New Media and New Media Literacy

Issued by Cable in the Classroom, November 2002. Posted with permission.

Because many 21stcentury homes are equipped with more robust technology than most schools, there is often a significant disconnect between students' thinking and classroom demands. Students emerging from home electronic environments have experienced multimedia immersion, participating on many cognitive levels and in many media languages simultaneously. The dominant design of many classroom curricula, however, is to isolate a few senses and concentrate on them in depth, while ignoring others.

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Author Bio: 

Neil Andersen is a resource teacher in Scarborough, Ontario, the author of Media Works and StreetNOISE in Class, and the editor of Mediacy, the Association for Media Literacy newsletter.