Archive for January, 2010

Daily Media Use

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
Logo with permisson

Kaiser Family Foundation

The Kaiser Family Foundation released a report entitled Daily Media Use Among Children and Teens Up Dramatically from Five Years Ago which suggested that 8 – 18 year olds were spending almost 53 hours a week immersed in media. Overall, they noted more time devoted to social networking and less time devoted to scheduled television viewing. Heavy media users are self-reporting lower grades and an increased divide was noted split among racial/ethnic lines.

I have to agree with Will Richardson that it is not just researchers, policymakers and parents who need to stay on top of the impact but teachers need to pay much closer attention. We cannot become complacent about such rapid changes since they will impact classrooms and are doing so already.

Action Research Award from MACUL

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
Courtesy of http://celt.ust.hk/ideas/ar/intro.htm

Courtesy of http://celt.ust.hk/ideas/ar/intro.htm

Scott Schopieray of the MACUL Professional Learning SIG wishes to remind us all of an Action Research Award being offered this year.  The award info is now available.  There is a link to submit on that page.

Please let your students and colleagues know about it. The deadline is January 30, 2010.

Presentation Expertise

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
From CreativeCommons Wikimedia

From CreativeCommons Wikimedia

Undergraduate student, Eric Bottorff, wrote:

I found this presentation [from Lifehacker.com] and thought your readers might be interested in it as it parallels a section of EDMT330.

I agree that this seven minute clip, although highly polished, is quite helpful as we seek to improve our presentation skills with or without PowerPoint. Thanks, Eric.

Digital Texts Soon

Thursday, January 14th, 2010
Early sketch of a space-based telescope

Early sketch of a space-based telescope

In 1998, I ordered an astronomy reference book for my small class of high school students. Toward the end there was an artist’s rendering of what a space-based telescope would look like. The Hubble had been in space for almost a decade already.

That telling incident made me a real advocate for digital textbooks that could be updated quickly.

So I am delighted to read that California will require Digital Textbooks by 2020. As California and Texas go, in the adoption of textbooks, so goes the rest of the country. It’s all about market share.

With six major textbook companies with a little over 13,000 titles, half of which are already digital, I’m wondering why we couldn’t get it done sooner than 2020.

New Literacies Challenge the Old

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

My colleague, Zsuzsanna Szabo at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, sent in a link to Scooped! Student News Blogs Challenge College Papers for Big Publication on Campuses from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

With the ability of students to set up a web page, blog events live, and organize through Twitter, some students are challenging the viability of print newspapers on campus.

Aged News by Daniel R. Blume used with permission

Aged News by Daniel R. Blume used with permission

This dynamic is being played out across the world as big city daily newspapers are being challenged by news (and opinions) disseminated in near real time in a variety of digital formats.

When Jason Jones on The Daily Show referred to print news as “aged news” he was remarkably prescient.

I am now waiting for students in other colleges and even high schools to create their own instant news networks to scoop print journalists. This opens new questions about literacy and the nature of news that I hope are being address in schools today.