Digital Literacy Awareness Project

Jun 15, 2011 No Comments by

Why Digital Literacy?

My students are always asking for courses in 3D virtual spaces. It’s a language they are already using in gaming. At the moment I believe that the potential of this tool is being under-utilised, and there is a general lack of awareness of its value and importance. The outcome of this will be students who lack the skills they will require in their digital futures. In order to produce students with the capabilities they need, there needs to be an increase in awareness.

The professional world in which today’s children will find themselves, is very different to the workplace of today. Digital media is the new global language – imagination and creativity are essential to the job roles of this innovation driven workplace. This project will will support the development of students moving beyond the three R’s – accelerating a generation literate in the rich language of multimedia – able to communicate complex ideas and information effectively through the scope that digital technology allows. They will be the creators of the virtual spaces of the future where communities, and even society as a whole will increasingly exist. This will ultimately be of benefit to society. And Australia could be at the forefront of digital literacy in education.

About Leah Robinson

Leah is a visual artist of both traditional art and digital media with a background in graphic design, video and photography, through individual projects, as a lecturer and through industry. Leah has taught web design, multimedia, digital photomedia, and new media theory and practice at a number of universities and TAFE colleges. Leah achieved a Master of Visual Arts focusing on interactive media, and is a qualified Workplace Trainer and Assessor. As Mind Creativity, Leah teaches digital media extra-curricular courses, school holiday workshops and provides in-class support and special teaching programs delivered as part of curriculum subjects. For more information visit www.mindcreativity.net

About Liz Aitken

Liz is recognised for training and implementation of Kahootz, curriculum. Liz was invited by Di Hansford from the University of New Engand to co-present a module on “New Literacies” at Wollongong University as part of the Commonwealth Summer School program. It was here she met Len Unsworth and heard a lecture he gave on digital learning. Liz presented some Kahootz work to academics at University of New England and also to teachers at Inverell Primary School.

What’s next?

As the community of schools, parents and children – this project is for your community. Its an important opportunity for you to make a difference in the digital futures of your children, and beyond. I request that you forward this information to you own staff and school community through your distribution list. Those people that are interested please contact me as soon as possible on 0403 335 508 or leah@mindcreativity.net to discuss how you and your children can be involved in various ways.

For updates and more information see our facebook page at http://dlap.fbfollow.me

Or contact me at leah@mindcreativity.net or Liz at elizabeth.j.aitken@gmail.com

Workshops

About the author

Leah is an experienced visual artist of both traditional art and digital media with a background in graphic design, video and photography, through individual projects, as a lecturer and through industry. Leah has taught web design, multimedia, digital photomedia, and new media theory and practice at a number of universities, TAFE colleges and schools. She achieved a Master of Visual Arts in digital media and is a qualified Workplace Trainer and Assessor.
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