The post below is a blog that was written earlier this school year. It reflects my thinking around what it would mean to train adults in new media literacy as DYN was bringing on New Mentors for the 2010-2011 school year:
What will it mean and/or look like to bring new mentors and/or teachers into the arena of new media literacy? You have 2 distinct audiences that have very unique needs. First, there is a need to define new media literacy and what that means in a DYN context. There are many definitions out there, but I like to think of it in ways that help support professionals (artists, teachers) in how to teach students to become new media literate. The DYN definition of new media literacy involve four objectives:
To ensure students possess a fundamental understanding of various modes of communication (verbal, musical, cinematic, oral, procedural, and visual) that comprise the new media landscape.
To ensure that students learn the methods (tools used to create within modes) associated with each mode of communication as they take on multiple tasks in the creation of new media artifacts.
To ensure that students are able to think critically (critiquing skills) about the meaning of new media messages as both consumers and producers.
To ensure that students develop a core set of values needed to become productive and prosperous citizens in the 21st century.
We believe there are five basic modes of new media communication: oral/verbal, visual, musical, cinematic, and procedural.
Seeing as though that media and technology aren't going anywhere and its value is just as much important as learning to read, write, and do math and science, how do we help teachers/artists understand and support digital learning whether it be in a formal or informal learning environment?
I have come to realize that first there must be an awareness of the audience, whether it that audience is teachers or artists. The following questions have to be addressed before we begin to think about what the adult learning should/could look like.
How do you define new media literacy?
Who are you in the realm of being new media literate?
What do you already know about new media literacy?
What do you believe and value about new media literacy?
What do you want to learn about new media literacy?