Atomic Learning: Supporting the Australian Curriculum
“The Internet is the media of choice for our learners. Today's youth are growing up in a world that gives them access to massive amounts of information. Anyone can publish any version of the truth. It is essential that students learn information literacy: how to access and validate information and understand the organisation of information. If students do not understand the basic grammar of the Internet, they will be manipulated by people who do.”
In the Australian Curriculum, students develop ICT capability as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school, and in their lives beyond school. The capability involves students in learning to make the most of the technologies available to them, adapting to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve and limiting the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment.
Information Literacy is a key capability that runs through all Australian Curriculum subject areas and supports all 7 General Capabilities:
· Intercultural Understanding
· Personal and social capability
· Information and communication technology
· Critical and creative thinking
· Ethical behavior
For example, the process of historical inquiry develops transferable skills, such as the ability to ask relevant questions; critically analyse and interpret sources; consider context; respect and explain different perspectives; develop and substantiate interpretations, and communicate effectively.
In English, students are required to identify similarities and differences between texts on the same topic, access and respond to the viewpoints of others and understand how the selection of a variety of language features can influence an audience. As they progress they are required to reflect on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, questioning the reliability of sources of ideas and information and seek out inter cultural perspectives.
Atomic Learning has pulled together an exceptional range of resources to support teachers and learners in developing the literacies essential to contemporary learning.
We recommend the following Atomic Spotlights and Workshops to both beginners and advanced users:
Evaluating Web Resources and Effective Online Teaching and Learning, support teachers in discovering exactly how search tools work whilst identifying emerging practices for delivering effective online instruction, taking account of issues around Internet Safety and Cyberbullying.
The Social and Interactive Web: Today’s Web 2.0 opens the door to the online world of podcasting, wikis, Blogs, Social bookmarking and RSS and looks at strategies for managing your digital footprint, cloud storage and social networking through applications and sites such as Linked In and Twitter.