Metacognition: Use it Again and Again!

Hello all:

Upon starting this blog, I formulated a working definition for digital literacy. (See ) I have several strands that I believe make a good view of how one ought to think of digital literacy.

I like to revisit  the strands in the next few posts.

Today, let’s discuss and use metacognitive strategies.
You remember that metacognition has to do with ” thinking about your thinking.”  I also like the way Dr. Donna Wilson at defines metacognition. She writes, ” metacognition, is  the ability to think about your thoughts with the aim of improving learning.”

I agree with Dr. Bill Jenkins who writes of strategies that can be used to teach children or help them to know when their metacognitive skills are working. (Don’t worry everyone, you don’t have to say “metacognition” to them in all your discussions. We’ll just know we’re doing a good thing.) :-)  He includes in his blog post these ideas:

1. Give children clear goals as to what they should accomplish from the start.
2. Ask questions before, during, and after the task so that the child will know the key points that he or should have considered.
3. My personal favorite which he has tagged as a self-monitoring strategy: Teach the child to give a verbal signal such as “aha”  when he or she gets the idea or a hmmm, if he or she doesn’t get it.

Now that you’ve read this, I have another question: how can you use metacognitive strategies in everyday activities at home?

Do share your thoughts!

Roblox and Digital Literacy Anyone?

Just a quick thought.

I see children every day scramble to get to a computer to play Roblox. They look like they are having so much fun and they are definitely engaged. The game caught my attention when I realized that the children were so involved that they would not even listen to my instructions nor get quieter when I asked them to do so.

Instead of staying irritated by their behavior, I decided to learn what is Roblox? So just in case you are like me, here’s what Roblox is. It is a massively multi-player online game created and marketed toward children and teenagers aged 8–18. In the game, players are able to create their own virtual world, in which they or other members may enter and socialize within the blocks of varying shapes, sizes, and colors.  (See 

The children are already completely entrenched! Can we adults get in on the fun and teach some digital literacy at the same time?
I ‘m just asking?
Do share your thoughts!

Digital Literacy Trends for 2015 — Quick Thoughts

Hello all:

A few quick thoughts on what will be trends for digital literacy in 2015:

1. Education — How can we help low income families follow-through to digital literacy once the computer has been placed in their homes. I mean what good is a new computer if you have no one to set it up or no money to pay for the  Internet Service Provider (ISP)?

2. Job skills — How can we help high schoolers get better at  online job searching, resume writing, online etiquette and having a professional cyberspace presence on such sites as LinkedIn?

3. Going Green- Can the use of more technology and presumably less paper extend the life of our planet?

Add your thoughts!

National Distance Learning Week: Digital literacy, Learning, and Technology

Colleges and other organizations around the country recently celebrated National Distance Learning Week in early November 2014  . Think of how digital literacy ties in with distance learning (everybody hear the words “online education, podcasts, or webcasts”  and the technology that is used to make it work?
Keep thinking on these terms. Digital literacy and distance learning will be around for years to come!

Share your thoughts!

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