Literacies

So. REconsider these ideas about literacy and participatory culture. I wrote this in 2009; they are more relevant today as we understand that “literacies” are really literacy– the ability to understand texts in any media as well as create those ‘texts.’

What I wrote:

I found a blog post by Susan Carter Morgan which included MIT’s Henry Jenkins’s video about New Media Literacies. See the blog here.

Love this:
New Media Literacies: “Becoming part of the participatory culture….Skills that connect people together with something larger than the individual levels….”

The logo for Project New Media Skills is “create, circulate, connect, collaborate.” I would add consider — consider the ideas; to consider reflects contemplation and compassion, and is a supportive skill for “group citizenship.”

For more videos by Henry Jenkins, go here and Kevin Lim’s blog here. The latter video discusses transmedia storytelling and is very powerful. Think about it:

Citizens today can “sieze control and tell their own stories in their own ways” rather than be told ideas by the old media, and instead of Big Brother watching us, “we are watching big brother every moment of the day.” I need to watch this one again to digest it.

Think of the potential. Think of the skills, group and citizen, that we must guide our students with and to…

Henry Jenkins on Transmedia – November 2009 from niko on Vimeo.

Thanks to Susan Carter Morgan and Kevin Lim for circulating these videos so I could consider them, connect to them, and circulate them again…

[also blogged at CR 2.0 and EC Ning]

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