PDF of TALONS Digital Literacy 10 Assignment

Once you have completed the entire assignment, go to Microsoft Teams > Digital Literacy > Assignments > Talons DLand submit a link to your WordPress in the Student Work section and click “Turn in.” Please do not turn in your assignment on Teams until it is completed to your satisfaction, as we will mark it as is.

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Assignment #1: WordPress Teaching Blog

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Link: Mr. Morris’ Talons Blog

2. Description

In order to better facilitate the learning of my students in a digital space, I decided to learn basic WordPress skills in order to create a useful and informative website for TALONS to keep track of assignments, comment on the work of others, and post demonstrations of their own learning. This assignment required me to consult other teachers in the school (Mr. Bryan Jackson), set up an administrator account for the site as a whole, create individual spaces for students to post their work, and trouble shoot issues with images, layout, coding, and blog maintenance.

 3 / 4. Digital Literacy Criteria

 Creativity, Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts

  • I design my work with consideration given to aesthetics and design, such as consistent colour schemes, symmetry or organization of visual elements, and overall layout.

In order to represent my learning and knowledge of WordPress in a creative and engaging way, I spent time sourcing and editing images that would add high impact to my blog through the use of varied color and student interest. I also focused on ensuring that the visual layout and design of my website reflected my own unique aesthetic. To accomplish this, I used Photoshop CS6 to tweak and edit a digital commons photo of a typical work desk, and chose a large, bold font to help add a professional, yet light-hearted tone to my site.

 Communication and Collaboration

  • I tailor my work to appeal to my intended audience and use language and visual design elements appropriate for them.

As students are the primary audience for my blog, it is important to me that they are able to clearly and easily access information on new assignments and updates immediately. In order to accomplish this, I have organized my blog posts chronologically (newest to oldest) and have made sure to provide a visual element to each, to ensure that students do not get overwhelmed with too much text. Additionally, I provided I links bar to the most common sites used in our class, specifically: The TALONS Homepage (where they can find their own blogs), my own Digital Literacy portfolio, Office 365 for in-class assignments, and a direct link to my e-mail.

  • I challenge myself to increase my technological literacy by working with apps, software, or mediums that I have not used in the past.

To complete this assignment to my own vision, I had to proactively learn various skills on the fly, such as: The difference between pages and posts in WordPress, how to add links to newly created pages, how to edit and add patterned background images, how to work with different image types in order to provide the clearest images, and how to create bold and effective menu bars for navigation.


Assignment #2: ‘Literacy in Persons’ Youtube Video

Description 

For my class EDUC 341 at Simon Fraser University, I created a Youtube video discussing my memories related to reading and writing, from a child until now. This assignment required me to write a narrative script, find photos and scans to help reinforce my points in the presentation, record audio using GarageBand, and finally, edit my assignment with iMovie, before posting it online.

Digital Literacy Criteria

Research and Information Literacy

  • C.R.A.P. Checklist consistently completed for all research sources.
  • Research explores diverse perspectives of an issue, and the project addresses the complexity of the topic.

Creativity, Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts

  • Student represents learning and knowledge in a creative and engaging way.
  • Student chooses the most effective medium to represent their learning.
  • Work demonstrates an understanding of audience in representation and presentation of learning.

Digital Citizenship

  • All research consulted is noted in a Works Cited or Bibliography.

Assignment #3: Literacy Practices Data Collection & Reflection

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Link: Literacy Practices Data Collection

Description 

Above is an excerpt from an experiment I conducted, collecting a data set of each time I interacted with text during an average day. I also documented the specific events, methods, domains, and reasons that I interacted with text during this twenty-four hour period. This information is meant to highlight the power of using literacy events and practices as commentary on our individual identities. Additionally, this exercise would be an excellent way to call students’ attention, specifically in high school  towards their own literacy events in practices in order to teach them about alternative perspectives in reading, the often overlooked importance of how text and literature factors into the creation of individual and cultural identity.  Included in the link is an example of a personal reflection that I completed on my literacy log, which might be extended as a writing exercise to students in an English/Language Arts setting.

Digital Literacy Criteria

Research and Information Literacy