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What is digital literacy?

The Internet is the defining text of this generation. We use it as a space to read, write, communicate, socialize, and participate globally. This technology facilitates access to an unlimited amount of online information in a participatory learning space. Literacy means many different things to different people. For me, literacy involves the knowledge, skills, and…

Too Long; Didn’t Read #182

Viral Misinformation TL;DR #182 - 1/26/2019 Hi all, welcome to TL;DR. My name is Ian O’Byrne. I research, teach, & write about technology in our lives. Usually in TL;DR, I try to synthesize what happened this week in tech…so you can be the expert as well. This week’s issue will veer from the norm as…

Critical Media Literacy

The Internet is the dominant text of our generation. Millions of individuals globally use it to read, write, communicate, and participate with others. Yet, in an online space that regularly serves up spin, fake news, and shades of fiction, it’s easier than ever to consume falsehoods and spout them as fact. That’s why critical media…

Too Long; Didn’t Read #181

Would you rather receive this in your inbox? Subscribe here. Building your best self TL;DR #181 - 1/19/2019 Hi all, welcome to TL;DR. My name is Ian O’Byrne. I research, teach, & write about technology in our lives. In TLDR, I try to synthesize what happened this week in tech…so you can be the expert…

Semi-Permeable Membranes as Digital Learning Spaces

Part of the learning process involves a certain amount of failure. Individuals have an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and use them as a source for understanding. Learning from, and overcoming mistakes also provides opportunities to improve motivation and self-esteem of the learner. The possibility of suffering defeat or failure in making a mistake…

Too Long; Didn’t Read #180

Burning the candle at both ends TL;DR #180 - 1/11/2019 Hi all, welcome to TL;DR. Your weekly dose of expertise in technology. The Case for Anonymity Online - This post details some of my recent thoughts about identity, and sharing online.The Privilege of Screentime - This post from our screentime website posits that you don’t…

The case for anonymity online

This past year was a tough one for a variety of reasons. Many personal and professional things happened behind the scenes that seemed to ratchet up the stress and anxiety level to ten. Some of this may be due to our second child turning three as well. :) One specific series of events sent me…

Too Long; Didn’t Read #179

On new beginnings TL;DR #179 - 1/5/2019 Hi all, welcome to 2019. Hopefully you’ve started some new intentions for the new year after spending some time reflecting. I know I have. This holiday break was relatively busy. I sent out two research manuscripts, and an abstract for an upcoming themed issue. Pre-Service Educators Developing a…

Too Long; Didn’t Read #178

Time Travel & Other Dimensions TL;DR #178 - 12/15/2018 Welcome to this week’s issue of Too Long; Didn’t Read. This will be the last episode of 2018. I’ll be unplugging for the final two weeks of the year to reflect on the past year…and plan for upcoming initiatives. See you on the other side. :)…

Social Scholarship: Educators in digital, social spaces

Educators must prepare students to be the multiliterate individuals that they will need to be successful in their futures. Schools are ultimately responsible for preparing students to be critical users of available technologies (Damarin, 2000; Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, & Cammack, 2004), problem solvers, and good communicators in networked civic spaces (Mishra & Kereluik, 2011; Binkley…