Remix –- or combining different media to make or say something new -– is an essential 21st-century skill, and something kids do naturally, because it's fun to riff on existing media, add your own spin, and create something fresh. Teachers can harness this creative impulse, and focus students' natural tendencies toward remixing on classroom activities that build critical thinking skills, help students learn new technical skills, and encourage them to make productive, critical contributions to the world. Through remix, students create but also think in new ways, and dig into and explore the essence of authorship and meaning. If you're looking to bring remix culture into your classroom, these picks are a good place to start whether your students are interested in video, games, music, memes, or just about any media you can think of.
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