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Now in Theaters: An Absolutely Must-See Doc About Digital Literacy

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Filmmaker Cullen Hoback’s work represents a treasure trove of ideas for those who want to connect domestic spying and the death of privacy to civics, media studies, ICT, and political theory—not to mention information literacy and digital literacy specifically.

Q: How to Connect Critical Thinking, Research, and Information Literacy? A: Fandom

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The task for educators is not to drain this sense of open-ended exploration from student-fans but rather to make sure that it is accompanied by the Jiminy Cricket-like voice of critical literacy…

MTV’s Andrew Jenks on Storytelling, Media Literacy, Baseball’s Bobby V, and His New Book

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“Teaching media literacy seems almost as important as teaching any other subject because it is one of the main ways that young people learn and develop–and if you don’t know how to navigate the basics of consuming media and using media, you’re in trouble.”

The Shoah Foundation on Media Literacy… and the Importance of Librarians

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“It was purposeful that the IWitness platform was built with media literacy and school standards around digital education right at the center of its architecture.”

Please Take This, Copy It, Use It, Improve It: A Digital Fandom Checklist

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(photo credit: Joseph A Ferris III americaninnorthkorea.com/)

Teaching librarians and language arts educators have, via fandom, a unique opening to reframe netiquette as something other than a subset of character education or online safety.

New NCTE Research Brief Aligns Perfectly with Pop Culture Fandom… and Libraries

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“Students who develop expertise with a particular kind of reading— science fiction or online games, for example—outside of school may not think this kind of reading will be valued by their teachers.”

Guest Post by Ryan Goble… Uncommon Literacies: Teaching ‘This American Life’ (2)

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If our job as educators is to engage the hearts and minds of our students I can think of no better pop cultural text than “This American Life” to uncover the silly, strange, and sublime states of the human condition with our students.