We explore the dialectic between critical and creative thinking using both words and images in our class on Feb 6, 2017. If you did not participate in the “live” synchronous class, you can watch it here:


  1. Reflect on your experience in composing  LEAP 1
  2. Review the Twitter summary of David Buckingham on Storify and key ideas from McCloud from the Padlet Wall
  3. Discuss key ideas from the readings
    • What is media, media literacy and media education?
    • How is authorship changing as a result of new forms of communication and expression?
    • What are the positive and negative features that characterize the relationship between readers and writers in a digital age?
    • What is “representation” and why is this concept so important?
    • What is the nature of the relationship between the critical and creative?
    • What motivates people to engage in the creative process?
    • Some people say schools cannot truly teach critical thinking about media or value student creative expression. True or false?
  4. Three ML videos to view and discuss
    1. Say Cheese: How Ads Work
    2. Media Literacy 
    3. Chicago Adobe Youth Voices
  5. Review LEAP 2, readings and class participation activities for Feb 13


Creative Production In and Out of School. What does digital authorship look like in different contexts? What key elements are present across contexts? What are important distinctions?

  1. READ and COMMENT. Read at least one of the LEAP 1 assignments written by a peer and offer feedback.
  2. COMPARE AND CONTRAST. These authors offer three distinct but overlapping perspectives on digital and media literacy:
    1. Buckingham, D. (2003). Classroom strategies. Locating media education. Becoming critical. Getting creative. Media education: Literacy, learning and contemporary culture (pp. 70 – 138). London: Polity.
    2. Jenkins, Henry, Puroshotma, Ravi, Clinton, Katherine, Weigel, Margaret, & Robison, Alice J. (2005). Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
    3. Adobe Youth Voices (2012). Adobe Youth Voices Program Guide. Chicago: Education Development Center.
  3. SYNTHESIZE AND CREATE. Create a diagram of key ideas by looking closely at the work of these three authors. Although they have different audiences, ideas and approaches, they are “in conversation” with each other. As you read, focus on finding 3 -5 useful, important, troublesome or intriguing ideas where there’s a meaningful overlap, connection or divergence. Then create a diagram or chart to capture your discoveries. Use a combination of precise summary and direct quotation in creating your diagram and include at least one image. You are free to use any digital tool (including Google Drawings, Padlet, Popplet, Piktochart, Easel.ly or others) to create your work. Tweet a link to your synthesis using the #EDC534 hashtag and put the URL link to your completed work here.

COMING UP! LEAP 2 – Explain a Key Idea Due FEB 24

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