Written for secondary school teachers, this resource expands educators' understanding of the relationship between their students and digital media and shows how to design learning opportunities that make the most of that relationship.
Based on the findings of a three-year study on youth and their use of digital media for informal learning, this book gives teachers a deeper awareness of the characteristics of "iGeneration culture" and the dynamic potential for student learning through digital media, such as fostering collaboration, creativity, feedback, and critiques.
Presented in a teacher-friendly format, each of the chapters include:
- A description of each digital medium
- A vignette about a young person using the medium
- Advice about navigating digital media for both novice and expert teachers, plus activities and sidebars
- A section addressing myths related to each medium
- A section on pedagogical implications and practices, including activities
Teaching Tech Savvy Kids provides examples of how to integrate digital media into secondary classrooms, explains how key characteristics of digital media can help to revitalize pedagogical practices, and increases teachers' options for offering more engaged, student-centered learning opportunities.
Jessica K. Parker is currently an assistant professor at Sonoma State University, and she studies how high schools integrate multimedia literacy into academic literacy learning. She has taught middle school, high school and college students for over a decade and has also created and taught professional development courses for teachers. She has published teacher-researcher articles in English Journal, and has presented at national conventions such as AERA, National Media Education Conference, NCTE Assembly for Research, and many others. Jessica completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley; she has a B.A. in Media Studies and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Education.
Foreword by Glynda Hull Preface Acknowledgments About the Author About the Contributors 1. Understanding Youth and New Media - Jessica K. Parker 2. Hanging Out With Friends: MySpace, Facebook, and Other Networked Publics - danah boyd and Jessica K. Parker 3. YouTube: Creating, Connecting, and Learning Through Video - Patricia G. Lange and Jessica K. Parker 4. Wikipedia: The Online Encyclopedia Based on Collaborative Knowledge - Jessica K. Parker 5. Role-Playing: Writing and Performing Beyond the Classroom - Becky Herr-Stephenson and Jessica K. Parker 6. Virtual Worlds: Designing, Playing and Learning - Jessica K. Parker and Maryanne Berry 7. Remix Culture: Digital Music and Video Remix, Opportunities for Creative Production - Erin B. Reilly 8. Conclusion - Jessica K. Parker Glossary Index