Britannica is set to launch a free digital literacy webinar series for teachers.
Besides offering general guidance and advice for navigating the field of media literacy in education, ‘Storytelling 101: Student media-making and storytelling’ will look at how videos can be deployed to inspire and engage students.
This focus on the moving image could hardly be more timely, as video becomes the dominant currency of communication and storytelling.
72 per cent of people’s time online is currently spent watching videos. Moreover, by 2022, according to a forecast by Silicon Valley-based tech conglomerate, Cisco Systems, 82 per cent of all internet traffic will be to view video content.
The statistics are reflected in the rise of YouTube. In 2016 the video streaming site recorded a billion unique monthly visitors; just three years later, the number has jumped to three billion.
On a planet of less than eight billion people, these are staggering figures, clearly illustrating the importance of educators meeting the needs and expectations of students in the medium they find most comfortable, helping prepare them to thrive in an increasingly media-centric world.
Register online to access Britannica’s free, live sessions:
- Wednesday, September 25 @ 8pm GMT – Storytelling 101: Student Voice in Action
- Monday, October 21 @ 8pm GMT – Storytelling 101: How media-making impacts cognitive development