Publishing: The New Literacy

Publishing: The New Literacy on Sat., Feb 25, from 1-4p
Skip Via, Madara Mason & Heidi Olson


In the emerging new media environment, “publishing” is a fundamental literacy that relies on traditional skills of reading and writing while radically increasing the need for skills related to the publishing platforms themselves, as well as those related to the integration of audio and video into traditional forms of text. New media publishing also raises concerns about privacy and rhetoric. What does it mean when publishing and sharing to a global audience are the rule rather than a rare exception? In this session we’ll examine and try out a variety of publishing and sharing tools and together try to figure out a coherent approach to using them with our students.
Gutenberg portrait
"To make a historical analogy with the last major increase in the written word, you could earn a living in 1500 simply by knowing how to read and write. The spread of those abilities in the subsequent century had the curious property of making literacy both more essential and less professional; literacy became critical at the same time as the scribes lost their jobs. [...] 
The mere fact of being able to publish to a global audience is the new literacy, formerly valuable, now so widely available that you can’t make any money with the basic capability any more."
--Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

Twitter hashtag: Please use #asteliteracy

The BIG Questions

  • How do we define "literacy?" Are there common standards? (The New Literacy, New Literacies, Toward a Theory of New Literacies)
  • How do we prepare students to be literate? (Teach them to program?)
  • Are there categories of literacy? Can you be literate in one context and not in another?
  • Is there a difference in being literate vs. being educated?
  • Is it a good idea for students to work in the open? (See How to Work Open)
  • How can publishing open new opportunities for students?
  • What about copyright? Intellectual property rights? Privacy? FERPA? (Some bookmarks)
  • If we're not telling our own stories, who is?

Options for Publishing

Of special note:
    • Audioboo; the tool of choice for reporting on the Arab Spring
    • SumoPaint; PhotoShop for free
    • PodCast Capture; the podcast publisher that no one knows about
    • GarageBand; worth buying a Mac for
    • Le Leebre; very interesting (beta) open source ebook publisher
    • Scribd; easy embedding of PDFs and docs, HTML5 and Google Sites compliant (see this example)
    • VoiceThread; richly interactive multimedia storytelling
    • The Internet Archive; immense storehouse for media, including your own
Where/What to Publish Publishing Tools
Web Sites Google Sites, Weebly (Skip's Google Sites tutorials playlist)
Blogs Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, EduBlogs, KidBlog
Wikis PBWorks, Wikispaces
Podcasts Podcast Capture, ProfCast, GarageBand
Documents Google Docs, Scribd
eBooks and Online Books Le Leebre, iBooks Author, Pages, MixBook, Storybird
Images Picasa, Flickr, Instagram, Twitpic, SumoPaint
Audio GarageBand, Audacity, SoundCloud, Audioboo
Video (YouTube, Vimeo) iMovie (including iOS), Screenr, ScreenFlow, ScreenCast-o-Matic
Slide Shows and Narratives SlideShare, VoiceThread, PreziGoogle Docs
General The Internet Archive