected when in warzones. In 1949, The Geneva Convention established rules that occupying powers must “facilitate the proper working of [educational facilities]” and even provide education for children who are displaced because of war…. Continue reading

W. Ian O'Byrne 2019-08-07 13:01:24

Conversations around digital consent are happening, but must be given more urgency. They need to be led by organizations that are independent of governments and industry, such as national data regulators, so that powerful interests do not dominate. That said, they should include companies that collect the data, as well as ethicists, human-rights organizations, national… Continue reading

Six criteria used to describe assessments

In earlier posts I discussed formative and/or summative assessments, and journaling as a good opportunity for implementing one form of formative assessment. Several readers reached out and asked that I drill down into assessments a bit more to explain these processes. In this post I’ll describe the six categories, or criteria that can be used… Continue reading

Journaling as a means to scaffold & assess learning

Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time. Mina Murray In an earlier post, I discussed formative and summative assessments, and how they can provide opportunities to support learners. Assessment is a fundamental component of the teaching & learning process. Formative & summative assessments can provide meaningful opportunities to meet… Continue reading

Formative & Summative Assessments

In this post I’ll discuss assessment, a fundamental component of the teaching & learning processes. I’ll then describe formative & summative assessments, which can provide meaningful opportunities to meet diverse needs of students. Learning Pathways It’s important to first note that learning isn’t linear. If we were to think about the pathways that brought us… Continue reading

#AllOutMay1

The Department of Teacher Education at the College of Charleston supports educators across South Carolina. Help us collectively advocate for educational reform during #AllOutMay1. This day of reflection, rallying, and conversation with legislators is for the benefit of all citizens, including students, families, administrators, schools, businesses, and communities across the state. For more on why… Continue reading

Digital Storytelling

Creation of digital stories in the classroom is a powerful instructional technique that has the potential to transform learning for students. Digital stories are portable as they are documented and shared via digital texts and tools. This allows the teachers to document the work process and product of the learner, while allowing the students to… Continue reading

Too Long; Didn’t Read #189

Chilling effects & other forms of silence TL;DR #189 – 3/16/2019 Hi all, welcome to TL;DR. My name is Ian O’Byrne. I research, teach, & write about technology in our lives. I try to synthesize what happened this week in tech…so you can be the expert as well. I posted a couple of other things… Continue reading

Storytelling

Storytelling has a rich tradition, and it has evolved and expanded to assume a dynamic, contemporary presence across settings and functions. Telling stories allows individuals to narrate our own experiences, and explore or pronounce fundamental elements of our identity. According to Bruner (1986), “[Narrative] deals in human or human-like intention and action and the vicissitudes… Continue reading

Too Long; Didn’t Read #188

Orchids and dandelions TL;DR #188 – 3/9/2019 Hi all, welcome to TL;DR. My name is Ian O’Byrne. I research, teach, & write about technology in our lives. I try to synthesize what happened this week in tech…so you can be the expert as well. I posted a couple of other things this week: Online safety… Continue reading

Too Long; Didn’t Read #187

Dealing with trauma TL;DR #187 – 3/2/2019 Hi all, welcome to TL;DR. My name is Ian O’Byrne. I research, teach, & write about technology in our lives. I try to synthesize what happened this week in tech…so you can be the expert as well. I posted a couple of other things this week: Screens On,… Continue reading

Too Long; Didn’t Read #186

Walk the walk…talk the talk TL;DR #186 – 2/23/2019 Hi all, welcome to TL;DR. My name is Ian O’Byrne. I research, teach, & write about technology in our lives. I try to synthesize what happened this week in tech…so you can be the expert as well. I posted a couple of other things this week:… Continue reading

Too Long; Didn’t Read #185

Becoming the machine TL;DR #185 – 2/15/2019 Hi all, welcome to TL;DR. My name is Ian O’Byrne. I research, teach, & write about technology in our lives. I try to synthesize what happened this week in tech…so you can be the expert as well. I posted a couple of things this week: Motivations behind “screentime… Continue reading

Too Long; Didn’t Read #184

Carving out the boring bits TL;DR #184 – 2/9/2019 Hi all, welcome to TL;DR. My name is Ian O’Byrne. I research, teach, & write about technology in our lives. I try to synthesize what happened this week in tech…so you can be the expert as well. We’ll have some changes upcoming for this newsletter to… Continue reading

Help define digital literacy

Last week I posted this piece about digital literacy, and a request to have you help us define what it means to be digitally literate. There are three reasons for this request. The first is that I’m regularly studying and thinking about literacy practices in online and hybrid spaces. I want to make sure that… Continue reading

Too Long; Didn’t Read #183

Focusing on importance TL;DR #183 – 2/2/2019 Hi all, welcome to TL;DR. My name is Ian O’Byrne. I research, teach, & write about technology in our lives. I try to synthesize what happened this week in tech…so you can be the expert as well. We’ll have some changes upcoming for this newsletter to help achieve… Continue reading

What is digital literacy?

The Internet is the defining text of this generation. We use it as a space to read, write, communicate, socialize, and participate globally. This technology facilitates access to an unlimited amount of online information in a participatory learning space. Literacy means many different things to different people. For me, literacy involves the knowledge, skills, and… Continue reading

Too Long; Didn’t Read #182

Viral Misinformation TL;DR #182 – 1/26/2019 Hi all, welcome to TL;DR. My name is Ian O’Byrne. I research, teach, & write about technology in our lives. Usually in TL;DR, I try to synthesize what happened this week in tech…so you can be the expert as well. This week’s issue will veer from the norm as… Continue reading

Critical Media Literacy

The Internet is the dominant text of our generation. Millions of individuals globally use it to read, write, communicate, and participate with others. Yet, in an online space that regularly serves up spin, fake news, and shades of fiction, it’s easier than ever to consume falsehoods and spout them as fact. That’s why critical media… Continue reading

Too Long; Didn’t Read #181

Would you rather receive this in your inbox? Subscribe here. Building your best self TL;DR #181 – 1/19/2019 Hi all, welcome to TL;DR. My name is Ian O’Byrne. I research, teach, & write about technology in our lives. In TLDR, I try to synthesize what happened this week in tech…so you can be the expert… Continue reading