Mapping Digital Literacies             Matthew SowerbySenior Lecturer in Photography, Art & Design             Edinburgh C...
• Literacies for Learning in Further Education  (LfLFE) project• Collaboration between the Universities of  Stirling and L...
• Changes in how we communicate alter the  structure of society    The medium is the message
Marshall McLuhan• The Medium is the Message 1967
• The alphabet
• The alphabet introduced literacy• We no longer had to be in the physical  presence of someone to learn what they had  to...
The medium is the messageAnd now… a networked world      Facebook traffic in a 24 hour period
• Approximately 250 million photos per day are  uploaded to Facebook.•   7.5 billion photos a month.•   10.4 million photo...
9 year old Martha Payne’s £2 School dinner
Martha Payne and her blog: neverseconds.blogspot.co.uk
Douglas Adams• “Everything that exists in the world when you  are born is normal.”
Douglas Adams• “Everything that comes along before you turn  thirty is interesting and something you might  be able to use...
Douglas Adams• “Everything that comes along after you reach  thirty is the end of civilisation as we know it…
Douglas Adams• “Everything that comes along after you reach  thirty is the end of civilisation as we know it…  until its b...
www.MarcPrensky.com• Digital Natives Digital Immigrants• Access to technology is causing young  people’s brains to wire-up...
Changing literacies• We (digital immigrants) grew up with the  transmission of information from the fixed  authority of th...
Hybrid-texts
(Out-dated) models of Education• The traditional classroom emerged to  efficiently inculcate a skilled workforce to  meet ...
Traditional literacies• Three Rs• Reading• Writing• Arithmetic
Closed book tests• How much can you memorise in order to pass  a test... … in circumstances that bear little relation to a...
Closed book tests• Don’t look it up• Don’t collaborate• Don’t look at your own notes• “That’s cheating”
Modern literacies• Knowing where to look, or find out where to  look for information• Interpersonal skills to collaborate ...
• We are driving a sports car into the future  while looking only in the rear view mirror
Mapping exercise• Three domains:                   Home          Work            Learning
Mapping exercise• Place the icons in the domain where you use  that literacy skill
Mapping exercise• When you’ve finished, take a moment to look  at what literacy skills you use – and where you  use them.•...
Mapping exercise• Then take a moment to look at the literacy  skills you don’t use.• Any surprises?
The message of digital literacy•   Enabling us to reconvene in tribal groups•   Learning from others at a pace that suits ...
• “We now live in a global village… a simultaneous  happening. We have begun again to structure the  tribal emotions from ...
Revolutions• The Industrial revolution• The Digital revolution• We must not allow the potential offered by  this digital r...
Lights and wires in a box• EDWARD R. MURROW  A speech at convention for American TV  broadcasters  Chicago, October 15th 1...
Lights and wires in a box   EDWARD R. MURROW• A speech at convention for American TVbroadcasters Chicago, October 15th 195...
“Bad weather coming, stay at home”
In the spirit of Douglas Adams…• Unless we embrace what students find  ‘normal’ – organised Education as we  know it may b...
Mapping Digital Literacies
Mapping Digital Literacies
Mapping Digital Literacies
Mapping Digital Literacies
Mapping Digital Literacies
Mapping Digital Literacies
Mapping Digital Literacies
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Mapping Digital Literacies

320 views

Published on

Changes in how we communicate alter the structure of society....

Published in: Technology, Education
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
320
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
10
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
4
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Mapping Digital Literacies

  1. 1. Mapping Digital Literacies Matthew SowerbySenior Lecturer in Photography, Art & Design Edinburgh College
  2. 2. • Literacies for Learning in Further Education (LfLFE) project• Collaboration between the Universities of Stirling and Lancaster• Findings published in 2009• With thanks to Dr Greg Mannion
  3. 3. • Changes in how we communicate alter the structure of society The medium is the message
  4. 4. Marshall McLuhan• The Medium is the Message 1967
  5. 5. • The alphabet
  6. 6. • The alphabet introduced literacy• We no longer had to be in the physical presence of someone to learn what they had to say
  7. 7. The medium is the messageAnd now… a networked world Facebook traffic in a 24 hour period
  8. 8. • Approximately 250 million photos per day are uploaded to Facebook.• 7.5 billion photos a month.• 10.4 million photos an hour.• 174,000 photos per minute.• 3,000 photos per second.
  9. 9. 9 year old Martha Payne’s £2 School dinner
  10. 10. Martha Payne and her blog: neverseconds.blogspot.co.uk
  11. 11. Douglas Adams• “Everything that exists in the world when you are born is normal.”
  12. 12. Douglas Adams• “Everything that comes along before you turn thirty is interesting and something you might be able to use in your life and career.”
  13. 13. Douglas Adams• “Everything that comes along after you reach thirty is the end of civilisation as we know it…
  14. 14. Douglas Adams• “Everything that comes along after you reach thirty is the end of civilisation as we know it… until its been around for a decade, when it turns out to be quite good after all.”
  15. 15. www.MarcPrensky.com• Digital Natives Digital Immigrants• Access to technology is causing young people’s brains to wire-up differently
  16. 16. Changing literacies• We (digital immigrants) grew up with the transmission of information from the fixed authority of the author of the printed word• Now students (digital natives) expect to be able to communicate, share, collaborate with new image-led hybrid-texts - that for them is normal
  17. 17. Hybrid-texts
  18. 18. (Out-dated) models of Education• The traditional classroom emerged to efficiently inculcate a skilled workforce to meet the needs of industry (Dewey c.1900)
  19. 19. Traditional literacies• Three Rs• Reading• Writing• Arithmetic
  20. 20. Closed book tests• How much can you memorise in order to pass a test... … in circumstances that bear little relation to anything you do in the rest of your life?
  21. 21. Closed book tests• Don’t look it up• Don’t collaborate• Don’t look at your own notes• “That’s cheating”
  22. 22. Modern literacies• Knowing where to look, or find out where to look for information• Interpersonal skills to collaborate with others• Using material gathered from research or previous experience• “Not cheating”
  23. 23. • We are driving a sports car into the future while looking only in the rear view mirror
  24. 24. Mapping exercise• Three domains: Home Work Learning
  25. 25. Mapping exercise• Place the icons in the domain where you use that literacy skill
  26. 26. Mapping exercise• When you’ve finished, take a moment to look at what literacy skills you use – and where you use them.• Which skills are central to your home, work and learning life?
  27. 27. Mapping exercise• Then take a moment to look at the literacy skills you don’t use.• Any surprises?
  28. 28. The message of digital literacy• Enabling us to reconvene in tribal groups• Learning from others at a pace that suits us• Collaboration• Discussion
  29. 29. • “We now live in a global village… a simultaneous happening. We have begun again to structure the tribal emotions from which a few centuries of literacy divorced us.” Marshall McLuhan
  30. 30. Revolutions• The Industrial revolution• The Digital revolution• We must not allow the potential offered by this digital revolution to be hijacked by entertainment, distraction and trivia
  31. 31. Lights and wires in a box• EDWARD R. MURROW A speech at convention for American TV broadcasters Chicago, October 15th 1958
  32. 32. Lights and wires in a box EDWARD R. MURROW• A speech at convention for American TVbroadcasters Chicago, October 15th 1958•“This instrument can teach, it can illuminate and it caneven inspire. But it can do so only to the extent thathumans are determined to use it to those ends.Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box.”
  33. 33. “Bad weather coming, stay at home”
  34. 34. In the spirit of Douglas Adams…• Unless we embrace what students find ‘normal’ – organised Education as we know it may be undermined by the natural instinct to learn matthew.sowerby@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

×