Learners will participate in an interactive spectogram to consider and share their viewpoints about the Web and web literacy with a larger group, learning to evaluate open practice, participate, and share.
Read, Write, and Participate the Web
21st Century Skills
Web Literacy CompetenciesEvaluate Open Practice Participate Share
- Consider & share personal views about the Web.
- Learn how to facilitate a spectrogram.
- Beginner web users
- Sprectrogram prompts
- Numbered sticky notes or cards from 1-10.
Review these facilitation tips before running the spectrogram.
Prepare 8-10 statements that introduce essential themes of the workshop. On the day of your workshop, pick and use 3-5 of the statements that best fit the aduience that shows up for your workshop.
Clear a space so that people have enough room to move around.
Prompts for a spectrogram about basic web literacy and career exploration related to the web might sound like these:
- Digital literacy, technology literacy, and web literacy are the same thing
- I understand what it means to read, write, and participate on the web.
- Libraries should offer patrons web literacy programming.
- Web literacy must involve teaching people to code for the web.
- The best way to learn new technology skills is through participatory activities.
- Some patrons get technology and others don't; that's just the way it is.
- Providing workshops to learn web literacy skills adds value to library patrons and staff.
- Web literacy instructors must have specialized degrees and backgrounds.
- It's easy to find people and resources to help libraries teach web literacy.
- Libraries should be home to community-based projects managed on the web.
- Libraries should use open-source technologies and resources whenever possible.
Welcome everyone and explain that you are about to start with a short introductory activity.
Ask everyone to stand up and clear space in the room so they can move around without bumping into any obstacles.
Place post-its with the numbers one to ten written on them in a line on the floor or wall. Leave enough space for people to separate along the line.
Explain the activity to the participants: You will read a statement and if they completely agree with that statement, they should stand near the number 10. If they completely disagree, they should stand near the number 1. Those who somewhat agree would stand at number 5. Tell the participants that they can change their minds based on what other participants say.
Running the Spectrogram10 minutes
Read the first statement. Once participants have divided themselves along the line, ask someone why they are standing where they are standing. Invite participants to respond to the prompts, as well as to one another.
Use the rest of the prompts to continue a discussion - or perhaps a debate - on the essential themes of the day.
Invite participants back to their seats, tables, or home bases after facilitating a brief conversation about each prompt.
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