Monday, May 02, 2011

Digital Literacy Objectives: A Starting Point

by Shelly Blake-Plock

Nothing provides a better forum for learning to understand what the new media is all about than the discussion tabs on Wikipedia articles related to current events. Here's a starting point, for example:
Hello students, today's topic is
Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate digital media literacy by analyzing and explaining the discussion that has surrounded the decision-making process in the editing of the Wikipedia article on Osama Bin Laden in the wake of his death.

I'd like to know what you all could/would do with this sort of thing. I'd love to see a wiki resource developed to help teachers use the Wikipedia discussion tabs in planning and facilitating lessons designed to help students learn new media and develop their digital literacy.

Anyone interested in a project?


  1. The nexus of responsible journalism and technological speed would make an interesting lesson. I was intrigued by a response to a call for edit;
    "Also, the official news of this event is just over 12 hours old, and new news/data is continuing to come in.... One must allow the collaborative effort to come through with a bit of patience as reliable sources come available"
    Interesting material for a lesson.

  2. great idea.

    i've been thinking wikipedia edits/additions would be a great model/means of sharing/evidence for those doing more independent projects per passion.

    currently struggling through that process myself.


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