Film/Media Skills



As a department, we feel it is crucial that you are armed with what educationalists are calling 21st Century Learning skills. A crucial paper addressing new media literacy skills was published in 2006 by our old friend and guru, Henry Jenkins entitled Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. The following skills and definitions are identified by Jenkins as crucial media literacies to be developed and have been embraced by the department:

PLAY- The capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving

PERFORMANCE- The ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery

SIMULATION- The ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world processes

APPROPRIATION- The ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content

MULTITASKING- The ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details.

DISTRIBUTED COGNITION- The ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities

COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE- The ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal

JUDGEMENT- The ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources (aka Information Literacy)

TRANSMEDIA NAVIGATION- The ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities

NETWORKING- The ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information

NEGOTIATION- The ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms.


Participatory Cultures:

EXPRESSIONS: Skinning & Modding
AFFILIATIONS- Social Networking Sites
COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
CIRCULATING- Podcasting, Blogging...shaping the flow of the Media


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