The War That Saved My Life is an outstanding, heart-warming, coming-of-age story set in the English countryside during World War 2 and is historical fiction at its best. Reminiscent of Goodnight Mister Tom, we highly recommend it as a holiday read for our younger Middle Years' students.
Many teachers struggle with the “infowhelm” of the Digital Age. This week our Digital Citizenship for Staff tip is how to manage “infowhelm” by using a curation tool.
Not all images on the Internet are free to use – you can’t decide to use an image just because it is in Google images. The correct use of images is a legal (copyright) and ethical (digital citizenship) requirement. This week we are showcasing FlickrCC Attribution Helper which helps make the task of image attribution an easy one - just a single cut and paste operation.
Recognising other people’s creative and intellectual work is an important aspect of digital citizenship. One of the essential ways we do this, as a student, is to acknowledge where we obtained the information and ideas we include in our assignments. Every time you refer to another person’s work or ideas within your assignment, you must immediately acknowledge the author. This is called in-text referencing.
This week we have some referencing tips for using EasyBib. Make sure you sign in using your Google account. That way you access the school account we have paid for you to use. When you create a new project, don't forget that we use the APA style of referencing at Mt Alvernia. Read more to see further tips.
The attribution of sources has always been important in academic settings. Now that we operate in a digital world, referencing where information was sourced has become an essential aspect of being an ethical digital citizen. For assistance with citing sources correctly, we recommend QUT cite|write.
To navigate new digital information landscapes, students need the skills to find reliable, good quality information. Smart digital researchers make use of tools such as Library Webs, available through the iCentre website, which will direct them to websites that have been carefully selected for their eudcational content and use.
The iCentre website is your portal to academic databases. This week, we are showcasing ProQuest ELibrary, an online subscription database that allows you to search for full text documents, such as newspapers, magazines, books and TV and radio transcripts, as well as maps, audio and video and pictures. This is an excellent resource for current information.
Connecting with respect and thinking about how you contribute and interact online is an important skill for 21st century digital learners. It means making informed decisions about how to be safe, responsible and respectful in an online, digital environment. We highly recommend the Common Sense Media site for both educators and parents.
Even though you can easily find and use Google Images, you may not have permission to do so, as they are not your creation and may or may not have been licensed for use or placed in the public domain? This week we are focusing on the ethical use of images. When creating multimodal presentations, it is important that you know how to correctly attribute the creator of the images that you have permission to use. You also need to make sure you are familiar with the following terms : attribution, Creative Commons licences and public domain.
We have a list of three new websites where you can find images that are in the public domain - owned by the public. This means that you are free to use these images and that no copyright for them exists. The images can be copied, manipulated, distributed and used in any way without legal implications.