Web literacy and Hailes Castle

Searching for something else, I (yet again) came across something interesting. The term web literacy is used in different ways by different people. For example, Alan November’s new book  entitled Web literacy for educators looks at making teachers better searchers and, in turn, making their students better searchers. Another web literacy resource is a video on teachers.tv which is based in a UK school where students were asked to look at websites, 2 of which were racist and one of which was a spoof. The students’ reactions are interesting – and disturbing – about what they believe about the web. If you haven’t seen this video, then check it out and spread it around your staff. I’ve come across the teachers.tv site before but not paid it much attention but a browse through could reveal some interesting material and although it’s UK based, it looks to me to be potentially useful in Australasia and elsewhere.

Out on the bike today, trailing as usual behind my two companions, both 5 years older than me but both still very fit ex-marathon runners who can’t run any more because of injuries but can cycle as if possessed by demons. Our route took us past the ruins of Hailes Castle, a picturesque spot with a wee burn running through it and great views over the River Tyne. The original castle was built in the late 13th century and some of the stonework survives from that period. It’s a very peaceful spot if you drive or cycle there and the thick castle walls are a reminder of the castle owners to protect themselves but also to keep out the cold. If you have romantic notions of going back to the time when the castle prospered, better go back as one of the aristocrats and not one of the servants whose lives were harsh.

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