#"As an instructor of undergraduate and graduate students at University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University, I created a syllabus for the benefit of other college/university level instructors. I am beginning to develop a high school version. (If you are a high school teacher, and want to work on making the syllabus more suitable for high school students, contact Howard Rheingold). This variation is a pared-down version intended to accompany an online course -- the other versions are intended for longer term blended learning, combining online and face to face discourse. Please feel free to use, modify, and share this syllabus and the others."
In understanding the shift from literacy to digital literacy–or rather to understand them both in their own native contexts–it may help to take a look at the underlying assumptions of digital literacy.
This means looking at what’s changing, why it’s changing, and what that means for education.
As the field of media literacy education has matured over the past 25 years, its focus has evolved from WHAT is taught to HOW we teach.
The Core Principles of Media Literacy Education is a NAMLE project to expand the boundaries of the field and encompass the opportunities and possibilities of 21st century learning technologies to transform both learning and teaching – from kindergarten to college.
Many presentations from the European Conference on Information Literacy (held in October 2013) have been put online. Although they are not all there, this is a great resource, as there were a huge number of presentations, on all sorts of aspects of information literacy. There are presentations from people in many different countries, with both research-focused and practice-focused presentations
Just in the past few years, those who study children's relationship with media have received their own journal, titled (with surprising clarity for academe) The Journal of Children and Media (or JOCAM). I interviewed the founder and co-editor of JOCAM, Dafna Lemish, via email exchange, where we discussed the Journal's origins, purpose and focus; as well as the current direction and needs of the children and media research community.
danah boyd (she doesn’t capitalize her name) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, where she looks at how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives. She has a new book out called It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, and she’s made it available as a free PDF. On her website she writes, “I didn’t write this book to make money. I wrote this book to reach as wide of an audience as I possibly could.
These free materials are designed to empower pupils and students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Find the lessons that are just right for your classroom.
Browse by Key Stage or Year Group, for cross-curricular lessons which address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way.
"What are the building blocks or “atoms” of Wikipedia? A Wikipedia article can have many elements, but at its core is it built of originally-worded statements of fact with a citation to areliable, published source which is independent of the thing written about. When a contribution is removed, it has usually broken at least part of this definition."
Take a look at how Finnish media education is promoted through national policies and in various organizations and projects. Get a taste of a few shining examples based on joint national efforts, and see a brief history of how Finland has developed into a forerunner in media education.