A global perspective on Metaliteracy

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One of the videos posted on Metaliteracy MOOC Topic 3.2 – A Global Perspective on Metaliteracy spoke about what educational tactics an elementary school could use to address cultural understandings, particularly in the middle east. First the acted, by accessing the students prior knowledge and then new knowledge was introduced to them. Since these students are only in third grade, information needs to be presented to them in a way that is related to them, otherwise they wont fully grasp the idea. To take things to a more personal level, the students participated in a variety of activities that sparked their interest and heightened their imagination. They also were assigned pen pal friends to share their own personal interests with. I love this method of teaching, especially knowing that these are third grade students addressing issues that are considered to be “sensitive” today. It opens their minds and overall awareness to other cultures whom they may not be familiar with. 

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One Aspect of the Metacognitive Dimension of Metaliteracy

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Cognition can be defined as thinking, metacognition is defined as thinking about thinking or reflecting on your own thinking process. It plays a role in monitoring and managing your own thinking and helps us to acknowledge our own literacy development and helps us to gain a new perspective in media environments. For example, in class we are assigned a final project, to create a website of the topic of our choice. My group chose college success tips, there are two aspects that are taking place to research this topic. One is actually searching data bases, and websites and the other is taking the information from this site and trying to organize it in a way that it can be used towards the project. I personally have not been that familiar with citations and using databases so this project is a little challenging for me, to search and select which information can be used to help enhance the site and which cannot. Usually when I’m writing reports all the information is given to be or in my text book. 

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The Influence of Social/Technological Changes Over Students

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Since social networks have become such a large part of everyday life, especially for teens and young adults the influence of the four domains: metacognitive, cognitive, behavioral, and affective have all changed in regards to previous years. The metaliterate learner is an active participant in communicating and translating information that is learner in various forms. The metaliterate leaner is also an author and teacher of the texts, visuals, audio files, and other multimedia materials, in control of the production of information. The learner is considered a teacher due to his/her ability to share information through various social environments; blogs, twitter, facebook, etc. As a result the learner is a good researcher and producer of information by inquiring questions, and expressing their ideas or opinions in the form of their choice.

I would say that there are more roles and domains today due to the higher amount of social network usage, in comparison to the past. Students are better off today rather than the past because they have the ability to access more information in a convenient manner. For example, finding the answer to normal day to day questions can simply be answered by a quick google search, where as years ago it may have had to be intensely researched upon through a local library. Since the participation of social networks increased students have access to sharing information they might find fascinating or intriguing by the touch of a button. I am personally in love with the fact that I can share something that I find interesting to almost everyone I know through a social network such a facebook or a blog within a few seconds rather than having to personally having to contact each and everyone of them.

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The Meaning of Metaliteracy

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Information literacy in the traditional sense is having the ability to acknowledge when information is needed, being able to identify, locate, evaluate, and successfully use that information to solve the issue at hand. Metaliteracy promotes critical thinking and collaboration to effectively participate in social media’s and online communities. It supports the production and sharing of knowledge within social networks. 

One of my weaknesses has always been working with computers, I don’t participate in as many social networks as most people in my age group so I would further like to learn how to create and share information. Since my goal in life is to become a veterinarian, I have my share of countless hours in the library researching and studying, cut out for me. This course will allow me to more effective obtain the information I’m looking for, rather than surf the internet for information that doesn’t pertain to me. 

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