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Skills for a Participatory Culture:

Check out this blog posting titled “What skills are needed to engage in a “participatory culture” ? over at the Blue Skunk blog.
It is a comment on Oct. 2006 MacArthur Foundation report: Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. it’s popular in the edublog world and some library commentators. It’s worth a read. I’ve just scanned it (only 72 pages). Note to self: Read deeper later.
Here’s a teaser from Blue Skunk:
“The majority of the report addressess 11 “new skills” students need to be fully successful in the social networking environment:
Play — the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving
Performance — the ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery
Simulation — the ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world processes
Appropriation — the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content
Multitasking — the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details.
Distributed Cognition — the ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities
Collective Intelligence — the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal
Judgment — the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources
Transmedia Navigation — the ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities
Networking — the ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information
Negotiation — the ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms.”
Sounds like a modern librarian to me!

Posted on: February 9, 2007, 9:24 pm Category: Uncategorized

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