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Doesn’t digital also change the basics of j-teaching?

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Some folk at WJEC-AMIC are focussing on how to prep students for a world of Web 2.0 and Journ 2.0 – but what about Journ-Ed 2.0?

Rosental Alves says students’ cognitive processes are changing, and so should journ-ed. “We should and must change the ways we teach and absorb in classroom, and pay attention to the new languages.” In addition, “E-learning will become a very important component, regardless of distance.” What he could have added is using ICT to harness global potential in learning.

Pascal Guenee says there needs to be a shift towards “participatory teaching”. And that the revolution is also affecting the organisation of the school, the role of the head, and the way information flows in his school.

They’re right, of course.

To the extent that teaching means knowledge transfer, that model ain’t relevant in regard to digital. How can anyone “teach” in the transfer sense when no one quite knows where things are going? Instead, it’s gotta be a case of facilitation and mutual exploring – with everyone a teacher and a learner.

What many j-teachers don’t realise is that their current work amounts in effect to imparting media history.

That’s not without value, of course. But it’s shortchanging everyone if it stays with status quo media forms and associated skills.