Do we need to educate the Homo Interneticus, if yes, to what extent?
With regard to ICT, media and learning, what problems can we observe in our world?
a) We observe an increasing number of online bullying (online mobbing) cases where children and teenagers at schools spread *information* about other kids and those information are emotional colored, telling not the truth, and blaming people.
b) We also observe that people use information, images etc. of other people without knowing how to handle copyright issues.
c) Third, plagiarism is increasing, where people use the information of others without citing them (stealing people's ideas).
d) And a fourth example is about using information and to know about its quality. Same topic, but different information can be uploaded by different competetive firms, or people from different religions, or people with different ages from different generation, and researchers from different disciplines. They all have information but from their point of views.
The media-constructed reality approach focuses on the awareness that people live in a media-constructed world where we have a difference between a social-constructed “reality” and “reality given by different media” (objective facticity). To know this and to handle this in the "classroom" and in different learning spaces is one aspect of media competencies.
(Collins & Halverson, 2009, "Rethinking education in the age of technology")
ContactDr. Isa Jahnke
University of Missouri
School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT, iSchool)
Director of Research for the IELab