For quite some time now, I’ve been holding up the NCTE definition of reading and writing literacy in the 21st Century and asking educators to measure themselves against it, and every time I read the “Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts” I felt a pang of hypocrisy…I just haven’t gone there much, especially in terms of creation. So, one of my goals for this year is to play more with multimedia, and yesterday, I finally dove into iMovie to make my first real “movie” project. It’s amazing software, and while I know this doesn’t count as a “digital story” or anything especially creative, it’s a start.
The subject is the use of the iPad with young kids, and my friend Warren Buckleitner (whos latest piece on the New York Times Gadgetwise blog is worth the read) is as much of an expert as you’re going to find on the subject. He’s an educator, he’s been immersed in children’s software for overÂ a decade, and his Children’s Software Review is the industry standard. So here’s an 8-minute or so conversation about what the iPad means for our youngest learners. Enjoy.