This week’s reading really focused on composing various digital productions that incorporated an array of texts, motions and sounds. During this weeks discussion, I’d like to hear everyone’s ideas regarding how we can utilize these types of new media literacies in our classrooms. How do or might they affect our students’ learning?
Prompt #1: In Bomer’s article, “New Literacies in the Material World,” the idea is introduced that new literacies have actually been around since the early cavemen have been drawing on cave walls. “New literacies are new ways of doing things, new ways of creating and working with text.” Do you think that as educators, sometimes we get too caught up in the technological side of new literacies? Sometimes the creations in our minds cannot even come close to being recreated or replicated on the internet. Are we limiting creativity and attention to detail because of the constant shove to utilize technology as a tool in our classrooms?
Prompt #2: In the video, “Record, Reflect and Share: Voice Thread as a Digital Portfolio,” we are introduced to a multimodal composing site called Voice Thread. How could we use Voice Thread in the classroom as teachers? How could our students use Voice Thread to enhance their learning?
Prompt #3: In Chapter 5, “Designing and Publishing Digital Writing,” Hicks discusses creating class anthologies of student writings using a wiki. He talks about how in years past it was too daunting to make actual publications by hand. Using the wiki as a form of digital writing, “the audience is extended, and students become much more aware, as readers and writers, of how they both share their work and respond to the work of others.” Do you think that students who struggle with reading and writing would be less inclined to participate in a wiki? Do you think that this could cause some anxiety or behavior problems from students who are not proud of their writing abilities? Putting information on a wiki for all of the class to see and critique would be a challenging critique for any writer, let alone one who struggles. What are your thoughts on this?
Prompt #4: The Skinner article, “Developing Literate Identities with English Language Learners Through Digital Storytelling,” displays how beneficial digital storytelling can be for ELL students who may struggle with language barriers. Do you think that digital storytelling would help bring students together who may struggle with communicating with their peers? What other kinds of students would benefit from digital storytelling? How could students participate in something like this if the school lacked the funding to provide computers and programs like this one?