Online Education Sites — Use Them While They’re Hot!

Hello all:

Posted below are links to online education sites that can be used to refine one’s academic and/or computer technology skills. (The first link is for children and the other two are for teens or for adults.)

1. Cyberkidz

2. Khan
Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.

3. EdX–
Take great online courses from the world’s best universities.

Write back here and share your experiences!

Ed’s View: Being a Digital Immigrant Makes Social Media Marketing Hurt

The most important marketing aspect of any type of writing is building readership or creating a fan base–people who feel passionate about your writing; whether they agree of disagree with your opinions.

The true beauty of social media is that it often gives us a wonderful chance to connect with different types of people throughout the world. It  really is an avenue to expand not only our personal horizons, but to garner friendships with individuals that only digital time and space allow.

While that aspect is an essential component in building a connection with new people, for those that existed in world before digital technology, being able to connect to anyone at anytime, anywhere, is now quite the chore.

Most digital immigrants, even those with effective social media skills , see it as a chore. This is simply another task that must be performed; a box to be check off on our daily checklist.

For the immigrant, digital technology and social media invades our concept of personal time and personal space. In other words, I simply want to turn it off sometimes.

For others they truly embrace it–like my children and others of their generation it is simply a part of their being. The phone, tablet, PC, or social website is a part of their persona. It is what truly allows them to make a connection.

For me it will always be a tool; something used to accomplish another task. Since I see social media as a tool, it keeps me from making connections that are personal and endearing.

I suspect that somehow I have to view social media as my tool that keeps me connected to others. The work continues!

Signing off,
Edward Carter has more than 10 years’ consulting experience for an investment bank firm on Wall Street. He has an MBA with additional degrees in management and technology. He has sat on the board of directors for two technology start-up companies. He is now breaking into the arena of writing illustrated stories. (Check out his first illustrated story at

Ed’s View: Digital Literacy and the Illustrated Story Creation

In attempting to carve my niche into the writing market through — the illustrated story– I’ve had some challenges.

In designing this story format which is enhanced with graphic art,  pictures, then one combines storyboard art throughout,  this is only accomplished through modern-day digital technology and a good dose of digital literacy.

Since digital literacy is thought to be the ability to use and possess a basic understanding of networked devices (smartphones, tablets, software applications connected to the internet) creating the illustrated story is impossible without it.

I have been able as a digital immigrant to learn the skills necessary to create my first illustrated story. Thus far, I have learned to move the story creation  seamlessly between the editor and artist through smartphone, tablets, or PC’s. This movement allows  me and others involved in the project to work on the story by adding onto or refining our work.

What I have not learned, as a digital immigrant, to do well is  social media marketing. Yes, I use Facebook and LinkedIn,  but my comfort level is low.  I still have the need to see a person’s facial expressions as we converse. And no, an emoticon at the end of the sentence doesn’t make up for seeing the person’s expressions.

What’s a guy to do? Keep plugging away at it. Keep up with me as I write here again and do see my illustrated story through the link below.

Signing off,

Edward Carter has more than 10 years’ consulting experience for an investment bank firm on Wall Street. He has an MBA with additional degrees in management and technology. He has sat on the board of directors for two technology start-up companies. He is now breaking into the arena of writing illustrated stories.


Metacognition: How is Your Thinking Working For You? taken from

The easiest definition that I know of regarding metacognition is that it is “thinking about your thinking. “

The late Dr. Michael E. Martinez refined the definition to be “the monitoring and control of thought”. See his full paper at

If you have never heard of the word “metacognition” you are probably:
1. pronouncing the word over and over,
2. thinking about the concept,
3. analyzing  what you have read about the word,
4. trying to attach its meaning to some other concept you know from the past,
5. reviewing your thoughts until you are sure you understand the word!

Congratulations: you are practicing metacognitive strategies and thinking about how you think and even how you learn.

To be digitally literate,  yes, you need to use the electronic devices and software programs to find your information. Yet, once you find your information, you also need to interpret what you see and know if you are learning from the information you find.

So… digital natives and digital immigrants how’s your thinking working out for you?

Do share your thoughts!



Visual Literacy: Where Do I Start?

To be visually literate  means that you get understanding  from the images around you.*

The images ** can come through:

  • Advertisements
  • Cartoons
  • Charts and tables
  • Collage
  • Comic books
  • Diagrams
  • Dioramas
  • DVDs
  • Graphic Novels
  • Graphs
  • Icons
  • Magazines
  • Maps
  • Photos
  • Pictograms
  • Political cartoons
  • Signs
  • Slide shows
  • Storyboards
  • Symbols
  • Timelines
  • Videos
  • Websites
    Today, of course, these images can be seen on your tablet, cell phone, and computer. While you are viewing these images stop and ask yourself questions. A few to start with are:
  • What am I suppose to learn from this image?
  • What was the reason the creator/author put this image in document, in this manner?
    Is the image placed where it is for entertainment or educational reasons?
Dr. Todd Finley** of East Carolina University adds to the visual literacy conversation by suggesting you ask about what’s going on in the picture and what makes you come to that conclusion?

I even strongly caution again that you really think to verify the concepts of what the images suggest through other websites and what’s in print. Better yet, wait a few days or weeks before reaching a conclusion. If the images were posted or printed to get you excited, the real story will be revealed soon enough.

Do share your thoughts. There is much that can be added here!

* See

** Dr. Finley’s questions and credit for the images’ list i is from

The Information Literacy Process

The basic process of information literacy is to find, retrieve, analyze, verify, and apply the information found. Look at the mini-steps under each section to ensure that you are actually executing the process correctly.

Start looking in places such as books, or asking information professionals,  even friends and family to help you acquire the information you seek.

a. Write the information.
b. Print it or photocopy it.
c. Download the information into your computer or mobile device.

ANALYZE (Study in detail the information found)
a. Do you understand what you are reading?
b. Ask yourself, “Does the information I have found actually answer my information need?”

a. Can you find the same information in another book or website?
b. Does the information read as if it is fact or someone’s opinion?
c. Does the copyright date in the book or the website lead you to believe that the information is useful for your information need?

Take action and use the information for your information need.

(Then I say, repeat the steps again, if your first try does not get you to the information you need.)

To learn so much more about information literacy and the models or process for becoming informationally literate, do some web research. Below are general keywords and  specific keywords for information models that you can type into Google to guide you.
Try these: information literacy,  information models, Big6 skills, Research Cycle, or Guided Inquiry, Super 3, or Kulthau model to get you started.

Happy learning,