Teaching New Media Literacies with Blogfolios and Multimedia Presentations

Jason Ohler talks looks at changes in literacy, digital storytelling and the challenges and opportunities for teaching in New-Media Literacies: Don’t be so text-centric; experiment with the media technologies your students use

Being literate in a real-world sense means being able to read and write using the media forms of the day, whatever they may be. For centuries, consuming and producing words through reading and writing and, to a lesser extent, listening and speaking were sufficient. But because of inexpensive, easy-to-use, and widely available new tools, literacy now requires being conversant with new forms of media as well as text, including sound, graphics, and moving images. In addition, it demands the ability to integrate these new media forms into a single narrative, or “media collage,” such as a Web page, blog, or digital story.

The capabilities and options provided by the social help expand communication from an outward facing solitary broadcast to a community, collaborative exercise.

Since the advent of the Web, expression has shifted toward including social, rather than strictly individual, kinds of communication. Traditional essays remain vitally important, but they now co-exist with new media within the context of a “social web,” often referred to as Web 2.0, which permits collaborative narrative construction and publication through blogs and services like MySpace, Google Docs, and YouTube.

He incorporates these new ideas into the classroom by having students manage blogfolios and create two multimedia presentations.

Using Jing to Grade Student Assignments

A recent post at Teach Paperless demonstrates the use of Jing to grade student assignments.

What would take 20 minutes to write out can be done in 5, allows a wider range of feedback and multi-media interaction with resources.

What a great idea! It is exciting to use the use of video and voice as feedback on written assignments.  I can see the applications for this in library instruction for staff, patrons and students.

Call for Proposals – Media & Learning: Towards the Era of Digital Fluency

This conference, entitled Media & Learning: Towards the Era of Digital Fluency is being organised as a collaboration between the Flemish Ministry of Education and the European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture and will take place in the Flemish Ministry of Education Headquarters in Brussels to co-incide with the Belgian Presidency of the European Union.

Organised by ATiT in Brussels, 25-26 November, this conference will bring together practitioners and policy makers in a two day event which will highlight the latest developments, services and digital and media competences in education and training. This event will incorporate the annual MEDEA Awards.

All interested individuals, project teams, institutions and organisations are invited to submit proposals to give presentations, demonstrations and workshops at this conference, the closing date for submissions is 1 June 2010. Visit the conference website for more information.

Themes:

  • Digital and media skills and competences
  • Fostering the creation of media-based resources at all levels of education and training
  • Use and re-use of existing media resources in education and training

Topics:

  • Training and licensing of teachers, trainers and others in the education and training sector in the creation and use of media for education
  • Promotion of digital and media literacy amongst students
  • Creation of educational media resource banks and associated services
  • Measuring and recognising digital and media skills amongst the current and future work-force
  • Understanding Intellectual Property Rights in the educational media domain
  • Promoting Digital Fluency amongst the European workforce

Download the proposal documents

I so wish I could go to this! If any librarians end up going please let me know.

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