Students in CM 410 are exploring the shifts taking place from the dominant old broadcast media to the democratizing new media. For starters, they are reading Kevin Kelly's NY Times Article, "Becoming Screen Literate," as a way to understanding how things work differently in this brave new digital world.
Students in Intro to Digital Literacies class are reading an excerpt from Chris Anderson's The Long Tail. They are posting thoughts about how cultural influence has shifted from broadcast media to new media.Ohm and did I mention that they are reading this NY Times bestseller in COMIC form? and in an ONLINE format? Yeah, these are pretty smart and savvy students! Check out their observations in their posts.
Teaching a class where every student is "on the computer" most of an entire class period is a little unnerving, but necessary. Limestone students in CM 410 (Digital Literacies 1) are currently working to set up their blogs - trying out different templates, experimenting with colors and images, and adding functionality like a "blog list" to connect all our classmates into a social-networking community.
Their first posts will be introductory reflections about their involvement with digital media - but they will also be reading and responding to Kevin Kelly's NY Times article on "Screen Literacy." Watch the blog list at the right of this column for their posts on these and other interesting reflections as they matriculate through this class and engage the Brave New World of Digital Literacy!