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 incorporating popular culture into their pedagogical practice. Adolescents and young adults are producing increasingly sophisticated forms of multimodal “text,” which include remixing dominant narratives of marginalized populations. Examples include re-messaging popular songs and video games for social change. The following four resources from the Digital Is site highlight how teachers can effectively support the critical media development of youth in their classrooms.
critical literacies, digital composing, digital learning, popular culture
on Sep 20, 2012
by Antero Garcia Cliff Lee
The Make Movement is a shift towards helping us see the value in the act of creating instead of merely consuming. As more young people spend their time online, it is important for us, as educators, to consider how we can help them develop the agency to move from being passive consumers to active creators.
create, make, write, writing
on Jul 24, 2012
For educators and parents, blogs can be tools for providing their students with relevant, purposeful, and connective writing and learning experiences. For students, blogging can offer new ways of participating in the affinity groups they are active in, or they can provide opportunities to discover and experience entirely new ones.
blogging, blog, out-of-school, tutoring
on May 23, 2012
How do youth explore and express identity online? How can educators support students as they work through this stage of development in online spaces?
online communities, online identity, youth media, identity, youth
on May 10, 2012
Right click. Copy. Paste. Save image as.Is it free for the taking? Or am I breaking the law? Teach and learn about fair use with the resources in this collection.
copyright, fair use, media literacy
on Jan 20, 2012
How do teachers get started? What can we learn from the digital journey of other educators? The resources here function both as stories of teachers who struggled and figured something out and as examples you might start with in your own classroom.
learning, new literacies, teaching
on Jan 11, 2012
Many teachers are wondering whether digital writing can align with the ELA strand of the Common Core State Standards, now adopted by 45 states and DC. Many Digital Is resources demonstrate that it can.
Common Core Standards, 21st century literacies
on Nov 4, 2011
One significant change to ‘Learning in the 21st Century’ comes in the form of “transmedia storytelling,” a process of writing and reading stories that invites participants into stories in ways that they have been unable to do before digital technologies and the internet allowed us to connect in so many ways, so quickly.
participatory culture, teaching, transmedia, transmedia education, transmedia reading, transmedia writing
on Jun 17, 2011
What happens when we become more deliberate in our thinking about placing text in motion and the direction suggested by the text itself? How does motion affect meaning and our interpretative process?
content, creativity, critical thinking, form, innovation, kinetic text, reading, writing
on May 13, 2011
Our lives are awash in short form compositions. What is the impact of these brief bursts of words and characters on teens, on teaching, and on writing itself?
short form, texting, Twitter
on Mar 17, 2011
With so many programs and tools, the possibilities for using technology in the classroom seem endless. How do you choose which to use? How do you know where to start?
making connections, community, getting started, professional development, professional learning community, teaching with technology
on Mar 14, 2011
Many of us maintain profiles across an ever-increasing number of websites, effectively distributing our identities into discrete, albeit linked, chunks. How do our different online incarnations serve our goals for connecting with others?
online communities, distributed identity, web presence
on Mar 11, 2011
What does it mean to be “visually” literate? How can we encourage students to be more deliberate and careful in how they look at the images that circulate in today’s digital culture?
images, image manipulation, critical visual literacy, media, photos
on Mar 9, 2011
by Danielle Nicole DeVoss
Newsflash: The Information Age, which favored the left brain, is over, according to Daniel Pink in his revolutionary new book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future. This collection explores the book and considers how the themes presented in A Whole New Mind may influence culture and education.
design, digital learning, empathy, meaning, play, senses, story, symphony
on Feb 28, 2011
Released in 2009, The Digital Writing Workshop (Heinemann) blends the pedagogical approach of a "writing workshop" with the technical and rhetorical features of "digital writing." This collection features a number of resources related to the concepts presented in the book, many of which feature fellow NWP teachers and examples from their classrooms.
digital writing workshop, learning, professional development, rhetoric, teaching, writing
on Feb 28, 2011