IT and New Media Resources
We live in a technology-driven world with much of our lives influenced by digital media — also known as new media. Behind this new media is a host of IT, or information technology, such as computers and computer networks, hardware and software, which stores and transmits the information.
New media is media that is delivered digitally — via the internet, search engines, mobile phone, tablet or some other smart device. This includes:
- Streamed music
- Computer games
- Virtual online worlds
- Social networks
With normal, mainstream media such as TV, radio and newspapers, most people recognise that the content and means of communicating is owned and controlled by large organisations. With new media, many feel the content is owned and controlled by the users. But is this strictly true? Who controls Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube? Is it really the users? There is no doubt the content is user-generated, but much of this is controlled and censored by the owners of the media platforms.
Digital literacy is a key element of today’s technological world. It enables people to engage with media content in order to analyse and evaluate what they see and hear which in turn helps them make informed choices so that they can manage their media use. It also helps people develop analytical skills which are vital if they are to fully understand and make use of the information they take in. They do not have to take things at face value — they can analyse the information and are better placed to spot media bias, stereotyping, unfair reporting, speculation and inappropriate material.
Digital IT and New Media Resources
A lesson plan on social media. It goes into the benefits of social media as well as social media safety.
For a more comprehensive resource pack on staying safe online download our resource pack
Personal Safety in Cyberspace.
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IT and New Media Topics
The IT and new media topics we produce resources for include:
We publish digital IT and new media resources to support schools by providing help and guidance in an educational format. Our resource packs give the information in a way that informs as well as educates.
Teaching students about IT and new media is important. Our aim is to produce resource packs that provide information and knowledge of IT and new media.