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Curriculum: Our Space

[ 0 ] February 1, 2013 |

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Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World



Our Space is a set of curricular materials designed to encourage high school students to reflect on the ethical dimensions of their participation in new media environments. Through role-playing activities and reflective exercises, students are asked to consider the ethical responsibilities of other people, and whether and how they behave ethically themselves online. These issues are raised in relation to five core themes that are highly relevant online: identityprivacyauthorship and ownershipcredibility, and participation. All curricular units and the full case book [pdf - 133MB] are free and available for download at the link above.

Our Space was co-developed by Project New Media Literacies (established at MIT and now housed at University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism) and The GoodPlay Project (Harvard Graduate School of Education). The Our Space collaboration grew out of a shared interest in fostering ethical thinking, and conduct, among young people when they exercise their new media skills. For more background about the collaboration that resulted in this casebook, see “How We Got Here,”(link) by Henry Jenkins and Howard Gardner.


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About Tina Peterson: Tina L. Peterson, Ph.D., is a consultant with the News Literacy Project. She has a doctorate in mass media and communication from Temple University. Dr. Peterson serves as a co-chair of NAMLE's Leadership Council. View author profile.

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