Blogs, Media And The Classroom

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  • 1. Blogs, Media and the Classroom Dr. Peter Cullen Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature University of Urbino Carlo Bo www.cl4englishlistening.wordpress.com www.ithg.wordpress.com Parliamo di Didattica University of Urbino 2008
  • 2. Marshall McLuhan: Understanding Media
    • Canadian media theorist
    • “ Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man” (1964)
    • Media are extensions of human senses
    • Lectured via TV to more than 400 students in 1964
    McLuhan: 1911-1980
  • 3. Marshall McLuhan: Understanding Media
    • The extension operates as a ratio between environmental input and human perception.
    • The extension can become out of proportion to the perception, becoming itself the message.
    • The media is the message
    • Media may also amputate human perception.
  • 4. What is Communication? The language process uses a code to communicate a message from a producer to a receiver – but: Each variable depends on its relationship to the other variables for understanding to happen. Producer code message communication receiver understanding Feedback loop at each stage MEMORY
  • 5. Understanding Media in Learning
    • The multi-media classroom:
    • Many forms of media, to facilitate communication of
    • MESSAGE
    • Multimedia classrooms became fundamental to North American teaching qualifications by 1996
    • History
    • Language
    • Sciences
    • Math, etc., etc., etc.
  • 6. Understanding Media in Learning
    • The multi-media classroom:
    • Dual-code learning
  • 7. Multi-media and the Message Classroom problems: learning styles time/schedule space/distance to message
  • 8. Today Multi-Media = Digital Media
    • Digital media changes our access to memory.
    • Portable and easily transferrable memory
    • Network structure is the key
    • Goal: Many to many communication of message
    ACCESS TO INFORMATION
  • 9. Today Multi-Media = Digital Media
    • Distance education
    • Digital media allows much greater access
    • But which formats work?
    • These questions have practical and cultural answers.
  • 10. Today Multi-Media = Digital Media
    • Many to Many communication drives wiki-learning
    • Wikipedia
    • Wikimedia
    • Youtube
    • Slideshare
    • Facebook
    • Myspace
    • Blogger
    • Wordpress Skype
  • 11. Understanding Media in Teaching Jukka Korpela (U Helsinki Network IT spec.  2001) Language differences. On the Internet, for example, the lingua franca is badly written and poorly understood English . Some people use it as their native language; other learned some of it from various sources. In any case, whatever you say will be interpreted in a myriad of ways, whether you use idiomatic English or not.
  • 12. Understanding Media in Teaching
    • Cultural differences.
    • Whatever you assume about the recipients of your message - the wider the audience, the more of them will fail to meet your assumptions.
    • On the Internet, this virtually guarantees you will be misunderstood. What you intend to say as a neutral matter of fact will be interpreted (by different people) as a detestable political opinion, a horrendous blasphemy, and a lovely piece of poetry.
  • 13. Understanding Media in Teaching Intercultural communication is about learning to understand message across cultural histories. Assumption Belief Participation
  • 14. Understanding Media in Teaching
    • Personal differences.
    • Any assumption about the prior knowledge on the subject matter fails for any reasonably large audience.
    • Problems of
    • time
    • energy
    • learning background/culture
    • priority
    • equipment
  • 15. Understanding Media in Teaching
    • Blogging:
    • Managed many to many communication.
    • Functions:
    • Posting
    • Specific resource or topic pages
    • Media upload
    • Links to other web-sites or blog
    • www.cl4englishlistening.wordpress.com
  • 16. Media and Learning: Food for Thought
    • Blogs, online, multimedia:
    • permit relative and selective participation
    • learning on demand requires greater
    • organisational skills on the part of the student
    • accentuate the personal consumption of message:
    • culture
    • language