Friday, March 9, 2007

The attitude is the aptitude...

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

Revelation #9: The attitude is the aptitude.

Because billions of bits of data hit the Net each hour, and because radio, TV, newspaper, magazines and the rest of the media tecosystem contributors continue to crank like there's no tomorrow, life-long learning has become a pervasive, immediate and on-going lifestyle.

The result is that the attitude has become the aptitude.

That is, your attitude toward learning new things – as well as your willingness to let go of obsolete information – plays an important role in determining your aptitude and intelligence. Digital storytelling represents one of those areas that tests educators' attitudes about the evolution of learning, not only in terms of tools, but also in terms of the nature of literacy and the kinds of classroom communities they want to support.

1 comment:

Fred Mindlin said...

The nature of literacy and creating classroom community are key phrases here to me, Jason--it's the authenticity of telling story in one's own voice that makes the literary concept of voice meaningful to learners, and if the community can be created, each supports the other in voicing their truth.