Hands-On, Minds On!

Students in my New Media Literacies class exceeded my expectations! They created 10 web pages in under 30 minutes. You can see my summary of the student projects here in the first in-class assignment. Here’s what they had to do: Working under deadline pressure, work with a partner to create an attractive and credible web page that offers key ideas about the intellectual heritage of new media literacies.

JOHN DEWEY

  1. Review the video by Sir Ken Robinson to identify his ideas about the arts in education. Explain how the Robinson’s ideas reflect the values of John Dewey’s philosophy of education. Write a short summary of the video that uses paraphrasing and direct quotation. Embed the video on the page.
  2. Use the Internet to learn more John Dewey’s ideas about art and education and select three direct quotes from a credible source to illustrate Dewey’s thinking. Compose a meaningful headline and include an appropriate visual image to accompany your writing.

MARSHALL MCLUHAN

  1. Watch the CBC video about McLuhan and write a summary of the video that includes paraphrasing and direct quotation. Embed the video on the page.
  2. Write a summary of the Urban article, compose a headline and select a photo to accompany it.
  3. Select five quotes from the Urban article that capture key ideas, offering a short description of each idea to make a connection between these ideas and the new media environment of today. Embed 1 photo on your page.

JEROME BRUNER

  1. Write a summary of the Bruner article, compose a headline and select a photo to accompany it.
  2. Develop a list of at least 5 powerful quotes from the Bruner article, offering a short description of each idea to make a connection between these ideas and the new media environment of today. Embed 1 photo on your page.

HOWARD GARDNER AND HENRY JENKINS

  1. Write a summary of the “How We Got Here” article, compose a headline and select 2 photos to accompany it.
  2. Develop a list of at least 5 powerful quotes from the article, offering a short description of the ideas embedded in the quote to make a connection between these ideas and the your own experience of the new media environment today. Embed 1 photo or video and a link to the Our Space curriculum on your page.

Students were asked to create this webpage as a “page” not a blog entry and include an About the Author sentence at the bottom of the page to identify the partners by name.

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About Renee Hobbs

Renee Hobbs is a Professor at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island, where she directs the Media Education Lab.
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