Now Media, New Literacies
Digital literacy? It means students can no longer simply be passive consumers of media. They need to be able to produce whatever they consume if they are to own their own learning. Twenty years ago that involved letters and numbers. Now it involves creating original work using new and evolving “now media” that arrives unannounced to challenge, inspire, and expand our expression in the form of video, transmedia, online resources, and more. It means art is the 4th R, the language we all need to write new media. Our job? To help students become active media creators, critical media consumers, and engaged digital citizens who can use new media across the curriculum and throughout their lives. And it is our job to help students tell stories and create narrative that is articulate, original, and research-based, and in which the media supports the narrative, and not the other way around.
This presentation features theory, lessons, and many examples of student work.
Based on books, Four Big Ideas for the Future, Digital Community, Digital Citizen; and Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning and Creativity.