Using Dynamic Media in the classroom

Citation: Bull, Glen & Garofalo, Joe. (2009). Dynamic Media. Learning & Leading with Technology, (36, 5), 40-41.

Summary: Dynamic Media consists of six characteristics, Cultural: media that can be remixed, shared, and is social. The authors use YouTube as an example of Cultural Dynamic Media. You can post video, share it with others, and rate the videos themselves. Google Earth is an example of technical Dynamic Media: Interactive, Multilayered, and Mobile. This new media needs to be used in the classroom to engage students and encourage them to gain a deeper understanding of the content.

Response: Before reading this article I did not really consider interactive applications such as Google Earth as dynamic media. The piece mentions mashups, that was my initial thought of dynamic media when scanning the article. After a thorough read the shift towards Dynamic Media is great. As more and more portable devices that can connect to the internet become available, this type of media will be more useful. Imagine a lesson where you as a teacher post a google earth route that students need to follow. Along the way they need to collect evidence of where they have been. Aggregating data from several sources the students can add to the path you created. At the end of the lesson you can fly through the route and record it as a movie and have each student explain what they found and why they chose to include it on the trip. That is interactive and engaging. The author’s mention a book titled Remix by Lawrence Lessig. Lessig discusses, ” ‘interest-based’ learning.” This type of learning is possible with dynamic media. I encourage all future educators to read this article and let your imagination go wild.

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