Learning In a Participatory Culture: Debunking the Myth of Digital Natives

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Anna van Someren and Henry Jenkins co-developed this presentation, which was used as the standard New Media Literacies keynote presentation at many 2008 events.

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Learning In a Participatory Culture: Debunking the Myth of Digital Natives

  1. 1. Anna van Someren Comparative Media Studies Massachusetts Institute of Technology projectNML connect communicate create collaborate project new media literacies: education in a participatory culture
  2. 2. i c a s s je
  3. 3. i c a s s x t je t e s a e t g
  4. 4. nk a li i th w i c a s s x t je t e s a e t g
  5. 5. nk a li i th w i c a s s x t je t e s a e t g
  6. 6. everyone’s doing it
  7. 7. everyone’s doing it
  8. 8. i c a s s je
  9. 9. s it r n le a i c a s s je
  10. 10. s it r n le a i c a s s je
  11. 11. d s ien fr & i c a s s je
  12. 12. d s ien fr & i c a s s je
  13. 13. is someone like jessica a “digital native”?
  14. 14. is someone like jessica a “digital native”?
  15. 15. “digital natives vs. digital immigrants” tive? n a a problematic metaphor
  16. 16. “digital natives vs. digital immigrants” n t? ig ra tive? m n a im a problematic metaphor
  17. 17. “digital natives vs. digital immigrants” erases differences between experiences
  18. 18. “digital natives vs. digital immigrants” overemphasizes & isolates digital technology
  19. 19. “digital natives vs. digital immigrants” ignores connection between youth and adults
  20. 20. “digital natives vs. digital immigrants” devalues what adults bring
  21. 21. “digital natives vs. digital immigrants” devalues what adults bring
  22. 22. our view: three core challenges  “Increasingly, children and young people are divided into those for whom the internet is an increasingly rich, diverse, engaging and stimulating resource of growing importance in their lives and those for whom it remains a narrow, unengaging, if occasionally useful, resource of rather less significance.” - Sonia Livingstone, 2005 the participation gap
  23. 23. our view: three core challenges ≠ the participation gap
  24. 24. our view: three core challenges the transparency problem
  25. 25. our view: three core challenges the ethics challenge
  26. 26. multitasking: the ability to scan one’s environment, shifting focus as needed to salient details
  27. 27. play: the capacity to experiment with your surroundings as a form of problem-solving
  28. 28. appropriation: the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content
  29. 29. networking: the ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information
  30. 30. collective intelligence: the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal
  31. 31. collective intelligence: the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal
  32. 32. collective intelligence: the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal
  33. 33. performance: the ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery
  34. 34. performance: the ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery
  35. 35. circulations: the ability to shape the flow of media

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