Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Howard Rheingold on Essential Media Literacies"

This is a six minute plus interview with elearning expert Howard Rheingold naming and defining social media categories he considers significant:
  • Attention
  • Participation
  • Collaboration
  • Network Saavy
  • Critical Consumption
While participation, collaboration and network saaviness are widely remarked upon, his contributions are about "attention skills" and "critical consumption". He notes that there are some tasks that call for very focused attention, but effective multi-tasking skills for the "always on" world, are not widely taught. As for critical consumption, it involves evaluation of sources, but also the use of time and strategies for grabbing what is of value. 

He defines Digital Divide in this way: "Those who know how to use the mind and technology and those who do not."

If you have not been following him, this is just a sample of what he's sharing out!

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