The Digital Diet
Today’s Digital Tools in Small Bytes
- Andrew Churches - 21st Century Fluency Project
- Lee Crockett - Global Digital Citizen Foundation, President
- Ian Jukes - The InfoSavvy21 Group
The 21st Century Fluency Series
Instructional Media & Technology
Explore a menu of today's new digital tools!
Understanding today's online world and relating to the digital generation can be a daunting process for the newcomer. The Digital Diet demonstrates how online technologies can be utilized in today's classroom to foster enjoyable and productive learning.
Offering a tantalizing buffet of various kinds of digital fare, such as blogs, wikis, social networking tools, and podcasts, this concise "diet" allows beginning and experienced users to get a taste of various digital tools at their individual pace. Using numerous screen shots and compelling examples, the authors explain what each tool is, define critical terminology, discuss why educators might use the tool, and provide guidance for using the tool in teaching. This resource presents steps for:
- Completing searches and using Del.iciou.us to bookmark favorite sites
- Preparing documents anytime and anywhere
- Communicating with friends and colleagues around the world through Skype
- Developing networks and providing updates through Facebook, Twitter, and blogs
- Sharing and discussing pictures, presentations, or videos through VoiceThread and Flickr
The Digital Diet supplies an entertaining commentary on the basics many of the most popular online tools in use today.
"Valuable in its exploration of pedagogical usage of technologies. Recommended."
We address Digital Citizenship, searching, and VOIP in a different class (one I do not teach) - Chapters 1 and 5. Many of our students in this course are in mainland China, where Twitter and Facebook are blocked, while Blogger is not available there - chapters 6-8. Overall, I was looking for a book that offered a broader array of Web 2.0 services and did not feel this text met that description.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: The Digital Citizen