New Course Available! Authentic Analysis of Media in Any Form
Nowadays, text is no longer the main medium for communication, specially for the younger generation represented by our students. Images and video are the language of communication in social media and on the web in general. The article How Millennials Get News: Inside the habits of America’s first digital generation describes research into how Millennials (born 1980 – 1995) consume news. The findings show the crucial role of social media use for news, including not only Facebook, but also Youtube (83%) and Instagram (50%). The younger generation called Gen Z (born 1996 – 2010) is likely to follow a similar path, as for them, Youtube is a vital source, according to the article Social Video Way More Important Than TV for Generation Z .
Michael Fisher , guest author for our newest online course Close Reading and Beyond: Authentic Analysis of Media in Any Form, provides a deep look into how a teacher can capitalize on different types of media that represent students’ natural sources of information. He explores the idea of “close reading” as a starting point to go beyond text and focus on thoughtful analysis of media in any form, including, text, images and video. Michael is a former teacher who is now a full-time author, consultant, and instructional coach. He works with schools around the US, helping to sustain curriculum upgrades, design curriculum, and modernize instruction in immersive technology.
As always, our new course connects with other courses and resources, so you can keep adding meaningful steps to your learning. The image below shows how our courses connect, developing the vision of an amplified education. Amplified teaching and learning involves documentation that makes one’s thinking visible, and sharing on learning communities. Documenting and sharing analysis of media in all forms can be a powerful way of seeing different perspectives through media that is authentic to students and convey important ideas. Media analysis is an important form of reflection and it can inspire authentic writing. By focusing on analysis, we focus on learning instead of technology, and also go a long way in developing students’ media literacy.
The items indicated as “blog post” on the image below are from our ampliEDUcation blog, but you can find some of the related posts in the list below:
- Amplify Reflection
- 5 Opportunities to Amplify Your Writing
- How to Focus on Learning Instead of Technology