Understanding the Other through Media and Digital Learning


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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 peoples and cultures of the Middle East.

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Understanding the Other through Media and Digital Learning

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