Thursday, June 24, 2010

1984: Big brother may be just around the corner

Its amazing how fast technology advances. A decade ago the World Wide Web was in its infancy. Granted the Internet has been in one form or another since 1969 when 

Jason Manning, Director of Student Media and managing editor for Arizona State University's News21 project spoke about where technology is perceived to be headed with web 3.0.  

The design of the web has evolved from being a one-way conversation of looking up information to a two way information of Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites.  The need for an understanding or media literacy is crucial on multiple levels. As advisers we need to be certain that our students are literate in knowing that a post is truly forever.  Additionally, as seen by the News21 project forever can be innovative, thought provoking and trend-setting. 

Manning emphasized the need for parents to be informed of what changes in technology are out there. Advocating for students and parents is a great thing because then everyone is on the same page. 

The Center for Media Literacy has a nice booklet that helps teachers introduce media literacy to their classes. It is available in English, Spanish, and Turkish (for those will large Turkish populations).

Brent Manuel
Pleasant Valley High 
Chico, Calif.

1 comment:

  1. Maybe it's just me Brent, but it seems that you are blogging under the influence - of sleep deprivation or something :) need a copy edit on this post...

    Turkish populations! Ha! But I appreciate the link.

    Zach Anderson
    Indian River HS - Philadelphia, NY