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New Forms of Reading and Writing
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

New Forms of Reading and Writing

By on Mar 17, 2019 in Lifelong Learning, Modern Literacies | 0 comments

As I am coaching teachers in learning how to learn and teach FOR the 22nd century, I realize that the gap between being able to read traditional forms of information, communications materials in general and reading on new platforms, in new genres and in general new digital forms is widening drastically. Not too long ago, I wrote a post titled, Our Notion of Literacy...

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Digital Portfolios & Documenting Learning: Announcing New Course
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Digital Portfolios & Documenting Learning: Announcing New Course

By on Mar 4, 2019 in Announcements, Courses | 0 comments

I am super excited to announce another online course, I wrote for ampeduca. So many teachers and schools are diving into digital portfolios NOT to substitute analog portfolios into digital spaces, but to use them as another pedagogical strategy FOR learning, assessment, curation of digital work, etc.. The course is a compilation of the experience I have gained...

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Earn Digital Badges with ampeduca!
Silvana Scarso

Earn Digital Badges with ampeduca!

By on Dec 11, 2018 in Lifelong Learning, Professional Development | 0 comments

What are digital badges and why should I collect them? Because digital badges recognize the learning that happens anytime, anywhere, making this learning visible online and in social media. Digital badges allow YOU to be in charge of your own learning pathway, which may comprise a much richer and varied set of skills then available in a single educational...

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The Moral Imperative of Sharing
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

The Moral Imperative of Sharing

By on Oct 19, 2018 in Lifelong Learning, Modern Literacies | 0 comments

We are all on our own learning journey. All of us have different experiences and backgrounds. Some of us have been reflecting on the paradigm shift in education longer than others. No one else can accelerate the speed of our own journey but ourselves (self-motivated/self-directed), but there are also pieces to that journey, that no matter how much someone else...

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From Engaged to Empowered Learners
Silvana Scarso

From Engaged to Empowered Learners

By on Oct 17, 2018 in Lifelong Learning | 0 comments

We have heard a lot about engaged students. Now we hear about empowered learners. What is the difference, and what is the shift in thinking? As we consider empowering our students as self-directed learners, which are the steps or strategies to make that happen? Fortunately, there is enough research nowadays to support steps towards that goal. One step, even if it...

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New Courses:  Building Digital Citizens Part 1 & Part 2
Silvana Scarso

New Courses: Building Digital Citizens Part 1 & Part 2

By on Aug 12, 2018 in Announcements | 1 comment

The need for Building Digital Citizens starts as soon as kids pick up a digital device, certainly by Kindergarten. To thrive in the digital ecosystem that infuses both their personal and educational world, students must understand the culture of the online world and how to use it effectively while doing so safely, morally, and legally. In these two parts online...

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Our Notion of Being Literate or Illiterate Calls for an Update
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Our Notion of Being Literate or Illiterate Calls for an Update

By on Jul 5, 2018 in Lifelong Learning, Modern Literacies | 0 comments

What does it mean to be literate? What does it mean to be illiterate? I think about the definition and the notion of literacy quite a bit. I define literacy as the ability to read and write and being able to express and communicate our ideas to others. Looking back at history, we know that the ability to read and write was in the hands of the clergy (male) and the...

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Teacher Clarity: A Visible Learning Approach
Silvana Scarso

Teacher Clarity: A Visible Learning Approach

By on Apr 4, 2018 in Announcements, Professional Development | 0 comments

Teacher clarity, described below as one of John Hattie’s influences on student achievement, implies visibility of learning intentions.  Visibility of learning intentions goes hand in hand with the visibility of student learning. For too long, we have kept teaching and learning inside our heads, inside students heads, inside notebooks, inside of folders, inside...

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No Longer EITHER OR of Technology Integration: It Is About the Learning MIX
Silvana Scarso

No Longer EITHER OR of Technology Integration: It Is About the Learning MIX

By on Nov 30, 2017 in Announcements, Lifelong Learning, Modern Literacies, Professional Development | 0 comments

Many of us have now lived through the adoption of student laptops, Google Docs, cellphones and other technologies in schools. Many people involved may have had mixed feelings about all of the technology. However, a lot of discussion and research has already taken place about the true value of technology integration in the classroom. The old idea of “tech for tech’s...

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