Digital and Media Literacy

18 Apr

I started this post with this animation because it made me “Think” and contributed to further questions relating to my investigation of information literacy in the 21 century.

As I further my exploration of new literacies and how they pertain to Information Literacy, I am focusing on Media Literacy and Digital Literacy in this post. I have placed these two together as I perceive there to be a convergence happening between the two. Examples include broadcast yourself on youtube, self-publishing via blogs, podcasts, photo-sharing and even the move of traditional media formats to online formats. It is all underpinned by Web 2.0 tools and the idea that we are at once both consumers and producers ~ ‘Prosumers’,  in this digital world.

In terms of literacy, this is a fundamental shift and it raises many questions such as How to create? How to evaluate? How to understand cross-cultural contexts of the world in this convergence? How to understand social meanings? How to use technology and tools to participate? How to share? How to reach the widest audience? How to filter? What is relevant? How to locate? What is ownership? and so on and so on…

Harking back on concepts about how people like to learn there have been many, including myself, that respond to visuals as an enhancement of understanding or even as an inroad to ideas and planning for further creation. This brings into focus the importance of visuals for learning and necessitates the need for consideration when investigating notions of literacy. How do we read visuals and images? How do we utilise them in the creation of meaning?What is shared in terms of encoding and decoding that broadens access to understanding when we utilise visuals/images? How is this assimilated in our learning? Why are visuals so important?

The Periodic Table of Visualisation Methods below is a great summary of the types of visuals/images that aid literacy development in this area. Click on the image below and move mouse over the elements for more information.

The following video draws attention to this world of ‘connectivity’ that Web 2.0 has contributed to and is specific to the need for change in the teaching-learning context. It has a definition or summary of 21century literacies. I love the end quote “It is the death of education but the dawn of learning”

New Media literacies

Following are links to resources specific to Digital literacy and Media literacy. They are links to websites with more information or e-journals with articles specific to media and/or digital literacy

ACMA resources for digital literacy

ejournal with article on “Digital literacy across the curriculum”

ejournal about digital literacy as literacy for 21century titled “Connecting the Digital Dots: Literacy of the 21st Century”


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