Research on Media Arts
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CREATING A PARTICIPATORY CULTURE
A participatory culture is a culture with relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing one's creations, and some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices. . . . A participatory culture is also one in which members believe their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social connection.
A growing body of scholarship suggests potential benefits of these forms of participatory culture, including opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, a changed attitude toward intellectual property, the diversification of cultural expression, the development of skills valued in the modern workplace, and a more empowered conception of citizenship.
Access to this participatory culture functions as a new form of the hidden curriculum, shaping which youth will succeed and which will be left behind as they enter school and the workplace. To read more click here.
Excerpted from Henry Jenkins paper "Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century, 2007".
NEXT GENERATION LEARNING
- Engaging digital content and technology-enabled professional development are critical building blocks to create learning models that support personalized learning pathways.
- There is growing evidence that dynamic technology-based solutions can lead to more effective teaching and learning.
- Intelligent use of technology, in combination with new and emerging evidence-based models of innovative teaching and learning, can dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the U.S - and meet the standards that our students deserve and our economy demands.
Excerpted from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation white paper "Next Generation Learning: The intelligent use of technology to develop innovative learning models and personalized educational pathways", 2010.
MORE RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE DONE
While new technologies have been largely absent in arts education curriculum, they offer opportunities to address arts integration, equity, and the technological prerequisites of an increasingly digital age. In the past decade, there has been a growing commitment to educating learners with diverse needs and especially in underprivileged communities. Though some research has been gathered and established regarding the effectiveness of media arts integration into these classrooms, it is still an emerging field and a lot remains to be seen as a way to design a 21st century K-12 arts education curriculum.
CommonSense Media: inside the 21st Century classroom. This group examines building digital equity in schools as well as breaking down digital citizenship.