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Digital and media literacy - using the document "Digital and Medial Literacy : a plan of action" by Renee Hobbs, this presentation explores some of the issues of digital literacy education.

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  • In this report, the term “digital and media literacy” is used to encompass the full range of cognitive, emotional and social competencies that includes the use of texts, tools and technologies; the skills of critical thinking and analysis; the practice of message composition and creativity; the ability to engage in reflection and ethical thinking; as well as active participation through teamwork and collaboration. When people have digital and media literacy competencies, they recognize personal, corporate and political agendas and are empowered to speak out on behalf of the missing voices and omitted perspectives in our communities. By identifying and attempting to solve problems, people use their powerful voices and their rights under the law to improve the world around them.
  • Digital and media literacy

    1. 1. Digital and Media Literacy<br />Redeeming the promise of technology<br />
    2. 2. Why literacy?<br />“Acquiring literacy does not involve memorising sentences, words or syllables … but rather an attitude of creation and re-creation, a self-transformation producing a stance of intervention in one's context."  Paulo Freire, Education: The Practice of Freedom (1973)<br />
    3. 3. Why digital?<br />The 3 r’s are no longer enough :<br />Digital technologies are changing:<br />How we do business<br />How we do research<br />How we interact with each other<br />All demand a new literacy for successful participation in a democratic society.<br />
    4. 4. What is digital literacy?<br />cognitive, emotional and social competencies that include:<br />the use of texts, tools and technologies<br />the skills of critical thinking and analysis<br />the practice of message composition and creativity<br />the ability to engage in reflection and ethical thinking<br />active participation through teamwork and collaboration.<br />From: Digital and Media Literacy: A plan of action. (Hobbs, 2011)<br />
    5. 5. The essential competencies of digital literacy<br />Back to Freire and a “stance of intervention in one’s context.” The uncompleted cycle is the unrealized potential.<br />Illustration from : Digital and Media Literacy: A plan of action. (Hobbs, 2011)<br />
    6. 6. Building literacies – an inverse pyramid.<br />(there is a cultural bias here in the 3r’s – is it necessary to be able to read and write in order to be digitally literate?)<br />Illustration from:<br />Toward Information Literacy Indicators Catts,R. and Lau,J. Unesco Paris,2008<br />
    7. 7. How we learn about technology <br />Most adults born before 1968 learn computer skills informally, or at work, while younger users are taught in school.<br />Strawn,C. The Relationship Between Literacy Proficiency and the Digital Divide Among Adults With Low Education Attainment. 2008<br />What are the implications of this for any digital literacy work?<br />
    8. 8. A concern<br />Will people be able to transfer self-developed digital skills beyond their affinity groups, etc…?<br />What is necessary to facilitate the “skillful use” of digital technologies?<br />
    9. 9. Acceptable technologies?<br />Revive audio as a delivery form<br />Explore games as learning<br />Unite what is learned online with what is enacted locally<br />Creatively engage in a variety of bandwidths<br />Not just desktop or videoconferencing<br />Text messaging, audiocasting for mobile phones<br />
    10. 10. A questionable statement?<br />“Digital and media literacy education requires and supports the practices of reading comprehension and writing.”<br />From: Digital and Media Literacy: A plan of action. (Hobbs, 2011)<br />
    11. 11. Digital and local<br />While technologies may “collapse distance”, we still live in a particular place at a specific time<br />Balancing literacy educations to respect both the interconnectedness, and locality, of life is the challenge facing us today.<br />
    12. 12. Challenges <br />New literacies bridge local and global knowledge and concerns<br />We already participate in some facets of this work<br />Is new literacy education consistent with our mission?<br />
    13. 13. Contact<br />Paul Treadwell<br /><br />@ptreadwell<br /><br />Digital literacy and extension: bookmarks<br /><br />