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Digital Age Education – Creating Texts


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Presentation given at Melbourne University Grad School of Education March 5, 2011

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Digital Age Education – Creating Texts

  1. 1. digital age education | creating texts melbourne university graduate school of education 05.03.2011
  2. 2. why english matters “Its hard to imagine what other department is better suited to helping us prepare, in practical and profound ways, for our future, for the highly unpredictable changes in how we read, write, and communicate that are reshaping school and work in the Information Age.” Cathy Davidson, Duke University
  3. 3. essential questions • What do we mean by ‘digital’? How is it different to ICT? • How would you define ‘text’ in the digital age? What does it ‘look like’? • What are the implications for the type of writing we teach / have students to engage in? • How do we teach students to create texts in the new media landscape?
  4. 4. digital vs ictTo use an analogy, a digital ICT is short for informationworld is a world united by and communicationsone language, a world technology. It refers to awhere people from across broad field encompassingcontinents share ideas with computers, communicationsone another and work equipment and the servicestogether to build projects associated with them. Itand ideas. includes the telephone, cellular networks, satellite communication, broadcasting media and other forms of Source: wikibooks communication.
  5. 5. writing, technology and youthEven though teens are heavily embedded in a tech-rich world,they do not believe that communication over the internet or textmessaging is writing.Teens believe good writing is important to success in life.Teens are motivated to write by relevant topics, highexpectations, an interested audience and opportunities to writecreatively.Teens believe that the writing instruction they receive in schoolcould be improved.
  6. 6. writing, technology and youthNon-school writing, while less common than school writing, is stillwidespread among teens.Multi-channel teens and gadget owners do not write any more –or less – than their counterparts, but bloggers are more prolific.Teens enjoy non-school writing, and to a lesser extent, the writingthey do for school.
  7. 7. the community is waking-upweb as participatory platform:‘us-ness’ | community | connect | network | share
  8. 8. the digital landscape matters in education what’s important: the properties and dynamics of the internet landscape – not the tools – and how to evolve with themsource:
  9. 9. the digital landscape matters in education what’s important: the properties and dynamics of the internet landscape – not the tools – and how to evolve with themsource:
  10. 10. key words in the digital landscape media social mobile real time convergence
  11. 11. 21st Century Education Rethinking the who, what, where & when of learning. The delivery & distribution of learning. From prescriptive to connective practices. Who participates in the learning process. Learning spaces.
  12. 12. pedagogy | shifts in learning
  13. 13. real | networked | participatory
  14. 14. real | networked | participatory
  15. 15. real | networked | participatory
  16. 16. real | networked | participatory
  17. 17. 21st century text creation made easy
  18. 18. is this a text?
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  20. 20. 21st century texts
  21. 21. blogging and convergence mobile web share
  22. 22. microblogging How I learned to love Twitter Margaret Atwood “So whats it all about, this Twitter? Is it signalling, like telegraphs? Is it Zen poetry? Is it jokes scribbled on the washroom wall? Is it John Hearts Mary carved on a tree? Lets just say its communication, and communication is something human beings like to do.”
  23. 23. reflect • Are students equipped with competencies to communicate effectively in digital mediums such as chat, forums, blogs, email? • Can students argue, inform, instruct, analyse etc for digital spaces? • How would you teach students to write for mobile devices?
  24. 24. case study |jnr learning network
  25. 25. case study | jnr learning network
  26. 26. case study |jnr learning network
  27. 27. case study | middle school reading network
  28. 28. case study | 7 – 12 learning network
  29. 29. case study |7 – 12 learning network
  30. 30. case study |7 – 12 learning network
  31. 31. case study | yr 9 genre writing
  32. 32. case study |learning network
  33. 33. case study |learning network
  34. 34. case study | learning network
  35. 35. resourcesReadingNational Writing Project: Are the Centre of Education: Writing, Learning and Leading in the Digital Age Paper (NationalWriting Project): Literacy Across the Curriculum Handbook (Futurelab), Technology and Teens (Pew Internet and American Life Project Research) Media Literacies Community Media and Learning social bookmarks
  36. 36. Sylvia