An explosion of inexpensive, readily available new media tools gives artists and social activists new opportunities to communicate with their audience. Rapid expansion of Web2.0 publishing and collaboration websites provides an instant, free medium for dissemination of content. The content for this unit is excerpted from talks given at Pop!Tech 2006. Full versions of these talks (and dozens of others) can be viewed online at http://www.poptech.org/popcasts


  • Arts > General
  • Arts > Drama/Dramatics
  • Arts > Music
  • Arts > Popular Culture
  • Arts > Technology
  • Arts > Visual Arts
  • Educational Technology > General
  • Educational Technology > Integrating Technology into the Classroom
  • Educational Technology > Using Multimedia & the Internet
  • Information & Media Literacy > General
  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > Current Events
  • Social Studies > Global Awareness
  • Social Studies > Technology
  • Social Studies > Thinking & Problem Solving

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Professional Education & Development
  • Higher Education
  • Graduate
  • Undergraduate-Upper Division
  • Undergraduate-Lower Division


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Curriki Rating
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-07-29.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This is a collection that introduces users to new media tools and issues around their use. Each clip or video examines a different issue related to the changes and advancements in the use of technology to communicate different messages. The topics addressed range from outsourcing of call centers to making one’s private life public through the sharing of a GPS navigating system to the use of others images on flickr. There are some suggestions for use in the classroom that are intended to prompt thoughtful discussions and encourage the development of other curricular applications of the material. There is no doubt that these are important conversations that need to take place in our ever-changing world, and this collection provides teachers with some ideas of where and how to start. Depending on the course and the technology resources available, it would be an interesting next step for students to experiment with these various media tools in the classroom.
Maverick McNealy
This collection of videos addresses a variety of interesting topics in the technology world- I can see these as prompts for discussion in high school technology, computer programming, and even…

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