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Media Literacy - ECOO 2009


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Slides for a featured presentation at ECOO 2009 in Richmond Hill, Ontario (by Dr. Alec Couros).

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Media Literacy - ECOO 2009

  1. 1. Understanding (Social) Media Dr. Alec Couros ECOO 2009
  2. 2. What are the big changes in media? Early Day of PC in Schools Today’s Social/Mobile Reality
  3. 3. Offensive Content
  4. 4. What Is Considered Offensive?
  5. 5. 1966
  6. 6. 1971
  7. 7. 1991
  8. 8. 1996
  9. 9. 2006
  10. 10.
  11. 11. Youtube TOS or Rap Video Tutorial?
  12. 12. Is it ever possible to filter ‘offensive content’? Do our attempts at control do more harm than good? What is the role of schools in preparing (digital) citizens?
  13. 13. Misinformation, Scams, Hoaxes.
  14. 14. Swiss Spaghetti Harvest
  15. 15. Swiss Spaghetti Harvest
  16. 16. The evaluation of web sources often employ the following criteria: authority, currency, accuracy, objectivity, coverage. What are the limitations of these criteria with regards to the emerging flow of information?
  17. 17. Viral Videos/Memes
  18. 18.
  19. 19. Safety & Cyberbullying
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  21. 21. •Sexual predation on minors is a concern, is a phenomenon that existed before the Internet, but is overhyped by the media. •Bullying/harrassment most frequent threats faced by minors both online & offline. •Internet increases availability of problematic content but does not always increase minors’ exposure. •Risk profile & factors for minors made up of many psychosocial factors including family dynamics.
  22. 22. Hate, Racism,Violence
  23. 23. 2008
  24. 24. “Some of the comments on Youtube make you weep for the future of humanity, just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and naked hatred.” @leverus (Lev Grossman)
  25. 25. How should educators ‘deal with’ all of the hate & racism on Internet & social media sites?
  26. 26. Social Network Services
  27. 27. A Connected Reality
  28. 28. A Connected Reality
  29. 29. Social Networks • redefine communities, friends, citizenship, identity, presence, privacy, publics, geography. • enable learning, communication, sharing, connections, collaboration, community. • networks formed around shared interests & objects.
  30. 30. Shifts in Education Group growth Individual growth Objectivism Cognitivism Constructivism (Leinonen) (Schwier) Social Learning
  31. 31. Each technology creates a new environment. The old environment becomes content for the new environment. The effects of media come from their form not their content.
  32. 32. Social Network Services are not going away anytime soon. How should school districts and classrooms approach better understanding and utilizing these services with students?
  33. 33. Civic/Political/Cultural Engagement
  34. 34. We are entering a period of ubiquitous access to technology & many available social tools. How do we proceed into the knowledge economy without better understanding media? How do we continue the conversation?
  35. 35. Contact: email: c twitter: @courosa skype: aleccouros blog: