MIL Activity 6.3

> In your Learning Journal, list 3-5 interactive multimedia tools, and briefly explain how each of them could enhance learning in the area that you teach.

Popcorn is a video annotation tool that allows users to add notes and links to existing online videos. Demos of the tool can be found at https://popcorn.webmaker.org/

An exciting application for Popcorn to media literacy learning could involve students annotating videos to demonstrate their knowledge of their codes and conventions, values and audience uses. Specifically, students could download procedural videos and add annotations to extend viewers’ understanding of the processes. They could annotate promotional videos/commercials to extend viewers’ understanding of selling strategies and target audiences. They could annotate scenes from narrative video to extend viewers’ understanding of their codes and conventions as well as aesthetic qualities.

Storify is a curation tool that allows users to select a variety of WWW items, including videos, Tweets, images, then sequence and annotate them with their own textual commentaries. Storify encourages research, selection, sequencing, reflection, writing and sharing.

Google Earth allows students to virtually visit any earthly location. It provides a satellite’s eye view of any place on earth, although higher quality images occur in more urban areas. It DOES allow students to gain an appreciation of distances, locations, and the characteristics of differing locales. Google Earth images can also be integrated into Storify presentations.

> Also in your Learning Journal, provide an overview of about 200 words, explaining the criteria that seem to be used experts in this field (based on your research), comparing this to your personal view about what is needed for an interactive learning tool to be most useful in teaching and learning environments.
 
My criteria for interactive learning tools:
 
flexible to accommodate a variety of learning styles and stages of intellectual development
forgiving so that students do not have to be too specific in their uses and responses
must work as promised first time tried or students will abandon them
interactivity must be compelling rather than silly or condescending
scalable to accommodate both simple and complex uses
encourage or facilitate student reflection on learning
 
 
In my research for online criteria, there were few, if any, listings of criteria so much as lists and examples of interactive learning tools. One listing did mention ‘authenticity,’ something that I only made tangential reference to in my fourth criterion: “interactivity must be compelling rather than silly or condescending.” There are way too many inauthentic student activities, and one strength of new media is the potential to offer authenticity.
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Posted on April 16, 2013, in UNESCO Media & Information Literacy Course. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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