Digital Media Literacy

A one-semester class in the use digital media in the society, recognition of various types, how digital media is used to inform, provoke, persuade, market and enrich contemporary society.

1. Students will apply digital media techniques in a variety of formats to educate, debate, inform, or express forms and substance through digital media, from art to marketing. A survey of uses and abuses of digital media and the unique place this communication modality plays in our society as the core “stem cell” communication medium.

2. Students will learn the six forms of digital media in building civic engagement from public policy, documenting community heroes to investigative journalism.

3. Students will gain appreciation and respect for how digital media plays various roles in their lives as well as possible career pathways. This class is a digital specific version of media literacy that will include exploration of the future trends in digital media in social networks, commerce and to breakthrough technology such as holography and 3-D animation.

1. Uses for Digital Media

  • Education
  • Advertising and Commercial
  • Political
  • Descriptive Uses (architecture and forensics)
  • Journalism
  • Documentaries

2. Types of Digital Media

  • Film
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Games
  • Websites
  • Social Networks
  • Personal (from biography to family history)

3. Points of View

  • who is using media
  • privacy issues
  • building communities
  • uses in democracy-empowering people to act
  • personal perspectives –video diaries, histories
  • Commercial
  • Free speech –first amendment issues
  • Legal issues-intellectual property – downloading art and music illegally
  • Internet issues

4. Applying Digital Media to school

  • uses in the classroom
  • careers in digital media
  • preparing for the workforce of the future
  • image engagement-what is it and why is it so important
  • learning core academics through digital media