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Digital and media literacy


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Digital and media literacy - using the document "Digital and Medial Literacy : a plan of action" by Renee Hobbs, this presentation explores some of the issues of digital literacy education.

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Digital and media literacy

  1. 1. Digital and Media Literacy<br />Redeeming the promise of technology<br />
  2. 2. Why literacy?<br />“Acquiring literacy does not involve memorising sentences, words or syllables … but rather an attitude of creation and re-creation, a self-transformation producing a stance of intervention in one's context."  Paulo Freire, Education: The Practice of Freedom (1973)<br />
  3. 3. Why digital?<br />The 3 r’s are no longer enough :<br />Digital technologies are changing:<br />How we do business<br />How we do research<br />How we interact with each other<br />All demand a new literacy for successful participation in a democratic society.<br />
  4. 4. What is digital literacy?<br />cognitive, emotional and social competencies that include:<br />the use of texts, tools and technologies<br />the skills of critical thinking and analysis<br />the practice of message composition and creativity<br />the ability to engage in reflection and ethical thinking<br />active participation through teamwork and collaboration.<br />From: Digital and Media Literacy: A plan of action. (Hobbs, 2011)<br />
  5. 5. The essential competencies of digital literacy<br />Back to Freire and a “stance of intervention in one’s context.” The uncompleted cycle is the unrealized potential.<br />Illustration from : Digital and Media Literacy: A plan of action. (Hobbs, 2011)<br />
  6. 6. Building literacies – an inverse pyramid.<br />(there is a cultural bias here in the 3r’s – is it necessary to be able to read and write in order to be digitally literate?)<br />Illustration from:<br />Toward Information Literacy Indicators Catts,R. and Lau,J. Unesco Paris,2008<br />
  7. 7. How we learn about technology <br />Most adults born before 1968 learn computer skills informally, or at work, while younger users are taught in school.<br />Strawn,C. The Relationship Between Literacy Proficiency and the Digital Divide Among Adults With Low Education Attainment. 2008<br />What are the implications of this for any digital literacy work?<br />
  8. 8. A concern<br />Will people be able to transfer self-developed digital skills beyond their affinity groups, etc…?<br />What is necessary to facilitate the “skillful use” of digital technologies?<br />
  9. 9. Acceptable technologies?<br />Revive audio as a delivery form<br />Explore games as learning<br />Unite what is learned online with what is enacted locally<br />Creatively engage in a variety of bandwidths<br />Not just desktop or videoconferencing<br />Text messaging, audiocasting for mobile phones<br />
  10. 10. A questionable statement?<br />“Digital and media literacy education requires and supports the practices of reading comprehension and writing.”<br />From: Digital and Media Literacy: A plan of action. (Hobbs, 2011)<br />
  11. 11. Digital and local<br />While technologies may “collapse distance”, we still live in a particular place at a specific time<br />Balancing literacy educations to respect both the interconnectedness, and locality, of life is the challenge facing us today.<br />
  12. 12. Challenges <br />New literacies bridge local and global knowledge and concerns<br />We already participate in some facets of this work<br />Is new literacy education consistent with our mission?<br />
  13. 13. Contact<br />Paul Treadwell<br /><br />@ptreadwell<br /><br />Digital literacy and extension: bookmarks<br /><br />