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DIY Media

Creating, Sharing and Learning with New Technologies


Michele Knobel and Colin Lankshear

Schools remain notorious for co-opting digital technologies to «business as usual» approaches to teaching new literacies. DIY Media addresses this issue head-on, and describes expansive and creative practices of digital literacy that are increasingly influential and popular in contexts beyond the school, and whose educational potential is not yet being tapped to any significant degree in classrooms. This book is very much concerned with engaging students in do-it-yourself digitally mediated meaning-making practices. As such, it is organized around three broad areas of digital media: moving media, still media, and audio media. Specific DIY media practices addressed in the chapters include machinima, anime music videos, digital photography, podcasting, and music remixing. Each chapter opens with an overview of a specific DIY media practice, includes a practical how-to tutorial section, and closes with suggested applications for classroom settings. This collection will appeal not only to educators, but to anyone invested in better understanding – and perhaps participating in – the significant shift towards everyday people producing their own digital media.
Contents: Colin Lankshear/Michele Knobel: DIY media: A contextual background and some contemporary themes – Erik Jacobson: Music remix in the classroom – Christopher Shamburg: DIY podcasting in education – Guy Merchant: Visual networks: Learning and photosharing – John Potter: Photoshopping/photosharing: New media, digital literacies and curatorship – Susan Luckman/Robin Potanin: Machinima: Why think «games» when thinking «film»? – Angela Thomas/Nicole Tufano: Stop motion animation – Rebecca Orlowicz: Flash fundamentals: DIY animation and interactive design – Michele Knobel/Colin Lankshear/Matthew Lewis: AMV remix: Do-it-yourself anime music videos – Henry Jenkins: Afterword.