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New Learners New Landscapes Faces of Technology Day | Magee Secondary February 8, 2008 Susan Atkey – Reference Librarian, UBC Mary Locke – Teacher-Librarian, VSB Gwen Ingham – Teacher-Librarian, VSB A Vision of Students Today Video: Who are they?

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New LearnersNew Landscapes

Faces of Technology Day | Magee Secondary

February 8, 2008

Susan Atkey – Reference Librarian, UBC

Mary Locke – Teacher-Librarian, VSB

Gwen Ingham – Teacher-Librarian, VSB

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A Vision of Students Today


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Who are they?

Digital Natives

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Digital Native - Stats

  • 96% go online from home

    Before leaving university

  • 500,000 commercials seen

  • 200,000 emails / instant messages

  • 10,000 hours TV

  • 5,000 hours reading books

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New Literacies

  • Today, reading, reading instruction, and more broadly conceived notions of literacy and literacy instruction are being defined by change in even more profound ways as new technologies require new literacies to effectively exploit their potentials. These include technologies such as gaming software, video technologies. technologies that establish communities on the Internet, search engines, webpages, and many more yet to emerge.

    Donald J. Leu, Jr. Toward a Theory of New Literacies Emerging From the Internet and Other Information and Communication Technologies.

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Web 2.0

  • A second generation of web sites and services (such as social-networking sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies) which facilitate creativity, collaboration, and sharing between users.

  • Key features of web 2.0:

    • Participatory / Social

    • Collaborative

    • Distributed

    • Fluidity – perpetual beta

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The view from post-secondary

  • UBC classes are incorporating more new web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis, and RSS in course materials to create:

    • interactive course pages

    • databases of sharable lesson plans & readings

    • participatory and collaborative course reading

    • Course notes archives

    • Collaborative syllabus development

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BLOG: Human and Civil Rights in Latin America classroom …

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WIKI: EDCI 565 classroom …

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VIRTUAL WORLDS classroom …UBC Arts Campus Buchanan Island

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Training sessions for digital immigrants evolving technology?

  • UBC Library: TOTS -Tools for Outreach and Teaching Series

    • Open to all library staff

    • 2-hour session approximately once a month

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UBC - TOTS series evolving technology?


  • Each session looks at a single tool

  • 3 components:

    • Speakers

    • Hands-on segment

    • Faciliated questions

      • How do you see yourself using this in your work environment?

      • What are some of the advantages of using this technology?

      • What are some of the challenges of using this technology?

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TOTS Wiki evolving technology?

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One New Learner: evolving technology?A Case Study