Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Transmedia Education: Digital Literacy Skills For The 21st Century

In order to participate and prosper in the 21st century children will need to develop a new range of media literacy skills.
Henry Jenkins  identifies 11 core media literacy skills in his book Confronting The Challenges of Participatory Culture, Media Education for the 21st Century published by The MIT Pres and available here as a free download.

1.  PLAY: The Capacity to experiment with the Surroundings as a form of problem solving
2.  SIMULATION: The ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world processes
3.  PERFORMANCE: The ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery
4.  APPROPRIATION:  The ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content
5.  MULTITASKING:  The ability to scan the environment and shift focus onto salient details
6.  DISTRIBUTED COGNITION:  The ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities
7.  COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE:  The ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal
8.  JUDGEMENT:  The ability to evaluate the readability and credibility of different information sources
9.  TRANSMEDIA NAVIGATION:  he ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities
10.  NETWORKING:  The ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information
11.  NEGOTIATION:  The ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms

How many new media literacy skills do you have as an adult?
Do you share them with the children in your life? 
If you are a teacher,  how do you share them in your classroom?

Transmedia methods used for education are transforming the classroom from an isolated top down system to a connected global network of virtual classrooms.

"Transmedia storytelling represents a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience. Ideally, each medium makes its own unique contribution to the unfolding of the story." -  Henry Jenkins, Sandbox Summit 2010

Here's what a media literacies class project might look like.
Explore Locally, Excel Digitally by Vanessa Vartabedian

Did you know, "65% of young people are creating media?"-Henry Jenkins

Doug Belshaw's presentation to the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales (Australia) ICT Managers Conference 2011

Read more about transmedia & education
Transmedia & Education: Three Essential Readings, Jeff Watson

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