Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Art is the 4th R...

Excerpted from Jason's new book, Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning and Creativity...

Revelation #5: Thanks to our struggle to use multimedia effectively, Art is becoming the next literacy, or the 4th R.

In fact, it is largely because of the Internet and the need for an international Esperanto for our global village that art is becoming the “4th R” and “story” is becoming a key format for global communication. Because we now expect students to produce multimedia homework assignments, including web pages, PowerPoint presentations, and digital stories, the language of art and design is taking center stage. Once a hard sell for a practical public, art is becoming as important for workplace success and personal fulfillment as the other 3 Rs.

For more about this, I invite you to go to the Art the 4th R web site (jasonohler.com/fourthr).

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