Investing our time into learning about the emerging media environment can help us help our next generation of students

After I completed the viewing of Dr. Michael Wesch’s “A Portal to Media Literacy” youtube video, I realized even more how important it is to keep up with the emerging media environment and how we must consider using these tools in education.  I was so impressed with how Dr. Wesch uses the technologies and is so comfortable with experimentation.  I also watched his video, “Web 2.0… The Machine is Us/ing Us”, that he mentioned.  If you haven’t seen that one, go back to youtube and look it up. 

How familiar are you with all of these new tools?  Before taking ETAP687, did you ever use diigo or twitter, or moodle?  I would love to see a bibliography of all the instructional tools that we talked about and used in this course.  Where could we post this bibliography? 

Dr. Wesch mentions Jott (which transcribes your voice to text), Flicker,, and if you haven’t visited his website, , it’s worth taking a peek.  He also mentioned the classic, “Metaphors we live by”, by Lakoff and Johnson.  I thought about the RRS feed and have the ability for information to find us.  Does anyone have this in place now?  How so? 

One of Dr. Wesch’s slides was about “Creating Significance” and so I wanted to keep this in mind while I create my online course.  I want to do my best at making a good learning environment for my students that gives them the chance to make their learning meaningful and significant. 

In his thoughts, we must:

  •  “address semantic meaning,
  • personal meaning
  • and therefore allow students to realize and leverage the existing media environment”. 

 I also loved how he said we are “constantly defining ourselves” and he mentions the idea created by Cooley, “The Looking Glass Self”.  I never realized how important it is to keep up with the media literacy and after this course is over, I want to continue with keeping up and using the tools.  What will you do to keep up after this course is done?  Do you have a support system where you work or colleagues you can go to so you can continue learning about media literacy?  It’s important that we keep this going.  I haven’t even heard a whisper about these tools at my place of work.  It may be happening, but we work in the “lone ranger environment” and so I guess I wouldn’t know.  Hopefully, I’ll learn more about what’s being used at my work since I will be joining the distance learning committee in September.  I’d love to hear back from others how you will continue to keep up and what you do now to keep up with the latest technologies in the classroom.  I am continuing my studies at UAlbany so that is another way I will continue to learn.



A Portal to Media Literacy, Dr. Michael Wesch,

Web 2.0… The Machine is Us/ing Us, Dr. Michael Wesch,

Wesch website:

Lakoff, G. and Johnson, M. “Metaphors we live by”.

 –Geralynn (4)

3 thoughts on “Investing our time into learning about the emerging media environment can help us help our next generation of students”

  1. Hi Geralynn: thanks so much for sharing your reflections in this post and your blog.

    Here is a link to the cooltools – my top 10 cool tools for 2008

    Here are some links to some of the ways i keep “connected.” Join my networks!
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  2. Alex,
    Thank you for all of the links to resources. Will I still have access to my blog after the course is over? (Not sure if it’s tied to the UAlbany course and may shut down access after Aug. 19) What about diigo?
    I’m trying to think of how to keep track of ALL of our resources learned from this course.

  3. Geralynn!

    This is absolutely your blog for you to keep beyond the end of the term as is diigo. That is precisely why i chose to use tools external to moodle. We could have done both of these activities inside of moodle, but then at the end of the term you would no longer be able to access them. A blog is by definition, yours, personalized to you, public, and persists… so my sincere hope is that you will keep up your blog beyond the end of the term. Same for diigo.

    : ) me

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