Today’s learners have spent the majority of their formative years living and learning in a world of Mashups. For those of you not familiar with the term, digitally speaking a mashup is a combination of two or more data forms in a unified interface, usually creating something unique through the combination (sounds more complicated than it is). Simply put, it means mashing things like video, images, links and text together to create a new product.
In music, it takes on a similar meaning. Consider, for example, how the music in TV shows like Glee and movies like Pitch Perfect combine the best attributes of our favorite songs to make unique
combinations. One of my current favorites in this genre is the acapella group Pentatonix. Their wildly popular Evolution of Music (which has nearly 70 million views) takes you from the 11th century through today in 4 and 1/2 minutes. It is quite fun to watch.
Students today are familiar with mashups like this from their favorite websites, blogs, social networks, and even their favorite TV shows. In fact, many students today expect mashups and even prefer this delivery style to single channel or separated/individualized block elements of content.
So, how does this affect us as educators in the 21st Century? Well as we design learning content, we can think about how we can combine text, images, video and interactive elements in new ways so that they can all play in-line. This page demonstrates different content playing in-line. For example, we have text, images, interactive content in the form of links, and even and instructional video all playing together in one space.