Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chapter 1 Digital and Media Literacy

During the first few paragraphs of the first chapter I was reminded of the video we watched where the baby was trying to work the magazine like a tablet, the situation described is a second grade student is pretending that their black and white composition book is a laptop during a snack or lunch break.  It is very clear the differences when I grew up:

 and how they are growing up now:

 Renee Hobbs states that a "2011 national survey showed that nearly one in three babies and toddlers has a TV in his or her bedroom up from 19% just 6  years earlier" (Hobbs p 13 2013).  I worry because are the children actually engaged the whole time in front of the TV or are they sitting zombies like so many doctors and other articles would like us to believe. 
 Another interesting fact is how most toddlers are able to work hand held devices like I-phones or tablets and now exactly how to get to the app they want and exit.   "Most children who use video games or computers begin when they are just 3 1/2 years old (Hobbs p 13 2013). 
 I found this chapter to be a great introduction to what digital literacy is, because what we might think being literate is such as speaking, reading and writing, can also be interpreted as speaking into the computer microphone, reading a web page, and typing on a blog.  We essentially are doing all  traditional aspects of being a literate person.  

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Discovering Media Literacy

Yay!!! I have finally received my book!!  I will be blogging on Discovering Media Literacy, Teaching Digital Media in Popular Culture in Elementary School by Renee Hobbs and David Cooper Moore.  I thought it very fitting since I am a 5th grade teacher.  This is an area that I really want to improve in my classroom. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I learn and find some really great things in here.