This blog post reports from the APPI 2012 conference in Coimbra, Portugal. The theme of the conference is “Motivated Teachers make a difference” – I’m updating as I go, so apologies for any typos, I’ll try and clear those up later.
Plenary Session: Nicky Hockly – Digital Literacies
Again – some quotes from the abstract: “Digital Literacies are key 21st century skills … we look at some of the theory underpinning them and some practical classroom activities that can make a difference to students”.
(Editor’s note: I’ve spotted the telltale “prezi” navigation buttons in the bottom right hand corner of the screen, so I’m expecting lots of looping and whirling! Fair play to Nicky who’s still hobbling around on crutches after breaking her leg some weeks ago!)
So here we go:
With a completely straight face, Nicky Hockly’s trying to get the entire audience to dress up in a lumberjack outfits and march in support of the Pacific North West tree octopus. She’s almost got everyone convinced…. and has now come clean!
Essentially, we’ve just had a fairly typical reading lesson: prediction, schema raising, etc – but with the spoof website (as above). The point being that one of the skills learners need is to be able to assess the veracity of websites on the internet, in particular by examining the different features of websites and analysing them: e.g. news / blog / hyperlinks / links to official orgs / other research / content tabs / url / layout, font, colours / images & maps / style of language / quotes. The website is a parody, so it does contain most of these features, but as it is a parody, they don’t match our expectations of authenticity. Learners need to think about these things and use them to approach websites critically – in other words we need to develop learners’ digital literacies.
Digital Literacies (after Mark Pegrum):
- Focus on Language: texting / hypertext / multi-media / mobile / gaming / tech & coding / print
- Focus on Connections: personal / network / cultural & inter-cultural / participatory
- Focus on Information: search / tagging / info
- Focus on (re) design: remix
See: http://e-language.wikispaces.com/mr3 for more information.
Focus on remix literacy:
Taking original information, re-presenting it and adding something new and original. Similar to the idea of remixing music, but extended into an approach to accessing and processing information, possibly with the idea of provoking thought or subverting convention.
An example of remix literacy: literal videos: videos that de-construct original content and re-describe the action from a literal, and occasionally subversive point of view. Exploiting them: http://www.overstream.net/ or http://www.subtitlehorse.org/ – get learners to redub / subtitle their own videos, using videos from You Tube. Great examples of this include the parodies of Hitler’s tantrum from the film “The Downfall”. Apparently copyright laws permit original material to be used for the purposes of parody.
Be careful with the distinction between copyright & fair use.
Implications of Digital Literacies:
- integration into syllabus, using a web text instead of a paper text.
- Digital divide – find out who in your classes have the access to the technology. Technology use does NOT equate to digital literacy.
- Student learning – use of technology needs to be principled, make sure you aren’t using the tech for the tech’s sake, but that there are clear learning goals involved.
- Develop and keep up with development via a PLN
And I’ve just found her Prezi for this session online: http://prezi.com/svpcbl8q_aml/digital-literacies-nicky-hockly/