Recently, I attended a very thought provoking ASCD conference with Heidi Hayes Jacobs. We talked about the new literacies: media, digital, and global. Here are a few of the thoughts that I took away from the conference. Dr. Hayes points out that today’s learners create and share knowledge differently from previous generations. She points out that modern learners are consumers of digital media. They also need to become creators. We expose students to classical literature and encourage them to learn how to create by writing. We should also treat digital media the same way. Just as we encourage students to be discerning consumers and interpreters of the classics, we need to motivate them to also be discernable consumers and interpreters of digital media. Students study literary classics. They should also study examples of outstanding filmmaking and video making. Just as we encourage our students to write, we should provide them with the opportunity to create their own visual media. Classical literacy and digital literacy are both important. My alma mater Bowdoin College has just redesigned a substantial part of their Library (Media Center) in order to promote digital literacy. As Bob Dylan pointed out many years ago,”The Times They are a-Changin” I am seeing some real success using WeVideo this year. This cloud software is compatible with Google Chrome Books and Google Drive. It provides our students with a very accessible tool to start creating rather than only consuming.
Heidi Hayes Jacobs is also the founder of curriculum21.com. Click on the “Clearing House” Tab and then click on the drop-down menu next to “Show” for access to a large catalogue of resources for use in all curriculum areas. This is an impressive resource.
Teaching is Messy – a great cartoon from Matt Scott
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