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What media making and social learning tools are best at engaging learners? What have you or your learners made and how did it impact learning? What would you like to make? Share!


Most agree that classrooms need to provide opportunities for students to create and engage with new media technology. However, that realization still leaves us far from the specifics needed to make it happen. Over the next four weeks our #TeachDoNow discussions will take us through some of that territory by exploring media making tools, civic engagement and discourse, safety, and, finally, managing the complex 21st century learning environment.

The past decade has seen an explosion in the tools and software available for making and sharing media. Students today grew up in a world of low-cost digital cameras, high speed internet, powerful smart phones, free or cheap photo and video editing software, and plenty of spaces to share all of their creations. Creating and sharing media is a critical part of the culture of young people. It is a culture defined by digital participation. In the 17th century Rene Descartes wrote, “I think, therefore I am.” However, the mantra of today’s youth culture would be better summarized by, “I share, therefore I am.” Schools, for the most part, have yet to understand the intensity of this belief and it’s impact on learning.

Henry Jenkins, Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, notes that interviews with young people shows that almost all of them have a richer intellectual and creative life outside of school than inside, and that the things they cared about were things they did after the school day was over. How do we harness the incredible powers of students IN SCHOOL? How do we awaken their passion and engage them in learning? Certainly there are many answers to these questions. Media making and social learning and are one of the potential answers.

Our driving design questions:

  • What experiences do you have making media with students?
  • How do you balance the demands for 21st century skills such as media making with the need to teach writing and more traditional forms of communication?
  • What is the role of media as a replacement for traditional text? And, the role of media making as a replacement for traditional writing?


Edutopia video Henry Jenkins on Participatory Culture and Media Education
In this engaging production, Henry Jenkins, a leading media scholar at the University of Southern California, discusses the new media literacies and explains digital media’s role in creating greater opportunities for creativity, civic engagement and political participation.

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We encourage participants to reply to other people’s tweets and posts to foster more of a conversation. We also value community generated media that can be linked to tweets or posts. You can visit our video tutorials that showcase how to use several web-based production tools. 

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More Resources

TED video Rives: A story of mixed emoticons
The poet Rives tells a simple story in a way you might not have seen before, and brings into focus the powerful ways new media is shaping the form of stories we tell and the language we use to tell them.

New Media Literacies infographic – PLAY! Framework
A simple overview of the 12 core abilities at the core of the New Media Literacies.

TEDx Talks video Andrea Quijada – Creating critical thinkers through media literacy
Andrea Quijada, Executive Director of the Media Literacy Project, speaks about the impact of media on culture, politics, and technology in this short talk from TEDxABQED.

KQED Education video series Digital Tools
A collection of short tutorials designed to get you moving quickly with a wide range of digital media making tools including Mozilla Popcorn Maker, Thinglink, Prezi and more.

#TeachDoNow webinar Episode 2: Using Connected Learning principles to promote 21st century learning?
Special guests Paul Oh (@poh), Antero Garcia (@anterobot), Nicole Mirra (@Nicole_Mirra), and Terry Heick (@TerryHeick) share Connected Learning principles and resources and lead an exploration about how to promote the kinds of skills in students required by our 21st century culture. 

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