From Futurelab, a handbook on digital literacy across the curriculum, which can be downloaded. The handbook which Futurelab describes as providing not a how-to-do-it guide, but ‘a rationale, some possible strategies and practical examples for schools to draw on’. It also discusses professional development and how digital literacy can be included in ‘whole-school initiatives’. The handbook uses the term ‘digital literacy’ and it implies that what we might refer to as information literacy, is part of digital literacy. I think that we need to accept that there is going to be a range of terms used, with different definitions, and that as long as people do not jump on every bandwagon that comes along and stand behind the barricades of their own term, we can co-exist with our firmly on the key aim of student learning. This is an important report, so please circulate it amongst your school colleagues.
In Sydney at the weekend for s short break. One of the iconic trips in Australia, I think, is to go on the Manly Ferry from Sydney across to Manly and walk through the shopping area to the beach. Don’t stop there but keep walking round to Shelly Beach and you can see some of the wonderful natural rock sculptures. One of the best ideas is to return to Sydney on the ferry when it’s dark and you get a great view of the lights of the city, the bridge and the Opera House. This is an unexpensive and healthy trip, and you can take a rest under the Norfolk Pines and watch the surfers. The picture below is taken from the ferry on the return journey, with the cruise ship Volendam in the harbour.