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What is Digital Media Literacy

Handbook of Research on Cross-Cultural Approaches to Language and Literacy Development
Digital media literacy combines the multimodal properties of media literacy with the technological capabilities of digital literacy. In order to be digital media literate, one must be able to critically consume and creatively produce multimedia “texts” using digital technologies.
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Cross-Cultural Affordances of Digital Storytelling: Results from Cases in the U.S.A. and Canada
Deborah Kozdras (University of South Florida, USA), Christine Joseph (Pinellas County School District, USA), and Karen Kozdras (Halton District School Board, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8668-7.ch008
In this chapter, the authors consider the use of digital storytelling as a tool for boundary crossing. Media, as an extension of self, has potential to help cross-cultural learning that benefits all stakeholders, but specifically, immigrants and English Language Learners, who often experience school literacy challenges. The authors used Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) as a lens to view two teacher case self-studies, one in Canada and one in the U.S.A., and to examine how their use of digital storytelling helped elementary ELL students to learn the language of school as well as transfer their knowledge to other students and educators. The findings indicated the importance of creating avenues through which immigrant English learners can develop interpersonal communication skills critical to being successful across cultures. Through an analysis of the cases, the authors present language learning implications for educators.
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Making It for the Screen: Creating Digital Media Literacy
The acquired ability to understand, access, evaluate, and analyze types and avenues of information created online or with available software and hardware to communicate and participate in civic life as competent media consumer, contributor, and creator of media in the online community.
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Digital Media Literacy: In-Depth Interview With the Parents of the Students Who Use Digital Media
It is possible to define digital media literacy as the changing of the new communication technology experiences and adapting media literacy to digital media literacy education that functions for youngsters to accommodate themselves to the digital media usage process.
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Disrupting the Media Literacy Learning Process: Building a Community Media Lab to Transform Digital Journalism Education at HBCUs
The ability to navigate, listen, assess and ask pertinent and focused questions to understand and make meaning of content leveraged in the digital world.
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