MON: Think IT: supporting the inclusion of parents as co-partners in the development of critical digital literacy amongst UK key stage 3 pupils (Nicola Morris)
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Dr Simon Ball
30 January 2014
This presentation will introduce a web resource designed to support parents as co- partners in the development of critical digital literacy amongst key stage 3 pupils in the UK.
March (2013) highlights how with the “the depth and breadth of the Internet becoming more and more accessible,” increasing availability of open educational resources (OER), new technological solutions and learner centred approaches towards teaching had led to flipped approaches to teaching. Increasingly learners are using the internet to research and develop underpinning knowledge out of the school setting, either individually or collaboratively. Hague and Patton (2012 p 9) highlight the underlying assumption that “having grown up with technology, young people have a wealth of digital technology skills.” Evidence presented by Morris (2013) and Byron (2008) indicates that many students and teachers identify difficulties thinking critically and judiciously about the web resources they access.
The principle of guided interaction (Plowman and Stevens 2007) recognises the vital importance of developing competence with technology beyond the operational (how to use), to situating its use and including an understanding of the role of technology and developing dispositions (including critical thinking) in order to make appropriate use of resources and tools increasingly available. Kadel (2013) reminds us that both the home setting and support of parents is generally a key contributor to achievement. Byron (2008) amongst others, highlights, however how many parents do not feel that they have the skills or knowledge needs to support their children when using technology. The role that parents can therefore play in supporting a critical use of the internet may not therefore be being realised.
The presentation will introduce “Think IT”. This resource, providing guidance and supporting for parents on how they can support their children when using the web at home for school work purposes, is housed within Word Press as a series of individual topic resources. The focus is on the UK key stage 3 age group (ages 11 – 14) as it is here when the move to freer and more independent study use of the internet first occurs.
Think IT will feature a number of short scenarios, presented via short video or animation, which typify the difficulties encountered by parents. These are enhanced by some currently available OER and specifically written resources. It is envisaged that the use of the comments function will allow users to suggest further additions or resources. Each of the created resources will also be submitted for use as OER.
This resource will develop both understanding and approaches which can be taken leading to greater confidence amongst parents. The resource will enable parents to be included as co-educators and supporters of their children’s development as critical users of open resources.
Delegates will be invited to share suggestions for future content and development of the site.
Byron, T. (2008) Safer Children in a Digital World; The report of the Byron Review [online]. Available at http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20101021152907/http://publications.education.gov.uk/default.aspx?pagefunction=productdetails&pagemode=publications&productid=dcsf-00334-2008& (Accessed 23 December 2013)
Hague, C. and Payton, S. (2010) Digital literacy across the curriculum [online] Available at http://www2.futurelab.org.uk/resources/documents/handbooks/digital_literacy.pdf (Accessed 30 December 2013).
Kadel, R. (2013) ‘Parent Power: embracing Technology in Education. 8 October 2013’ [online]. Available at http://researchnetworkpearson.com/online-learning/parent-power-embracing-technology-in-education (Accessed 23 October 2013)
March, T. (2013) Working the Web for Education; Theory and Practice on Integrating the Web for Learning [online] Available at http://tommarch.com/writings/theory/ (Accessed 30 December 2013).
Morris, N. (2013) ‘Views on using the internet for homework purposes’, Word Press, 28 December [online]. Available at http://nicolajmorris.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/view-on-using-the-internet-for-homework-purposes/ (accessed 28 December 2013)
Plowman L., McPake J. & Stephen C. (2008) Just picking it up? Young children learning with technology at home. Cambridge Journal of Education 38 (3) 303-319 [online] Available at http://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/files/10854734/Plowman_et_al_2008_Just_picking_it_up_.pdf (Accessed 30 December 2013)
Link to Think IT - very much a continually developing artefact
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