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Open Access Graduate Research Paper

Keywords

Technological literacy--Social aspects; Students--Effect of technological innovations on;

Abstract

This review explores the effects new literacy and digital learning has on our youth. It is empowering to students to be able to create while learning in the 21st century. One of the purposes of this review was to discover the greatest minds trying to understand the changing role of new media in education. A major resource used for this review was the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub supported by the MacArthur Foundation. This resource contained many articles that pertained to new literacy and digital learning. The articles led the reviewer to believe that a growing field of academics and public scholars contend that we must cultivate multiple literacies in addition to traditional "print" literacy in order to meet the needs of our high tech, multicultural society, and global culture. This review mentions three stages ("Hanging out," "messing around," and "geeking out") that define youth culture in our digital age, and show how students are modeling new literacy practices without even knowing it. This review highlights this research, and identifies video production as an ideal way to promote multiple literacies. This review then outlines a number of digital media programs targeted at youth that combine digital creativity and literacy. Finally, this review offers some suggestions towards arriving at helping young people get to a greater and more creative "digility."

Date of Award

2012

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Leigh E. Zeitz

Comments

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Date Original

2012

Object Description

1 PDF file (iv, 40 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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