Live Ink -- works for me!

From DSC:
What I take from this:

  • Allow for scanning — there’s too much information to take in when drinking from today’s firehoses!
  • Use white space
  • Be brief as possible
  • Bulleted lists can be helpful
  • Provide bolding to highlight key points/topics

I noticed McGraw-Hill is starting to incorporate this technology:

  • McGraw-Hill’s Connect platform is incorporating Live Ink, a cool technology that converts text into an easy to read cascading format.

— from SmartTech Roundup: 2012 Predictions & Digital Reading

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From DSC:
I originally saw this at:

Multimedia Transformation -- Special Report from Education Week


In science and math classes across the country, digital tools are being used to conduct experiments, analyze data, and run 3-D simulations to explain complex concepts. Language arts teachers are now pushing the definition of literacy to include the ability to express ideas through media. This report, “Multimedia Transformation,” examines the many ways multimedia tools are transforming teaching and learning as schools work to raise achievement and prepare students for careers that require increasingly sophisticated uses of technology.

What are digital literacies? Let’s ask the students — from by Cathy Davidson


What Are Digital Literacies?  Let’s Ask the Students Blog Image


It was with these critiques in mind that I asked undergraduate students in my two classes, “This Is Your Brain on the Internet” and “Twenty-First Century Literacies” to come up with a list of skills they had mastered in my peer-driven, peer-assessed, peer-led classes they had not gained elsewhere.  We might call these skills “digital literacies.”

Check out their list, and then tell me if you recognize those self-absorbed, no-nothing, isolated, and distracted students described by the pundits.  To my mind, this is a list of digital literacies any of us might aspire to:

Fluency in a technology accelerated age — from Shift to the Future by Brian Kuhn

From DSC:
The following images that Brian featured in his blog posting — images from Sylvia Rosenthal Tolisano (
@langwitches) — remind me of some of the elements in our current learning ecosystems:






Lessons that inspire a love for the arts — from

Illio of a can of Happy Idea Condensed Creative Soup


The Importance of Creativity in the Classroom
Blogger Jim Moulton on why an effective arts education requires that students be given freedom within a structure.

Staging Plays for Active Learning
Playwriting teaches kids how to construct a plot, write dialogue, tell a story through action, and much more.

How to Set Up a Literature Circle
Get tips for laying the groundwork, setting up protocols for discussions, and implementing strategies for motiving students to read.

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QR codes for digital literacy — from Instructional Design Fusions

Increasingly, we are recognizing that mobile devices are an important way to connect people to learning and health tools. However, text interfaces can be very problematic for individuals with poor literacy. Enter QR codes. Although we may associate them with high tech uses, they can play a valuable role in overcoming some text literacy challenges that can make the effective use of mobile phones impossible for some.

This video by describing the Mobiglyph project demonstrates how QR codes can help reduce the digital divide.

The academy in hard times

Also see:

Six Hot Workplace Trends for 2011 from by Shane O’Neill

  1. Digital Portfolios Replacing Resumes <— From DSC: This speaks to the eventual need for digital literacy for all students
  2. Mobile Is the New Desktop
  3. Online Work: Hiring in the Cloud
  4. The HTML5/Flash War: Programmers Needed
  5. Businesses Will Get Even More Social
  6. The Death of Traditional Marketing

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