21st Century Literacies

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21st Century Literacies - skills needed to flourish in today's society and in the future. This combination of information, multicultural, media, and visual literacies can better help K-12 students and adult learners address and solve the issues that confront them. Adapted from... http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/21stcent/glossary.html

Accuracy

free from errors and mistakes

Authority

1) A source of correct information and 2) an expert on a subject whose advice or opinion is accepted

Boolean Operators

the Boolean operators of "AND", "OR" and "NOT" [or "AND NOT"] in online searching either narrow or expand the results of the search.

Brainstorming

an informal way of generating topics to write about, or points to make about a topic. The important point about brainstorming is that there should be no pressure to be "brilliant." Students should simply open their minds to whatever pops into them. Think of it as a kind of free association.

Close-up

a Visual Literacy term for a shot or photograph vthat focuses in on details and facial expressions but gives little or no context.

Copyright

a Visual Literacy term for a shot or photograph vthat focuses in on details and facial expressions but gives little or no context.

Core/Supporting Concepts

big ideas in units or lessons that are key to students understanding the material. Knowing core concepts is at the heart of what you teach. This allows you to determine what standards you address and what learning activities you will provide to help students understand the core/supporting concepts.

Currency

how up-to-date an information source is.

Graphic Organizers

tools to help students make sense of gathered information and reflect on whether the information gathered is sufficient.

Information Literacy

the abilities to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate, effectively use, and communicate information in its various formats.

Inquiry-Based Unit

unit of study geared toward the achievement of both subject and information literacy objectives through exposure to and practice with diverse resources.

Intellectual Property

reflects the idea that this subject matter is the product of the mind or the intellect, and that IP rights may be protected at law in the same way as any other form of property. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_property

Layout

one method of evaluating a website. Is the website well organized? Is it easy to find files and information? Is it easy to read? Is there consistency across all the pages of the website?

Look

a Visual Literacy term for a shot or photo that shows the subject in relation to the larger or overall context.

Long Shot

a Visual Literacy term for a shot or photo that shows the subject in relation to the larger or overall context.

Media Elements

one method of evaluating a website. Are there graphics, sounds, and animation? If so, are those features used to enhance the message?

Media Literacy

one method of evaluating a website. Are there graphics, sounds, and animation? If so, are those features used to enhance the message?

Medium Shot

a Visual Literacy term for a shot or photo that shows the subject in relation to the immediate context. Medium shots reveal relationships, be them person-to-person, person-to-thing, person-to-a space.

Multicultural Literacy

knowledge of cultures, languages, and the ways multi-sensory data (text, sound, and graphics) can introduce bias in language, subject matter, and visual content.

Navigation

one method of evaluating a website. Is it easy to get around? Is there a sitemap? Are there different ways to navigate? Are

Plagiarism

using others' ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information

Point of View

bias of an information source, identified to better evaluate the accuracy and usefulness of the information

Problem-based Learning

a curriculum development and instructional approach that simultaneously develops problem solving strategies, disciplinary knowledge bases, and skills.

Project-based Learning

a curriculum development approach that centers on projects, in-depth investigations of a topic worth learning more about. The key feature of a project is that it is a research effort deliberately focused on finding answers to questions about a topic posed either by the students, the teacher, or the teacher working with the students. The goal of a project is to learn more about the topic rather than to seek right answers to questions posed by the teacher.

Resource-based Learning

the achievement of both subject and information literacy objectives through exposure to and practise with diverse resources.(Stauffer Library, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. What is Resource-Based Learning?)

Scanning

locating specific information quickly and efficiently by moving your eyes down a page looking for specific facts or key words or phrases

Sitemap

a webpage where all the indidual pages of a website are listed and linked. Sitemaps can be used to better understand the purpose of a website, and in some cases, find files more quickly than with traditional navigation.

Skimming

identifying the main ideas of a text by reading first and last paragraphs, beginning sentences in other paragraphs (topic sentences), and noting other organizational clues such as title, bold type, italics, capitalized words, captions, etc.

URL (Uniform Resource Locator)

unique address of a website on the World Wide Web.

Visual Literacy

the ability, through knowledge of the basic visual elements, to understand the meaning and components of the image.

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