Media Literacy-The Need Is NOW!

No matter the discipline or topic, ALL educators need to take some class time to discuss media literacy issues. Facebook and other social media forums are being scrutinized for “Fake News.”   A PewResearch survey reported that 62% of U.S adults get their news on social media and two-thirds of Facebook users (66%) get their news on the site.  That’s over half the U.S. population looking to social media for local and national information.   Social Media users often taint their news posts with their personal opinions and embellishments. It becomes Fake News.  We saw the effects during our last Presidential Campaign.  Many folks, particularly our youth, aren’t able to analysis news stories or know how to recognize credible news sources.  They can’t discern what is real and what is fake.   Just because the news comes from a major network broadcast operation, doesn’t mean it’s credible.  Public Radio Internation CEO, Alisa Miller provides an excellent segue into a media literacy class activity with her Ted Talk on the power of the news to distort our worldview.  Media Literacy must be included in our core curriculums.

How the News Distorts Our Worldview
A must see TedTalk by Alisa Miller, CEO, Public Radio International (PRI)As the CEO of Public Radio International, Alisa Miller works to bring the most significant news stories to millions — empowering Americans with the knowledge to make choices in an interconnected world.

Compress Yourself – Blast from the Past

Tag Cloud Your Resume

I was browsing through my WP site and came across this poast.  Remember when this was all the rage?  I would have my students take their resumes and paste it into a word cloud app.  I also knew colleagues who would have their students paste their essays and compositions into a cloud maker so the young authors could visualize their work.  The students would post the image with their compositions in their portfolios.  Talk about early multimodal composition!  TagCrowd is still operational.  Here’s what I look like today.

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Blast From the Past Post – July 10, 2008

Recently, I received a message from my colleague, Htay Hla, Director of Information Technology at University of Arizona. Htay is a member of our Epsilen Web 2.0 group. He had put one of my posted journal articles through a tag cloud generator, Tag Crowd. He sent the generated tag cloud to me in a pdf format. I thought, “AMAZING! Could this be a tool for the classroom?” I tried it. I put my resume through the Tag Crowd. Look! It’s me, professionally compressed!

Nancy Wozniak Professional Tag Cloud

Go to the site – http://www.tagcrowd.com and catch a vision. I see it used in visual arts, economics, writing, history, biology … you name it. Try it. Let me know what you think.

Course Design with Multimodal Media

Changing up traditional assignments summarized on Microsoft documents with digital formats such as Prezi presentations, concept maps and infographics, digital storytelling, have be proven to enhance understanding and learning.  Multimodal learning also includes art, music, movement, and drama.  Stony Brook’s Amy Sullivan, Center for Dance, Movement, and Somatic Learning, has her students document learning and movement outcomes with smart phone videos and eportfolios.  It’s not just the Humanities and Arts that build outcome-based assessment around multimodal media learning projects.  Dr. Gary Halada, Associate Professor, Engineering Materials Science, allows students to use various media and presentation formats of their choice for their team final projects in his Disasters in Engineering course.  His students have written and performed poetry, songs, digital stories, short plays, and physical reenactments using props as they conveyed their research and conclusions on the engineering disasters of history to the class.  Share your course designs with multimodal media and resources.  Suggest tools.

Multimodal Media?  NOTE-National Council of English Teachers defines it as the integration of multiple modes of communication and expression can enhance or transform the meaning of the work beyond illustration or decoration.  What does this mean to teaching and learning?  The article summarizes thoughts at  http://www.ncte.org/governance/multimodalliteracies

Other Resources:
The Digital Rhetoric Collaborative is a space for shared inquiry into the range of ideas, conversations, and activities that together constitute the work of digital rhetoricians and of the computers and writing community.: http://www.digitalrhetoriccollaborative.org