Digital Media in Education

Florida's digital media industry association, Digital Media Alliance Florida, defines digital media as "the creative convergence of digital arts, science, technology and business for human expression, communication, social interaction and education". [1]

How do I become a Digital teacher?
The best advice is to think broadly about your goals for using digital technology for teaching and learning. I believe that there are three major categories that you need to address; communication, applications, and learning. The concept map below lays out the areas that I'm constantly learning and using as a digital educator. For instance, communication has moved beyond email to include blogs, wikis, and Twitter. The heavier connecting lines indicate tools, applications, and training that require more commitment to learn and use successfully. As you can gather, I believe digital teachers must be able to blog and manage a classroom wiki. Since you are looking at this wiki page, you are already an aspiring digital teacher.

What applications should you commit to using on a regular basis? A digital teacher should master Word and PowerPoint, but also add Inspiration and Audacity to your repertoire. Inspiration is a rock solid software program used to create concept maps[2] . Inspiration will put you on the road to thinking visually about your content. Podcasting[3] is extremely popular, just ask your students if they own an iPod or MP3 player. You can use Audacity, an open-source (free) software application to record and edit your voice digitally using a computer and microphone.

How do you know you are becoming a better digital teacher? It's all about mixing skills, record a narration using Audacity, export an MP3 file, upload to a wikispace page, and then blog about it to let other teachers or students know.[4] As you gain digital teaching confidence you'll notice that you start thinking about integration rather than being content to learn one tool or communication method by itself.

Finally, Digital teachers use the medium of the Web for learning. As Ferryway digital media teachers, you are using this wiki to learn, but it's really a gateway to a vast number of resources. The key is not to feel overwhelmed. We've learned that the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is responsible for promoting national educational technology standards for students and teachers.[5] The ultimate goal is to empower our students to create and innovate using digital tools. In the 21st century, writers blog, engineers create 3-D web movies, photographers digitally edit with Photoshop, and learners create networks of colleagues to share good resources.

What does your digital media map look like?
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  1. ^ Definition posted on wikipedia
  2. ^ Grayson H. Walker Teaching Resource Center, What is a concept map?
  3. ^ Extensive Podcasting resource by Wes Fryer
  4. ^ Blog post, Changing Instruction the MIT Ferryway Connection
  5. ^ National Educational Technlogy Standards (NETS)