Messy Engagement: The Heart of the Common Core


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Renee Hobbs gives a keynote address to Rhode Island School Librarians on August 13, 2013 to demonstrate how the close reading and careful analysis skills that are emphasized in CCCS ELA-Literacy support the kind of student-centered inquiry that blends the use of both popular culture and academic informational texts, creating relevance and independent thinking which support intellectual curiosity.

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Messy Engagement: The Heart of the Common Core

  1. 1. Messy Engagement: The Heart of the Common Core Renee Hobbs Professor and Founding Director Harrington School of Communication and Media University of Rhode Island USA Email: Twitter: reneehobbs Web:
  2. 2. Harrington School of Communication and Media
  3. 3. The Heart of the Common Core • Engage in close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works • Select from among the staggering amount of information available today in print and digitally • Critically analyze informational texts that build knowledge, enlarge experience, and broaden worldviews • Compose using reasoning and evidence for both private deliberation and responsible citizenship • Build foundational skills using a wide range of tools and media for creative and purposeful expression
  4. 4. what is the Internet for?
  5. 5. Dance Like Lady Gaga Do Research at the Virtual School Library
  6. 6. LINK
  7. 7. digital & media literacy helps build bridges between classroom and culture
  8. 8. ACCESS ANALYZEE CREATE ACT REFLECT ACCESS expanding the concept of literacy
  9. 9. Digital & Media Literacy Competencies Access, Use and Share  Keyboard and mouse skills  Be familiar with hardware, storage and file management practices  Understand hyperlinking & digital space  Gain competence with software applications  Use social media, mobile, peripheral & cloud computing tools  Identify information needs  Use effective search and find strategies  Troubleshoot and problem-solve  Learn how to learn  Listening skills  Reading comprehension
  10. 10. Digital & Media Literacy Competencies Analyze & Evaluate  Understand how symbols work: the concept of representation  Identify the author, genre, purpose and point of view of a message  Compare and contrast sources  Evaluate credibility and quality  Understand one’s own biases and world view  Recognize power relationships that shape how information and ideas circulate in culture  Understand the economic context of information and entertainment production  Examine the political and social ramifications of inequalities in information flows
  11. 11. Digital & Media Literacy Competencies Create & Collaborate  Recognize the need for communication and self-expression  Identify your own purpose, target audience, medium & genre  Brainstorm and generate ideas  Compose creatively  Play and interact  Edit and revise  Use appropriate distribution, promotion & marketing channels  Receive audience feedback  Work collaboratively  Comment, curate and remix
  12. 12. Digital & Media Literacy Competencies Reflect  Understand how differences in values and life experience shape people’s media use and message interpretation  Appreciate risks and potential harms of digital media  Apply ethical judgment and social responsibility to online communication situations  Understand how concepts of ‘private’ and ‘public’ are reshaped by digital media  Appreciate and respect legal rights and responsibilities (copyright, intellectual freedom, etc)
  13. 13. Digital & Media Literacy Competencies Take Action  Acknowledge the power of communication to maintain the status quo or change the world  Participate in communities of shared interest to advance an issue  Be a change agent in the family & workplace  Participate in democratic self- governance  Speak up when you encounter injustice  Respect the law and work to change unjust laws  Use the power of communication and information to make a difference in the world
  14. 14. ACCESS ANALYZEE CREATE ACT REFLECT ACCESS expanding the concept of literacy
  15. 15. project-based inquiry learning
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  17. 17. The Heart of the Common Core Digital and media literacy supports learning by: encouraging complex interactions between learners and texts supporting intellectual curiosity, critical analysis and reflection helping learners compose messages using reasoning and evidence that supports independent thinking building confidence and a sense of agency in purposeful self-expression
  18. 18. closing the gap between classroom & culture creates relevance
  19. 19. relevance ignites intellectual curiosity
  20. 20. intellectual curiosity fuels lifelong learning
  21. 21. Professor Renee Hobbs Harrington School of Communication and Media University of Rhode Island USA Email: Twitter: reneehobbs