An Introduction to Contemporary Media
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An Introduction to Media:
Why are you here?
The use of contemporary media can support the presentation of ideas and meaning, storytelling and messaging, collaborative creation, sharing, networking and connection.
Today’s media landscape represents an ecology of capacity, created by networked tools that afford access to people, ideas and resources.
Consider the opportunities that media provide a movement from information access to collaborative creativity.
How can media be created, mashed up, or remixed?
Beta media landscape: constantly shifting and morphing, always in motion
Disruptive: social media, of the 1/2 billion tweets per day, 4.2 million are related to education. 3000 in the time I took to say this sentence
Creative: Hey Jude flowchart
Expansive: drone photography
Immersive: nytimes for breakfast
In a contemporary device landscape (phone, desktop, tablet, laptop), interoperability is expected.
How does digital media influence and change the nature of school, how and what students learn, how educators work, and how schools tell their story.
Literacy to Transliteracy
There is a shifting notion of what it means to be literate. Typical representation of literacy: read, write, communicate, code and encode messages.
See this definition of literacy from the National Council of Teachers of English: http://www.ncte.org/positions/statements/21stcentdefinition
Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks. From transliteracy.com
Multiple literacies? digital, invention, media, information, etc.
GapMinder (visual representations of data) gapminder.com
The Power of Media and the Brain
Brain size and capacity
The power of the optic nerve
Creative Capacity: Tools and Resources Demonstration
- design environment for creating a wide variety of professional image types
- create imagery, stories and video
design tool for creating imagery
comprehensive tool for creating data representations
create sound files and podcasts
page layout program for creating documents
companion product to LucidPress for creating charts and layouts
visual collaboration interface
visual collaboration interface
fantastic tool for video reflection
Apple iPhone tool for creating quick videos
my pick for image manipulation of photos on a smartphone, iOS and Android
Google Slides and Photos
Multifaceted tool for presentation and image curation
Get a Canva account
Get images to work with:
Download an image set of photos from Gratisography
Obtain a Canva account and create a series of image
Obtain an Adobe account and create an image, story, or video
Explore Unsplash, Gratisography
Implications for work
What ideas will you bring back to your school? What tools resonated with you?
What constitutes a professional’s media presence? A media presence for students? A school's presence?
Where do kids learn to create? Where are the physical locations in schools?
How might we tell the story of an organization and create an identity through media?
Managing beta? How will you do that? How will you stay up on the latest and greatest? Do you need to?
How do you procure and manage the distribution of assets? How might you budget for tools and capacity?
How do we help students to create themselves into existence?
Create introduction through the use of tools