The Globalization of Digital Literacy

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Learn about current initiatives in digital and media literacy in five countries: Turkey Brazil, Russia, Israel and the United States in this panel discuss from #ISTE2014 in Atlanta featuring Renee Hobbs and Media Education Lab scholars.

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The Globalization of Digital Literacy

  1. 1. Globalization of Digital Literacy: Perspectives from Five Countries International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Tuesday, July 1, 2014
  2. 2. www. mediaeducationlab.com/ISTE2014
  3. 3. Participants OUR FOCUS: Consider the current opportunities and challenges by exploring a sample of representative initiatives in five nations TURKEY - Sait Tuzel BRAZIL - Carla V. Coscarelli RUSSIA - Elizaveta Friesem ISRAEL - Jonathan Friesem U.S. - Renee Hobbs
  4. 4. Why it’s important to understand digital literacy in a global cultural context ● Defining digital literacy ● Politicization of education ● Teacher status ● Fiscal priorities ● Access to technology: digital divide ● Differing needs of center & periphery
  5. 5. Many Definitions of Digital Literacy USING ● Computer Use/ICT Skills ● Workforce Development TEACHING WITH ● Technology Integration ● Digital Learning ● Online Reading AUTHORSHIP ● Multimedia Composition TEACHING ABOUT ● Information Literacy ● Media Literacy ● Internet Safety ● Social Responsibility & Citizenship
  6. 6. Turkey ❏ Students and teachers face the digital divide ❏ Teacher-centered education ❏ Connections between research and K-12 education ❏ Creation of digital content ❏ In-service and pre-service teacher training ❏ New curricula Dr. Sait Tuzel
  7. 7. Fatih Project Negative Arguments Positive Arguments Political Movement Bridge to students’ life Teacher’s ICT skills and Digital Pedagogy Knowledge Multimedia technology and texts in the classroom Curriculum Student motivation Content Catch up with the era Top Down Students’ background and digital divide Health and Environment Effects Jail Breaking
  8. 8. Old and New Media Literacy Curriculum in Turkey: Content & Activities
  9. 9. Brazil Dr. Carla Viana Coscarelli Technology Integration PCNs: “Technologies of information and communication and its’ studies need to permeate the curriculum and its’ disciplines” Proinfo – National program of educational technology – computer labs for public schools (federal). Infrastructure (state and district). Prouca – one computer for student.
  10. 10. Challenges & Gaps Traditional Approach ○ Teacher-centered and content-based education ○ Few interdisciplinary projects More Research: What and how to teach using computers? More Support for Teachers ○ Extension projects ○ Teachers’ development (in service) More Focus on Digital & Media Literacy in Teacher Formation Courses Brazil
  11. 11. Dr. Carla Viana Coscarelli Role of Higher Education ●Responsible for developing knowledge ●Responsible for the formation of teachers ●Needs to promote more connection with schools and teachers - IngRede, Taba Eletrônica, Redigir - Applied Linguistics Groups Brazil
  12. 12. Russia Elizaveta Friesem Population: 143 million | GDP: $14,818 per capita approx. 65,000 general education schools $ 20 billion spent per year on education 3.6% of GDP, or 13% of consolidated state budget 13 million school students Centralized system Mostly public schools Standardized tests
  13. 13. Professional Development Webinars Elizaveta Friesem ● U.S.-Russian project - intercultural ● Technology used: Adobe Connect ● Synchronous translation ● The format fosters digital literacy of PD participants ● Content: how we can help students develop digital and media literacy?
  14. 14. Webinars: Challenges Elizaveta Friesem ● Media and digital literacy as protection against bad media content ● Media and digital literacy as using digital technology in the classroom ● Hierarchical system - teachers are used to lecturing and being lectured ● “They will prepare their answers”
  15. 15. Jonathan Friesem 1,586,011 Students in K-12 136,000 Teachers Centralized and Compulsory Formal, semi-formal, and private Secular, Arab, Jewish, Druze, Tech Ed Israel
  16. 16. Israel Webinar & TV show (CET) Goal: to address changing attitudes about cultural understanding Curriculum about democracy and values THEME: Sitcom narrative reveals comedic views about Israeli – Jewish – Arab relationships IMPACT ● Student resistance to learning was strong ● Empathy practices with media analysis to overcome challenges ● Teachers were protectionist – needed strategies to validate listening & respect
  17. 17. Israel Webinar & TV show (CET) Goal: to address changing attitudes about cultural understanding Curriculum about democracy and values THEME: Sitcom narrative reveals comedic views about Israeli – Jewish – Arab relationships IMPACT ● Student resistance to learning was strong ● Empathy practices with media analysis to overcome challenges ● Teachers were protectionist – needed strategies to validate listening & respect
  18. 18. Israel Webinar & TV show (CET) Goal: to address changing attitudes about cultural understanding Curriculum about democracy and values THEME: Sitcom narrative reveals comedic views about Israeli – Jewish – Arab relationships IMPACT ● Student resistance to learning was strong ● Empathy practices with media analysis to overcome challenges ● Teachers were protectionist – needed strategies to validate listening & respect
  19. 19. U.S. Challenges ● Digital literacy definitions are divergent ● Significant disparities between schools ● Testing culture discourages innovation ● Digital literacy competes with other priorities Opportunities ● Venture capital & entrepreneurship in edtech ● Growing appreciation of connections between formal & informal learning ● Wide variety of PD experiences and providers Renee Hobbs
  20. 20. Connections
  21. 21. Reflections ➢Technology integration is uneven within countries ➢The definition and implementation of digital literacy is inflected by both protectionist and empowerment values ➢The complex relationship between K-12 education, higher education and research affects teacher professional development ➢Intercultural exchange among educators stimulates innovation in digital literacy education
  22. 22. CONTACT US: Media Education Lab @MedEduLab www.mediaeducationlab.com

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