New Media Literacies.
As noted by the New London Group, the basic mission of education is to “ensure that all students benefit from learning in ways that allow them to participate fully in public, community, creative and economic life”– As we head into the twenty-first century, the ever-shifting landscapes of technology seem rather inevitable and it is because of this progression that Henry Jenkins emphasizes the utter importance of new media literacies among today’s youth. In the reading, Jenkins defines these new frameworks for literacy as “a set of cultural competencies and social skills that young people need in the new media landscape” and propels his advocacy by presenting certain “skills” he feels are critical for present-day culture– Play, Performance, Simulation, Appropriation, Multitasking, Distributed Cognition, Collective Intelligence, Judgement, Transmedia Navigation, Networking, & Negotiation.
Having grown up within the era that brought the digital world to its current shiny throne, the readings provided a nostalgic reminder of the skills I was initially taught– Of course, traditional literacies, critical analysis & research skills were learned in the classroom, but it really wasn’t until the fourth or fifth grade that we even started experimenting with desktop computers. It’s interesting to see the progress that our educational system has slowly began to make and all the changes that seem to already be occurring within schools– I hear about the multiple iPads & laptops in mere second-grade classrooms or how a friend’s 3 year-old niece is much more proficient with an iPhone than she even is. And although it is a bit shameful to be ironically less tech savvy than a toddler, I feel that the educational system has succeeded in taking on the challenges that this new world has provided, and when paired with Jenkins’ lens of “participatory culture,” an exploration of entirely new media literacies seem all the more possible.