Are you ready? Got your bags packed? Passport in hand? Where are we going? When are we going? How will we get there?
Whoa! Not so fast.
The resources in this course will be used us a guide as voyage through Digital Literacy Ocean. Resources may be web sides, videos, or documents. They are divided into topical content or ports of call, similar those on a cruise. As you look through them, pick out those that look interesting to you, click the link to open the resource. Just like on any cruise, you have the option to participate at your on pace. Having a tour buddy is a great idea, too.
The Captain's Log is the living itinerary and includes questions and lists of topical resources to explore before, during and after class. Exploring the resources before a class meeting will enable opportunities for share something you like, something you don't, ask for additional information, or share something you like that is not on the tour. Links that include * are downloadable documents rather than a web resource.
Bookmarks and Journals
If you have spent any time online, I'm sure you have found some "seaweed and trash" between the more helpful resources. We will start our voyage with getting our "digital" bags packed before cruising down Research River and then on the the expanses of Digital Literacy Ocean.
You may have some paper and pencil tools that come in handy when you travel, sometimes a picture or two to remember where you found resources that you plan to revisit later. During this cruise, you may choose to use some digital tools bookmarking web sites and capture a few words about the resources. That's today's activity.
Collect your favorite resources and save them to share as we end our cruise. Having a way to document the sites you have visited and resources that you located during the cruise will be helpful.
Remember research papers with card catalogs and index cards? That was a nifty process for back then and if works for you, paper and pencil are fine.
Keeping a digital Journal is a good way to document your online travels. Cutting and pasting web addresses is easier, faster, and usually more accurate than writing them down on paper.
Penzu is an online journaling tool. Choose Basic, the free version.
Google Keep is an option for those who use Gmail).
Notes, is available on iPhones, iPads, and Chrome browser.
Background Information is a web page with a few terms and definitions for this course including a basic glossary.
Back Channel is an interactive page for you to comments and ask questions.
Need Some Basic Computer Help?
Technology is like everything else in life. Use it or you will lose it. I found a couple of really good online resources for review and basic learning. Guess what? They were developed by the Public Library Association and are available for FREE! Magic words, right?