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In my thinking and reflecting about digital literacy, I can’t help but mull over the language. I have been teaching my mother-in-law about Facebook. The icons and language are all new to her. Yesterday she sent me a private message, “Is this band along the bottom where I put a comment for your eyes only? Sorry I’m so slow with FB.” I laugh, but this is all a new language for her. It takes us a while to catch on to a new language, and sometimes it intimidates us so much that we resist and don’t learn it. I am proud that she has stuck with it and continues to try to learn the FB jargon.

I have been trying to follow the Connected Learning at Educator Innovator. To start with, the hashtag is clmooc. That is hard to get my head around. It was weeks before I could remember it. I worked hard to get over my intimidation and just did what I could to tag along. Then I got an application for a badge. Oh my, I really want the badge. But I have to prove my worthiness.

This badge is awarded to educators who’ve produced connected learning-based resources, events, curriculum and/or created artifacts that demonstrate Connected Learning principles in action or in theory.
–EducatorInnovator.org

The word Make is all over the Connected Learning assignments challenges. I’m getting used to the term more and more and believe a Make is anything you have created on your own. Makes are not exclusively done with technology. We use the technology to share our Makes.

As I begin to think about how I will incorporate this new learning into my class this year, I am wondering how my discomfort or low level of expertise will affect my use of the vocabulary. Will Makes become a term I use with my students? I feel pretty confident using the social media terms of Tweet, Twitter, Friend, Post, etc. (My children made fun of me for a long time because I didn’t properly use the verb Tweet.)

I’m still hoping for a way to make a Maker Community for our students. We can begin with Sheri Edwards’ site: Connect2Learn. She is till in the brainstorming stage and welcomes our ideas.

What new vocabulary will you be using this year with your students? Does the vocabulary change or heighten the work we do? Let me know your thoughts.

For Kim Douillard’s “In Search of the Unexpected” Photo-a-Day Challenge for August: 1. People 2. Places

A little restaurant in St. Martinville, St. John's, doesn't look like much from the outside, but good food waits on the inside.  The crowds wait for table.

A little restaurant in St. Martinville, St. John’s, doesn’t look like much from the outside, but good food waits on the inside. The crowds wait for table.

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