Daily Education & Technology News for Schools 08/01/2010

  • What is digital literacy? – Digi Teen

    This is such a great conversation about digital citizenship with Terry Freedman on the Ning and 158 commenters (mostly students.) Great reading.

    tags: education digital_literacy digiteen

  • I lurk, therefore I am — Federal Computer Week Annotated

    This excellent article delves deeper than just the 1% of people who contribute active content, the 9% who contribute and 90% who supposedly just “lurk” to point out that an MIT student says that:

    “Upon further research I found, in an MIT study, a defense of lurking that was better than anything I could make up. The study found that active lurkers in an online community might constitute closer to 40 percent to 50 percent of members and, while these people might not contribute directly to the online forum, they contribute by taking some of the ideas from the specific community and sharing them in the world at large. I propose we call these people “worker bees” instead of lurkers, as they take the pollen from one online community and spread it to others. (I think “worker bee” sounds much better than “lurking” also, but I don't think I want to go too much further with a pollination analogy.)”

    I think that worker bees is a good analogy – they take content out to the world. I hesitate to disparate 90% of those on networks because their sharing cannot be measured! They are valuable too!

    tags: education learning

  • Texting teenagers are proving ‘more literate than ever before' – Times Online Annotated

    Excellent 2005 study synopsis that writing in this generation is exceptional– except for im speak. Let's address this in schools.

    tags: education writing

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Isabella August 2, 2010 - 3:59 pm

Definitely a great find, it is very true that these “worker bees” are important to a site even if they don’t gauge directly as they bring more “bees” to the “hive”

Tutoring Match August 5, 2010 - 3:19 pm

The “worker bees” are important in the respect that they are spreading the message of the content out to the world, if they are linking back to the original content.

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