Transmedia in 21st Century

The Community of Education Leaders recently discussed “Transmedia in Education” on GETideas.org. The major thread of the conversation was that today’s students are vastly different from their predecessors and that education must change to meet their needs. Simon Pulman expressed, “Educators and administrators who do not move quickly to incorporate digital learning and cross-platform thinking into the curriculum will do a disservice to students.” Lucas Johnson affirmed that people do not live within a single medium at a time. Instead, they continually “immerse themselves across multiple medias — reading, watching, listening, touching.”

A high quality 21st Century education must challenge students to “evaluate biases, see problems from different perspectives, and examine the credibility of each information source” (Pulman). Most topics can be explored in greater depth through sources outside the classroom. Students can build a personal voice through creative use of multiple platforms. Educators must understand how information flows from one media platform to the next. Only then will they be able to design interactive experiences that produce meaningful learning for students.

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12 responses to “Transmedia in 21st Century

  1. An interesting extension of learning style awareness from proximity into cyberspace, with a touch of multitasking thrown in.

  2. Bob Bruesch

    Shouldn’t an educator’s first task be helping students gain sophistication in evaluating and differentiating between media sources?

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  4. Bob Bruesch

    Our district is moving toward INTEGRATING technology into every aspect of a child’s education, making it an educational tool as commonplace as a pencil. While we are doing this, I’ve asked for us to study the infusion of “the ethics of technology” – the rights and wrongs of how to use the wired world into our program. I’d like to see some commentary on technology
    ethics – is it possible or teachable???

    • I, too, would like to see comments on technology ethics. This topic extends beyond sexting and cyber-bullying. “Blogging for Dummies” refers to etiquette. Then there is the age-old issue of crediting sources.

  5. Joe Summy, Ed.D.

    Interesting topic…our students need to learn the differences in media, plus strengths and weaknesses. These are work related skills students will need.

    However, are there any meta-analyze (multiple peer review) studies that demonstrate that any of the media methods make a difference (positive) in student learning of core/mainline courses (math, science, social studies, language arts, etc) students have to take?

    I would like to receive info with specific info because I have not found any meta-analyze studies at all

    • Dr. Joe,
      Not having seen such studies, I am just beginning to research the possibilities of transmedia. I just read “Transmedia’s Nonlinear Challenge to Learning, and the Grammar of Gaming” by Ewan. The writer discusses transmedia story-reading, stating that learners have a choice: “whether they want to read small chunks of text-message-size novella, watch video sequences, follow a Twitterfeed, or read blogged updates in sequence (out of sequence).” In this case, the teacher is not dictating pace, content, or sequence. There is the possibility that transmedia may assist teachers in individualizing for all learners.

  6. Great to see more focus in Transmedia Education or Transmedia Storytelling Education (TmSE).TmSE is about stories and story worlds, and narratives provide an emotional explanation of the world which engages learners. This is extremely beneficial to e-learning environments which lack engagement due to their asynchronous nature.

    • I firmly believe that student engagement is a major key to education. There are multiple ways in which teachers can create active and interactive classrooms. The use of technological advances simply multiplies those options.

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