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Monday, March 19, 2007
Digital Creatives at “South By South West”
The huge “South by South West” conference happened last week in Austin, Texas. The yearly festival has music, film and “interactive” sections. The “Interactive” component is a large conference in its own right bringing together “Digital Creatives” and those interested in online media, games and mobile media.
I like the term “Digital Creative”. It describes a well established segment of media culture that media educators have not yet really acknowledged. Web design, games production and the like are still considered to be part of the Technology Education part of the curriculum in many schools. But increasingly, media students are wanting to work in areas beyond digital video production - bread and butter for media teachers.
Media educators are slowly embracing blogging, podcasting, web design and production, video games and mobile media, but there’s a whole lot more we could be doing to apply a media education framework to the study of these media through reflective participation.
I am a media literacy educator at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. I teach in the Film and Media Curriculum units in the Bachelor of Education Degrees.
I'm involved with media education through Australian Teachers of Media, Qld and through syllabus and assessment implementation for Queensland Studies Authority committees.
My research is in the area of media education and identity formation, particularly in relation to participation with new media.