At the end of this unit students will be able to:
This unit places such discourse within the identification, creation and use of digital media in the education context. It is intended to support teachers in creating and using digital media and to analyse and discuss the benefits and/or threats of their use and the impact within pedagogical and theoretical frameworks such as constructivism and multiple intelligences. A portfolio of digital media will be created.Back to Top
“Digital tools will not replace the book, paper and pen, face to face interaction, or all the other ways that we socialize, learn, and communicate. But they are taking their place alongside these other means and modes of education, and they are changing the way young people are learning and how they expect to be taught. The net effect of these technologies is to make learning more participatory, at once more self-directed and more collaborative. Students today need to be more skeptical of what they see and hear, more willing to ask questions, more active in synthesizing what they find, and more creative in what they design, build, and produce. Such changes may be driven by technology and its effects, but ultimately they also require a shift in the paradigm for teaching and learning. MacArthur’s work in education aims to help students, parents, schools, and communities adapt to a new reality”.
Digital media refers to the form in which data is stored electronically and ranges from cellular phones, compact discs, computers, electronic books, games, interactive media, the internet and televisions. The rise of digital media can be traced through its evolution from tapes to cds to cloud technology to mashups. There is a great increase in the use of digital media and digital media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. Within the educational context the creation and use of digital media and digital media platforms are on the rise. The international education technology standards call for an increase in the digital experience and digital education for students.
For more information, please refer to the Wikipedia article on Digital Media
Of particular focus within the education sector is interactive media, which is situated in the Constructivist discourse for students to be actively involved in the process of learning. Computer systems are directed by the user’s actions to create and present digital content in forms of: text, graphics, animation, video, audio, etc.
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Please complete the following four assignments:
Assignment #1: Choose a topic/theme presented in the readings and post-questions above and post your synopsis of key points and implications in the educational context to the forum “Digital Media in the education context”. Make an original post and comment on at least three other posts.
Assignment #2: Create a video media production highlighting your key points in assignment 1 and the discussion thread presented from responses to your post. Upload your media production to the forum “Media production”. Respond to at least three of your colleagues’ productions.
Assignment #3: Visit the site Alan Levine. (2007). “50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story.” Accessed 25 March 2009. Choose a tool create and present a story using your chosen tool. Create a blog post of your reflection in using the tool.
Assignment #4: Post your questions to the Youtube video - Michael Moore's Statement about File Sharing and Piracy (embedded below) to the discussion forum “File sharing and Piracy”. Respond to at least three posts.
Alan Levine. (2007). “50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story.” Accessed 25 March 2009. http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/StoryTools
Alexander, B. (2006) Web 2.0: A new wave of innovation for teaching and learning? http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/erm0621.pdf
American Broadcasting Corporation - http://www.abc.net.au/corp/pubs/media/s1842869.htm
David Noble's Digital Diploma Mills http://communication.ucsd.edu/dl/
Lamb, B. (2007). Dr. Mashup; or, Why Educators Should Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Remix. http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/erm0740.pdf
Blog on Evolution and Trends in Digital Media. Article - Media Technology and Society
A History: From the Telegraph to the Internet by Brian Winston http://kristina-digital.blogspot.com/2006/10/evolution-and-trends-in-digital-media.html
Youtube video, Michael Moore's File Sharing and Piracy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7uvRCyVfa0Back to Top