DIY Citizenship- Cultivating an Online Community
The focus is for a grade 8 Media Literacy unit on Digital (Do-It-Yourself) Citizenship. One issue of cultivating an online presence and community, although it is extremely relevant and applicable, it is difficult to find specific expectations in the Ontario curriculum documents to directly support online and social media usage. The intent of this unit is to investigate and research the following, using social media platforms, to:
-create a variety of media texts for different purposes and audiences, using appropriate forms, conventions, and techniques;
-reflect on and identify their strengths as media interpreters and creators, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in understanding and creating media texts.
Below you will some different platforms for teaching and learning about digital citizenship as a way to encourage collaboration outside of the classroom.
Downes, S. (2012) Connectivism and Connected Knowledge. National Research Council of Canada.
Fields, D.A. “DIY Media Creation.” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 58(1), (Sept 2014) Pp. 19-24.
Henry Jenkins: The influence of participatory culture on education. (2014, January 20). Retrieved July 27, 2015.
Jenkins, H. (2009). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Kim, B. (2001). Social Constructivism. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
Rheingold, H. (2012). Net smart: How to thrive on line. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.