My media meanderings start and end with my teaching. By teaching something to others, I feel compelled to explore and learn more about it first. So it is with my media and digital literacy work.
This week I’m exploring participatory culture with video, blogs and readings primarily from Henry Jenkins. The Seven Great Debates in the Media Literacy Movement by Renee Hobbs is also a critical reading. This is supported by the Teacher Backgrounder provided by Media Smarts Canada. Then a Google Form where each student has a ‘voice’ and makes a ‘choice’ about their beliefs about media literacy.
My meanderings, in preparation for my teaching, started with the Media Literacy Fundamentals from the Media Smarts web site. This resulted in one sketch note so far, with another one on the drawing board. When it comes to teaching about media should there even be a question about ‘why’ we should or should not be teaching it? Do we really need ten good reasons? Since tips are often helpful so that’s where I started. Visualizing these in an easy to read graphic can push awareness faster and further. So I meandered to the tips first.
The results from the classroom discussions about media and participatory culture resulted in a ‘parking lot’ using Today’s Meet. Ideas and insights were posted after the readings and group discussions were completed. In order to extend this learning, I meandered into a word cloud generator and created an interactive image that captures the frequency of key words or concepts from this topic. The interactive version of this image is found on the course blog site.
My own meandering ended up with a closer look at the class results from the Seven Great Debates survey. Here I see the challenges teachers and teaching can have when integrating media literacy. There are paradoxical views and disagreement in key areas from the media literacy movement as outlined by Renee Hobbs. This activity helps each of us, as teachers, educators, and parents to examine our beliefs about media literacy and come to some common understanding or common ground. Those who feel that media literacy can or can’t protect kids need to have some deeper conversations to ensure that the outcomes are best for kids, independent of personal beliefs. You can see a snapshot of the results here or take a closer look on the course blog site.
If you’d like to try this survey yourself, it’s available for an open audience. You’ll need to provide some contextual information so the results can be compared for analytic purposes. My students may learn more about media literacy and key issues from your responses – part of our own participatory culture!
Media is a great place to wander, wonder and engage.
It’s your turn to participate!
- tweet about your #media and #connectedlearning
- complete the survey