Jessica Partnow and Sarah Stuteville from the Common Language Project were in the house yesterday to talk about their upcoming Seattle Digital Literacy Initiative and to kick around some ideas for working together around issues of art, digital literacy and equity and social justice. It was exciting to hear about their work in the classroom, bringing digital skills and media literacy to underserved area students.
It’s becoming ever more important to be able to tell the story of creative work once it’s made in order to connect to community and find a larger audience, as well as make sense of an increasingly fractured landscape of news and information. Middle school and high school students are comfortable with digital media, and know how to make some of it work, but don’t necessarily know how to leverage that knowledge for their own education or creative goals. They may have pieces of the digital tool kit but lack the knowledge or ability to put it all together. Anything that levels the playing field makes for a better game all around, right? Brava @clp_mag!