cultural literacy

  (Song above: Entertainment art featuring 19-year old 5eHERU Biz media mentor High-Top Carter rapping about his experiences as a young media leader during the DML 2013 Conference) HERU- Growing Youth Leadership and Digital Economies: economics- the science of satisfying a lifetime's wants and needs with limited or scarce natural resources. youth leadership-  a young person’s ability to create a...
I am BRYCE, an executive record producer, performing artist, and native Detroiter. Recently, I have re-purposed my career in pop music to serving youth and building sustainable communities through economic justice, expressed through entertainment media arts.  IMG_4580.jpg   My entry into the world of popular education is via my youth media literacy organization-...
Henry Jenkins is a well-known scholar of new media and participatory culture studies. In Reading in a Participatory Culture: Remixing Moby-Dick in the English Classroom - a recent book, co-published by the National Writing Project and Teachers College Press - he discusses an experiment to develop a new curriculum for middle and high school English classrooms, one that allows for the integration...
Popular culture has changed. No longer just television and movie franchises created by large Hollywood conglomerates, popular culture can be formed by the students in our classrooms. Our students are now both consumers and producers. Sure, they watch the latest blockbuster, but they also spend time making Youtube videos and mashups. This shift is an important one for educators to recognize when...
John Jones, assistant professor of professional writing and editing at West Virginia University, presents some fascinating thoughts about the changing nature of writing in his summer blog posts at DMLcentral. In "The Challenge of Teaching Networked Writing," Jones argues that the daily writing practices of students should have a place in the writing classroom. He refers to this writing as ...
David Low - Unwholesome and Insipid Fruit_final.pdf In this humourous academic essay, I explore the historical roots of media panics, which are triggered by generational power struggles over the right to define and preserve culture. Within such panics there is often a rift between youth-oriented popular culture and adult-guarded "high" culture. This rift generally plays out as new media vs. old...
For digital learning day, I wanted to both celebrate the work of my students and explore the relationship between digital media and equity; how do we use digital media to enhance academic instruction, while also teaching for transformation?
The title of the video does not point to the real direction of this discussion! In this excellent episode of The Agenda with Steve Paikin, Alice Robinson, Nichole Pinkard, Mark Federman, and Andrea Lunsford discuss the big question: what is happening with young people and their writing? It's a great discussion of the bigger questions out in the public mind. Are young people writing better or...
Youth are communicating with each other and the larger society today using a variety of digital and social media tools, but what are they saying? What possibilities do these digital tools hold for social, political, and economic change?
A participatory culture is a culture with relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations, and some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices. A participatory culture is also one in which members believe their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social...

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