It is up to us to help digital kids “write the media they read” so they can be active media creators rather than just passive media consumers. We need to help them migrate from text-centric to media collage literacy in creative, thoughtful, ways. We need to help them cultivate their new media talents, adopt art as the 4th R and use research and narrative to convey their ideas in rich, compelling ways. We need to help them create media stories and projects that are articulate, transformative and help them imagine the world they want to create. And we need to help them collaborate and share their work and talents within the collaborative community of the social web.
Bio: Jason Ohler has been pioneering the future of technology and learning for more than three decades. After he helped develop one of the earliest master’s degrees in educational technology for classroom teachers during the early 1980s, he went on to direct the program for 17 years. Since that time, he has keynoted and worked both online and in schools, at home and internationally, helping students and policy makers develop the new media literacies and perspectives they need to create the futures they want. He is a passionate promoter of the “art is the next R” movement as well as of the need for students to learn how to use technology wisely and safely, as digital citizens with awareness and compassion. He has won numerous awards for his work and is the author of many books, articles and online resources, including Digital Community, Digital Citizen and Digital Storytelling in the Classroom. Many call him a futurist, but he prefers to be called a nowist, as he believes we have the vision, technology and mandate to create the communities of learning we need today.
“The goal is the effective, creative and wise use of technology . . . to bring together technology, community and learning in ways that work. And while we are at it, to have fun.”