Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Per our Discussion on 11/3

Check out this very interesting and relevant article that Carolyn found!

School leaders: Focus on new-age skills
New survey suggests that 21st-century assessments should top lawmakers' ed-tech agendas, even as the economy slows school tech purchases


Ms. Fortuna said...

I've also been fascinated by the work done in conjunction between MIT and Harvard on new media literacy. Here's the introduction to their website, and their white paper is available for review. I've recently signed up for their e-mail newsletter so I can keep up-to-date as their research studies are released. --- CF

What Are the New Media Literacies?

Project New Media Literacies (NML), a research initiative based within MIT's Comparative Media Studies program, explores how we might best equip young people with the social skills and cultural competencies required to become full participants in an emergent media landscape and raise public understanding about what it means to be literate in a globally interconnected, multicultural world.

The white paper Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century (Jenkins et al., 2006) identifies the three core challenges: the participation gap, the transparency problem and the ethics challenge, and shares a provisionary list of skills needed for full engagement in today's participatory culture. In the video below, members of the NML team share their thoughts and perspectives on the skills we call the New Media Literacies.