Week 5 Topic: Digital Information

Welcome to the second module where we are switching focus from living in a digital world to learning in a digital world. We will start by looking at digital information. There will be some definitions and examples of different types of digital information, plus we see that it is not limited to text-based information. Importantly we will look at how to judge the quality of the information we find online, how do we know if its credible? How can we trust it?

Rather than read a chapter from the textbook there are four websites to examine – have a look at them with a critical eye. What type of information is being presented and can you trust it?

You’ll continue working on your Blog, but we are also going to do a practice marking activity using a rubric.

Websites:

This week there are four websites for you to visit, read and explore:

Blog:Out of print writing (good background material to start with)

Pandora

Pinterest

Wikipedia: Hypertext

Vodcasts:

You have two videos to watch this week:

  1. The lecture video
  2. Pinterest and if needed a YouTube tutorial
Learning Activities (Discussion Board)

Information can be presented in different ways. Look at some different ways information can be presented using Pinterest.

If you dont have a Pinterest account, log in and join. Then spend some time looking at the site and understanding what it is and how information is presented.

Develop a Pinterest site that represents all of the different types of digital information we encounter. Share your site to the Discussion Board so that others can visit and see your work.

You need to select two Pinterest sites from those posted and try marking them using the provided rubric.

Think carefully about how you apply the criteria, how you make judgements and how you will explain your mark. Attach your marked sheets as a reply to your peers. Share your experiences of marking too.

Review:

This week you have explored several new topics. Review some of these experiences and see if you can answer these questions:

Can you define digital information?

How do we evaluate digital information?

What is Pinterest?

What is Pandora?

What types of digital information can we use in the classroom?

How do we teach our students to be critical users?

 

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Living and Learning in the Digital World; Teaching in a Digital World; Information and Communication Technology

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