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In this presentation, Renee Hobbs summarizes a university-school partnership that explored how media literacy and digital learning can support the development of cultural understanding about the ...

In this presentation, Renee Hobbs summarizes a university-school partnership that explored how media literacy and digital learning can support the development of cultural understanding about the peoples and cultures of the Middle East.

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    Understanding the Other through Media and Digital Learning Understanding the Other through Media and Digital Learning Presentation Transcript

    • Understanding the “Other” through Media and Digital Learning
      Renee Hobbs
      Temple University, Media Education Lab
      Roberts Elementary School, Wayne PA
      Kuwait University
      Funded by a grant from the Alliance of Civilizations
    • Using Tools & Technology Resources
      Well
      Critical
      Analysis, Reflection &
      Ethics
      Teamwork
      &
      Problem-
      Solving
      Creativity
      &
      Expression
      Our Approach to Media Literacy
    • Assumptions and goals
      Media literacy concepts can support learning about the cultures and peoples of the Middle East
      Technology integration activities are more meaningful when connected to authentic texts and audiences
      Goal: explore the types of activities that help promote cultural understanding about the Middle East
    • Program Components
      • Planning Meetings with Elementary Educators & One (90 minute) Staff Development Training
      • Lessons on Visual Stereotypes of the Middle East
      • Research Activity: Learning about the Countries and Cultures of the Middle East
      • Film Screening and Visit from Filmmaker: “Santa Claus in Baghdad”
      • Class Wiki Pages Support Interaction with Students of Kuwait University
      • Students Produce Short Videos about Life in the United States to Share with Kuwait students
      • Research: Classroom observations, student work samples, teacher interviews
    • Elements of Program Process
      • Activate prior knowledge about the Middle East
      • Create awareness of inaccuracies in understanding
      • Use inquiry to gain information about cultures
      • Express new knowledge about cultures
      • Strengthen emotional connectedness to the “other” through film and print narratives
      • Strengthen understanding of constructed nature of film
      • Share ideas in civic dialogue using social media tools
    • Challenges of the Program
      • Limited time for staff development
      • Attitudes of staff towards Middle East
      • Media literacy vs technology integration
      • Use of film for media literacy vs moral education
      • Differential technology skills among participants
      • Schedule coordination with Kuwait University
    • Conclusion
      Disrupting Stereotypes. The lessons encouraged children to recognize the common stereotypes of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East.
      Emotional Learning. The use of child-centered narrative supported an emotional connection between children and Middle East people and cultures.
      Going Behind the Scenes. The filmmaker visit helped children understand the many choices involved in the filmmaking process.
      Connecting to Others. Social interaction between children and students of Kuwait University promoted feelings of empowerment.
    • Media Education Lab
      http://mediaeducationlab.com
      Contact: Renee HobbsTemple University
      School of Communication and TheaterMedia Education LabPhiladelphia, PA USAEmail: renee.hobbs@temple.eduPhone: 215 204 3255