Friday, April 12, 2013

Digital Literacy - Gavin Dudeney

People are talking about DSL (Digital as a Second Language) nowadays and Gavin's talk was about the importance of being digitally fluent if you're a 21st century teacher. So important in fact, that Gavin has written a book about it, with co-authors Nicky Hockley and Mark Pegrum (Digital Literacies, Pearson, 2013)

There are many different digital literacies relevant to language: (texting, print, gaming, mobile, multimedia, code); others with a focus on information (information, search, tagging); those that relate to connections (personal, participatory, network, and (inter)cultural) and remix.

The last of these Gavin illustrated by showing a video of Tony Blair and George Bush's love song.


In the current age, we need to take all of these into consideration because they are part of the skill set that people need and in some ways, as Gavin mentioned, educators are now preparing people for jobs that currently don't exist.

Mobility is now one of the key factors and the shift to handheld devices has now started to have an impact upon what many teachers now do in class. Despite this, many of our students perceive that there is a gap between what happens in the real world and what happens in the classroom.

This means that a lot of us need to 'up-skill' Gavin shared the TPK model (technological, pedagogical knowledge) that he believes is the way that we should be moving. Another model of technology application in class is the SAMR model (substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition)

Gavin finished by taking questions from the audience and sharing his slides (http://www.dudeney.com/DigiLitLiverpool.pdf) and resources (http://www.theconsultants-e.com/resources/ToolsResources/DigiLit.aspx


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  3. Is Gavin representative of how teachers in this UK circle are approaching the digital media? There is a striking contrast with the way analogue media were viewed back in the early 1990s, when it was not unheard of to see lecturers at schools of education taking it for granted that teachers of English, for instance, would also be handling media studies. The latter was not simply understood as learning how access material and produce material in print or video or radio or how to make your own adverts. More importantly, the intention was to encourage students to develop a critical awareness of the ways the media massage the mind.

    Although one member of his audience (in response to Gavin's first question) suggested that this was an essential part of digital literacy, Gavin nodded, but then gave the idea a wide berth.

    It seems a shame if the leading voices in education end up promoting the new media (with references to their iPhones, for instance) without insisting upon our critical engagement with the new environment.

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