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Using New Media & Technology in the Classroom


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This is a PowerPoint used in a workshop for educators and youth service providers about using new media in the classroom. The workshop is presented by BackList (, a content developer that connects media, entertainment, and education.

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Using New Media & Technology in the Classroom

  1. 1. Using Technology & New Media in the Classroom | | 1
  2. 2. What is New Media? From Wikipedia: New media is a broad term to encompass the amalgamation of traditional media such as film, images, music, spoken and written word, with the interactive power of computer and communications technology, computer-enabled consumer devices and most importantly the Internet. • on-demand access • content any time, anywhere, on any digital device • as interactive user • feedback, creative participation and community formation around the media content. This dynamic life, moves, breathes and flows with pulsing excitement in real time. Another important promise of new media is the "democratization" of the creation, publishing, distribution and consumption of media content. What distinguishes new media from traditional media is not the digitizing of media content into bits, but the dynamic life of the "new media" content and its interactive relationship with the media consumer. | | 2
  3. 3. Types of New Media • Digital videos • Social networking • Enhanced e-books • Podcasts • Websites • Mobile apps • Geo-tagging • Transmedia What other types of new media have you encountered? | | 3
  4. 4. Why New Media? • Increase in teaching moments • Can help to increase literacies— digital, media, etc. • Can help to meet children where they best learn • Actively join the media landscape and conversation What advantages does new media hold in the classroom? | | 4
  5. 5. Challenges & Concerns • Shouldn’t replace teaching • Depends on your population; knowing what might work best for them • Learning curve with technology • Availability of equipment • Privacy Issues What do you need to consider when using new media and technology in the classroom? | | 5
  6. 6. Connecting with The Autobiography of Malcolm X Comics or Animated Cartoons 1. Have students create or “recreate” scenes from Malcolm X by using an comic strip application like Pixton Video 1. Have students create their own videos about the text using their cell phones, web cams or inexpensive video cameras. Student videos can be uploaded to Facebook or Twitter. Geo-tagging and Geo-experiences 1. Using Google Earth (, take students on a tour of the many places where Malcolm X lived. You can also explore those locales during the times when he lived there. 2. Physically visit places where Malcolm X spent time, such as various locales in Harlem. Using Foursquare (, “check in” to these places and chart a story based on the check-ins. Using Google Earth, take students on a tour of the many places where Malcolm X lived. | | 6
  7. 7. Connecting with The Autobiography of Malcolm X Social Media 1. Have students develop a Facebook page for The Autobiography of Malcolm X where they act as the “teachers.” Providing information, quotes, “did you knows”, video links, article links for page visitors. 2. Create a twitter ( handle such as @malcolmxquotes to create a storyline from quotes found in the text. As a class, select and post quotes. 3. Create a Tumblr ( account to reimagine the text through text, video, and images. 4. Use a closed or private network (for example, through to develop an online community for your class or group to discuss the book. Here’s a link of social networks made specifically for educators: teachers/. 5. Link with another educator and have a literary chat via Skype ( between your two classrooms. 6. Locate an elder, professor, literary critic who you can connect via Skype and have him or her provide a talk about the text or time periods when the book was written. Create a Tumblr account to reimagine the text through words, video, and images. | | 7
  8. 8. Connecting with The Autobiography of Malcolm X Digital Photography 1. Create a photo gallery to represent Malcolm X’s progressions through a photo clipping application like Snipit ( 2. Have students take photos of places, things, people, (using cell phones or inexpensive cameras) that could be used to interpret the text. Have students collate the collection into a digital story based on the text. Have students collate the photo collection into a digital story based on the text. | | 8
  9. 9. Transmedia? Video featuring Henry Jenkins According to Henry Jenkins, the “father of transmedia” it’s a storytelling process where integral elements of work is dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience. Ideally, each medium makes it own unique contribution to the unfolding of the story. | | 9
  10. 10. BUILD WITH BACKLIST Connect! • Visit us online, comment, let us know your thoughts on Renewal. • Share this e-booklet with your friends! • Join our mailing list and stay updated. • Join the discussion at our social networking homes: Media. Entertainment. Education BackList creates and produces stuff and we help others do the same. We’re creative. Open. Diverse. Driven. BackList 1498 Reisterstown Road, Suite 328, Pikesville, MD 21208 E: | W: | Twitter: @backlist | | 10