Children and new media ecologies: Bringing commercial videogames into the classroom (2008)

Language: English

Description of the lecture:

Pilar Lacasa presents the research concerning using video games in education. She discusses the advantages of digital technologies and the importance of enriching new media literacy skills amongst the children.

Indicative transcript of the lecture:

• (00:26) Explains the concepts “new media”, “old media” and “new media ecologies”.
• (02:38) Shows an excerpt from “A Space Odyssey”(Kubrick, 1968).
• (07:11) Expresses the idea about the connection between new media, video games and the movie of Stanley Kubrick, using such concepts as “avatar”, “virtual” and “reality”.
• (09:19) Gives an insight into theories (Urie Bronfenbrenner, James Gee, cognitive psychology) used by Pilar Lacasa.
• (14:17) Presents the researches regarding the use of video games in education. Unfortunately there is a gap between the school life and the reality outside and through the use of video games children learn to re-interpret and reconstruct the reality.
• (20:41) Presents the research done in two public elementary schools in Madrid in collaboration with Electronic Arts. The main goal of the project was to improve digital literacy of children and to establish the relationship between real and virtual life. What are the reasons for using digital technologies in shools?
• (26:55) Presents the webpage of the project.
• (28:19) Provides an insight into the data collected during the research and the process of the data analysis.
• (35:17) Discusses children’s sense of reality using the transcripts of conversations between the researcher and children.
• (39:38) Illustrates how the real and the virtual are merging together during playing of video games. Uses the example of the video game Sims 2.
• (47:33) Analyses how meaning is dependent on the context using the examples created by children (photos, texts, game characters).
• (55:17) Presents the future research plans using the video game Spore and the emergent topics in new media & education field.

About the lecturer:

Pilar Lacasa - professor at University of Alcalá (Spain), coordinates the group “Imágenes, palabras e ideas”. Three essential concepts summarize her theoretical and methodological approach: acquisition of multiple and new literacies, (she approaches this general topic from a socio-cultural approach), multiple and everyday contexts and qualitative methodology, employing computer-specific resources in this context.

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