NEISD College Readiness Workshops on 21st Century Research

“Disruptive technologies” are bringing about dramatic societal changes—from family life to the workplace, from politics to education, and so on. More than ever, students need 21st century literacy skills for navigating the digital landscape that is increasingly a part of how they create, communicate, collaborate, and learn. Universities and research libraries across the country are rapidly responding with profound shifts in how they approach teaching and learning to meet their students’ needs. As high school educators, what does this mean for us? How can we address the new Research Strand of the ELAR TEKS in a way that will prepare our students for the universities of the future and for their futures as life-long learners?

Part One, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009

Why we need to update the way we teach the research process?
The Internet and Society . . . and our Students
The Future of Higher Education—Now
How can we leverage Web 2.0 tools for our own learning as well as our students' learning?
Social Bookmarking with Diigo

Why we need to update the way we teach the research process?

Excerpts from Research TEKS

Poll: Have you already seen the Did You Know (Shift Happens) video?
  • No, what is it?
  • Sounds familiar, but I’m not sure
  • Yes, but I’d like to see it again
  • Been there, done that

Did You Know? (Shift Happens)

The Fischbowl ~Karl Fisch (Ed Tech Colorado)
Dangerously Irrelevant ~Scott McCleod (Prof. Iowa State Univ.)
Shifthappens wiki

The Transformational Power of the Internet
Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody
Shirky at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society
"The internet isn’t a decoration on contemporary society, it’s a challenge to it. A society that has an internet is a different kind of society than a society that doesn’t, in the same way that a society that has a printing press is a different kind of society. We’re living through, in our historical generation, the largest increase in human expressive capability in human history." ~Clay Shirky

Technology in the Lives of Our Students

Beloit College Mindset List - "an effort to identify the mindset of 18-year-olds in 2009"

Beloit College Mindset selections for 21c Research
Please choose one or two statements that have implications for how students approach research, and discuss your ideas with your partner(s).

Digital Natives/Digital Immigrants

Marc Prensky, Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants
"Our students today are all 'native speakers' of the digital language of computers, video games, instantaneous communication, and the Internet."
"It is now clear that as a result of this ubiquitous information environment and the sheer volume of their interaction with it, today’s students think and process information fundamentally differently from their predecessors."

Digital Natives project out of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Edutopia: Digital Generation Project

Debate around the Digital Native concept
"Adolescents have been called 'digital natives,' but data suggests that they are both comfortable with new technologies, and yet not always as technically savvy as we collectively believe them to be."
~Pew Internet and American Life Project

Beyond the Digital Native/Immigrant dichotomy
~Wes Fryer, Moving at the Speed of Creativity

Digital Nation on PBS Frontline
Digital Nation is a new, open source PBS project that explores what it means to be human in an entirely new world -- a digital world. It consists of this Web site as well as a major FRONTLINE documentary to be broadcast in winter 2010. Our production team is posting rough cuts and raw footage on the web, and gathering input, feedback and stories from users as we go.

MacArthur Foundation: Digital Media and Learning Initiative
According to a recent study from the Pew Internet & American Life project (Lenhardt & Madden, 2005), more than one-half of all teens have created media content, and roughly one third of teens who use the Internet have shared content they produced. In many cases, these teens are actively involved in what we are calling participatory cultures. “A participatory culture is a culture with relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations, and some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices. A participatory culture is also one in which members believe their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created).” ~Henry Jenkins, Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century

Teens and the Internet

Close to three-quarters of online teens have created content for the Internet
39% of teens have shared their own creations online
37% of online teens have rated a person, product, or service online
26% of online teens report keeping their own personal webpage
25% have created or worked on webpages or blogs for others, incl. those for groups or school assign.
20% say they remix content they find online into their own artistic creations
~Pew Internet & American Life Project

"Prosumers" (term comes from Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott & Anthony Williams)

A 12-Year-Old Seeking Information

Shared by Will Richardson during Here Comes Learning! at ISTE's National Educational Computing Conference 2009
See also "Personalized Online Learning" by Will Richardson

What does this say about how kids are learning today?

How does this relate to their research processes? It's about meeting kids where they are and in the context in which they are living, but also preparing them for the future--for college and beyond.

How can we leverage Web 2.0 tools for our own learning as well as our students' learning?

One Example: Social Bookmarking with Diigo

Poll: Are you already using social bookmarking?
  • No, I have no idea what that is.
  • No, I’ve heard of it, but haven’t tried it.
  • Sort of, I write down urls on sticky notes and trade them with my friends.
  • Yes, I use digg, stumbleupon, delicious, furl, simpy, diigo, etc.

Social Bookmarking in Plain English from CommonCraft

Create Diigo accounts
Open new tab in Internet Explorer
Go to and click "Join"
Create profile, save
Activate your account via email
Click on the link to go to
Right-click on the link to add diigolet to your favorites

Join our group
Search groups for NEISD ELA
Click on group name and join
Select email frequency

Practice bookmarking, tagging, and sharing
Open new tab and go to a favorite site (highlight key text for description)
Pull down favorites and select the diigolet
Bookmark options: Title, Private/public, Unread
Description (capture by selecting text first)
Tags (separate with commas, “compound tag” or compound_tag or compound.tag)
Add to list (create a list)
Share to group (make your own groups later)

See example of highlighting and annotating using Diigo
Go to “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Guy Billout, pull down the diigolet, explore the annotations and conversations around the article
Note that it has been saved by 627 Diigo users
Alternate article "Is Technology Producing a Decline in Critical Thinking and Analysis?" from Science Daily

Practice highlighting and annotating
Highlight (select text then highlight)
Annotate (open box then add comment)

Get familiar with your dashboard: My bookmarks, My Lists, My tags, My Sites, My Groups

All web resources highlighted in the workshop are available through the Diigo slideshow below.
The videos we watched and participant micro-blogs can also be viewed in the Cover It Live box.
For a tutorial on how to use for social bookmarking and annotation, see the Slideshare slideshow below.

21c Research, Part One Slideshow

Feed Play

Live Participant Micro-blogging

Social Bookmarking and Annotation with Diigo

When you get ready to introduce social bookmarking to your students, you will probably want to create a Diigo Educator Account