Sunday, January 04, 2009

The P word

Power Law of Participation In Participatory Media Literacy: Why it matters, Michael Wesch writes:
The surprising-to-most-people-fact is that students would prefer less technology in the classroom (especially *participatory* technologies that force them to do something other than sit back and memorize material for a regurgitation exercise). We use social media in the classroom not because our students use it, but because we are afraid that social media might be using them - that they are using social media blindly, without recognition of the new challenges and opportunities they might create...
Ultimately, participatory media literacy is as much about a literacy of *participation* as it is a literacy of media.
Right on Michael.