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Creating Media Texts
Transcript of Creating Media Texts
Creating Media Texts
To what extent are teachers using collaborative media tools in their classrooms?
William Kist (2003) says that from as early an age as possible, students exploring new media literacies should be encouraged to work together- and that their overall achievement should be closely linked to their ability to collaborate. (pg.11) What is Collaboration? Collaboration is working together in groups, sharing ideas, and striving towards a common goal. The new curriculum encourages students to be "successful in a future world that will be defined by global interaction, competition, engagement and networks" (Government of Alberta). The revolution of digital media has already made a profound impact on students, so we need to harness that as teachers.
Role of the Teacher
learning new technology, teaching technology and changing the methods that are used to instruct and asses.
How does technology encourage greater student creativity and engagement?
HOT blogging article (Zawilinski, 2009)
* The teacher wanted to start a class blog that integrated writing with reading.
* She learned how to blog by meeting with a collegue and doing research online
* Over the year she reflected and changed the way that students were encouraged to use the blog.
Grade 1 Behavior monitoring
* interctive icons representing each student in the classroom displayed on the SmartBoard.
* When the teacher observes positiive or negative behaviour, she adds positive or negative points onto the students icon
* These points tally up at the end of each reporting period and affect their final grading on attitude, behaviour, and effort in the classroom.
* Easy way for evaluating younger students behaviour.
"One way to capture student' interest in a traditional topic is to allow them to use nontraditional, 21st century methods to explore it... kids who couldn't write well would produce these marvelous productions. They spend all this time editing, composing, all these things they couldn't do with print" Collier, L. (2007). Council Chronicle, NCTE: The shift to 21st century literacies.
Indian Train Example:
How do Collaborative technologies help students prepare for a world beyond school?
-Grade seven visual art and media class
-Facing a real-world problem
-Twitter, Skype, computer design
-Emailing new design to CAD embassy
" Intentional learning and practice....will enable all young people to analyze and create media rather then just consume." (Reilly, E. & Robison, A. 2008).
* Students making media for the future (digital artifact folder).
* A lot of employers look for web presence.
* Teaching students to look at media (especially their own) critically, so that in the future they are more aware of the technical aspects of creating, and viewing media, as well as understanding how and why things are being portrayed in certain ways in order to cater to a particular audience.
John Dewey "perceived growth and learning as ongoing processes that extend beyond classroom experiences. Like Vygotsky Dewey believed construction and reconstruction of knowledge to be essential to people"s understanding of society and themselves and not a process that only children undergo." (Flint, 85)
1) Get into groups of 4 and collectively create a simple statement regarding the positive aspects to using collaborative media tools in the classroom.
2) Using the application GarageBand, each group will take turns sharing their statement in unison, creating a collaborative Literacy class podcast.
What did we Learn?
-Classroom experiences showed that there is a range of ways that teachers are using/not using technology to encourage collaboration
-Our curriculum is changing the year after we graduate, which proves that this new literacy is not going away. We need to adapt our teaching practices to new technologies in order to keep up with a changing world
- One of the biggest challenges is teacher
buy-in, so we have to go in with open minds
When collaborative work is created to be shared, students were much more invested in the final outcome then when no audience was present, or when the audience was the teacher alone. (Smythe and Neufeld, 2010)
Alberta Education. (2013). Why Change
Retrieved November 10th, 2013, from http://education.alberta.ca/department/ipr/curriculum/about/why-change.aspx
Collier, L. (2007). Council Chronicle. NTCE: The shift to 21st Century literacies.
Kist, W. (2003). Student achievement in new literacies for the 21st century.
Reilly, E. and Robison, A. (2008) "Extending media literacy: How young people re-mix and
transform media to serve their own interests." Youth Media Reporter.
Ryan, Mary E. (2008). Engaging Middle Years Students: Literacy Project That Matter. Jornal of
Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 52(3), 190-203.
Smythe, S. & Neufeld, P. (2010). Podcast time: Negotiating digital literacies and communities of
learning in a middle years ELL classroom. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 53(6), 488-496.
Woolfolk, A. & Winne, P. & Perry, N. (2012). Educational Psychology: Fifth Canadian Edition.
Pearson Canada, pg. 308-314.
Zawilinski, L. (2009). HOT blogging: A framework for blogging to promote higher order thinking.
The Reading Teacher, 62(8), 650-661.
* How easy using a new application like GarageBand is
* It doesn't take time, or alot of knowledge to learn the skills to create class projects like this
* As young teachers, it puts us at an advantage to know new forms of literacy.
Group Searching Practicum Example
* Grade 8 Students in a Life skills class were asked to pretend that they started a new job in New York, and were therefore responsible for planning a company picnic
* They had to search for a park meeting all criteria, and had 15 minutes to research and share their findings with the class.