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Abundant Digital Media at a Private High School  A Report on Research Questionnaire Feedback Travis Noakes This report sums up feedback from 14 South African  private High School educators to a presentation on  Abundant Digital Media * . It raises concerns from their feedback and gives high-level recommendations for school management  on Web 2.0 curriculum support. Due to research ethics requirements, the identity of the private school and its educators must remain confidential. July, 2010 Prepared by Travis Noakes, a PhD in Media Studies (UCT)  candidate *  View it at www.slideshare.net/TravisNoakes/get-ready-for-abundance-culture-at-high-school
It’s “Abundant Digital Media” NOT “Abundance Culture” Addressing a Terminology Concern ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],Travis Noakes
Questionnaire Completion   The Breakdown Travis Noakes Concern #2 Relatively few staff returned a completed survey, despite being encouraged  to do so by the executive. The survey is unlikely to be representative. Concern #3 Few staff from school management returned completed questionnaires.  Addressing the opportunities and hazards posed by abundant digital media may not be a priority for the school’s leadership.
[object Object],Concern #4 Educators rate the promotion of entrepreneurship by their school much lower than creativity and innovation.
1. Creativity & Innovation & Entrepreneurship    Individual ratings Travis Noakes Concern #5 There are significant differences in  educators’ perceptions of the  school’s promotion of creativity,  entrepreneurship and innovation. ©  Travis Noakes
2. Will Abundant Digital Media Change Formal Education?    The Likeliest Answer. Travis Noakes Concern #6 Although most educators believe it will have an impact, initial research fieldwork  would suggest that few are prepared for this impact.
3. Rate the Scope for Including Abundant Digital Media   Software in Your Subject Curricula? Travis Noakes Subject Respondents Result 1 Result 2 Result 3 Result 4 Biology 2 5 4 Drama 1 3 English 1 5 Geography 3 5 5 5 Library 1 4 Life Science 2 5 3 Life Orientation 4 5 4 4 4 Physical Science 1 4 Science 1 2 Visual Arts 1 5
3. Rate the Scope for Including Abundant Digital Media   Software in Your Subject Curricula? Travis Noakes Concern #7 No feedback from educators in these subjects:  Afrikaans, French, Latin and Xhosa. History. Music. Computer Studies. Mathematics. Physical Education. Concern #8 Are the educators that see scope in using Web 2.0 tools using them?
4. Do The Benefits Of Using Abundant Digital Media    Outweigh The Hazards For Students? Travis Noakes Concern #9 Just under 43% of educators are worried that the benefits of abundant digital media  are not more than its hazards.
5. Rate Your Attitude Towards Using Free Software   in the Classroom? Travis Noakes Concern #10 While most educators have a positive attitude towards using free software in the classroom, they may not know how or why to teach with it.
6. Explain How You Might Use Free Software    in Your Classes (or Why You Won’t)? Travis Noakes ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
7.  What Are the Biggest Challenges in Preparing for   Abundance Culture? (Tick One or More) Travis Noakes Concern #11 What can be done to overcome the challenges of time, training and home web access cost?
8. Are There Any Other Challenges That Make   Preparation Difficult for You? Travis Noakes ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],Concern #12 How can interested educators be aided in overcoming these challenges and  preparing Web 2.0 curriculums?
9. What Is Your Biggest Concern About Generation    Content and Abundant Digital Media? Travis Noakes ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],Concern #13 How can educators be supported in helping learners develop EQ and addressing other  Challenges, like plagiarism?
10. What Do You Think Is the Best Opportunity That    Abundant Digital Media Offers, and Why? Travis Noakes ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],Concern #14 Can educators take advantage of these opportunities?
11. Are There Any Other Opportunities Would You Like to   Use in Class? Travis Noakes ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],Concern #15 How can educators get informed of opportunities relevant to their subject areas, societies, etc.?
12. What Is the Most Important Opportunity for Your   School to Take Advantage of? Travis Noakes ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],Concern #16 Which opportunities should be prioritised by school management?
Recommendations Action Options To Discuss Travis Noakes ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Recommendations   Action Options To Discuss Travis Noakes ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Thanks to All  Who Supported This Research… Travis Noakes National Research Foundation  University of Cape Town, Department of Film and Media Studies Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Department of Informatics and Design. The private High School’s management, IT and Visual Arts departments. All educators who participated in the presentation and/or survey.

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High school staff's Web 2.0 and abundant digital media feedback

  • 1. Abundant Digital Media at a Private High School A Report on Research Questionnaire Feedback Travis Noakes This report sums up feedback from 14 South African private High School educators to a presentation on Abundant Digital Media * . It raises concerns from their feedback and gives high-level recommendations for school management on Web 2.0 curriculum support. Due to research ethics requirements, the identity of the private school and its educators must remain confidential. July, 2010 Prepared by Travis Noakes, a PhD in Media Studies (UCT) candidate * View it at www.slideshare.net/TravisNoakes/get-ready-for-abundance-culture-at-high-school
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  • 3. Questionnaire Completion The Breakdown Travis Noakes Concern #2 Relatively few staff returned a completed survey, despite being encouraged to do so by the executive. The survey is unlikely to be representative. Concern #3 Few staff from school management returned completed questionnaires. Addressing the opportunities and hazards posed by abundant digital media may not be a priority for the school’s leadership.
  • 4.
  • 5. 1. Creativity & Innovation & Entrepreneurship Individual ratings Travis Noakes Concern #5 There are significant differences in educators’ perceptions of the school’s promotion of creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation. © Travis Noakes
  • 6. 2. Will Abundant Digital Media Change Formal Education? The Likeliest Answer. Travis Noakes Concern #6 Although most educators believe it will have an impact, initial research fieldwork would suggest that few are prepared for this impact.
  • 7. 3. Rate the Scope for Including Abundant Digital Media Software in Your Subject Curricula? Travis Noakes Subject Respondents Result 1 Result 2 Result 3 Result 4 Biology 2 5 4 Drama 1 3 English 1 5 Geography 3 5 5 5 Library 1 4 Life Science 2 5 3 Life Orientation 4 5 4 4 4 Physical Science 1 4 Science 1 2 Visual Arts 1 5
  • 8. 3. Rate the Scope for Including Abundant Digital Media Software in Your Subject Curricula? Travis Noakes Concern #7 No feedback from educators in these subjects: Afrikaans, French, Latin and Xhosa. History. Music. Computer Studies. Mathematics. Physical Education. Concern #8 Are the educators that see scope in using Web 2.0 tools using them?
  • 9. 4. Do The Benefits Of Using Abundant Digital Media Outweigh The Hazards For Students? Travis Noakes Concern #9 Just under 43% of educators are worried that the benefits of abundant digital media are not more than its hazards.
  • 10. 5. Rate Your Attitude Towards Using Free Software in the Classroom? Travis Noakes Concern #10 While most educators have a positive attitude towards using free software in the classroom, they may not know how or why to teach with it.
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  • 12. 7. What Are the Biggest Challenges in Preparing for Abundance Culture? (Tick One or More) Travis Noakes Concern #11 What can be done to overcome the challenges of time, training and home web access cost?
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  • 20. Thanks to All Who Supported This Research… Travis Noakes National Research Foundation University of Cape Town, Department of Film and Media Studies Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Department of Informatics and Design. The private High School’s management, IT and Visual Arts departments. All educators who participated in the presentation and/or survey.

Editor's Notes

  1. Only a small percentage of educators who attended the presentation completed the questionnaire. Percentage of its exectuive.
  2. While the school received
  3. Six educators do not believe that the benefits of using abundant digital media outweigh the hazards.