Henry Jenkins: Fandom, Literacy, and Scholarship

Reading, writing, and understanding words on a page won’t cut it anymore. In a digitized world, Henry says young people need new skills that go way beyond basic composition and comprehension. Skills like play (“the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving”), collective intelligence (“the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal”), and transmedia navigation (“the ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities”).
~Henry Jenkins~

Read this April 16 article at Boing Boing in which Henry Jenkins discusses the relationship between fandom and literacy:

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Free Webinar: Collective Intelligence with Henry Jenkins

from the New Media Literacies Community Site:

For the 3rd in this 8-part series, we will explore the new media literacy collective intelligence, and its relevance to educational practices. Leading this in-depth discussion will be renowned media scholar, USC’s Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts, and author, Henry Jenkins. Be ready to participate!  This webinar is scheduled for April 15, 2010 at 7PM EST/4PM PST.

In addition to the white paper, take a look at our featured videos to get an idea of how collective intelligence is used.

Also, check out these Challenges in theLearning Library to explore other’s understanding of the skill:

Monkeys on Typewriters: http://www.newmedialiteracies.org/library/#/challenge/69

Swimming in Pools of Knowledge: http://www.newmedialiteracies.org/library/#/challenge/129

Chains of Thought: http://www.newmedialiteracies.org/library/

Also, save the date for  June 10, 2010 at 7pm EST / 4pm PST : Transmedia Navigation!

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