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

Teen Fans of K-pop
(photo credit: Joseph A Ferris III

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.

Blu-ray Giveaway: Exemplar Message Movie ‘Won’t Back Down’


All movies are message movies because, as media texts, they all have media messages.

Comics Generators and Literacy: Edtech and Nontech Insights from Bill Zimmerman

Possible activity for Black History Month in a few weeks...?

“By encouraging their students to create comic strips, teachers accomplish important goals: they prepare their students for being able to appreciate art more, to gain visual literacy.”

Comics Creation Tools: Thoughts From ‘The Graphic Classroom’


“Visual literacy is as old as humanity. Humans learned to communicate visually before they communicated with text. It’s really not new; it just might feel new.”

Comics Creation & Critical Thinking: From Doctor Who to Bitstrips

Gutierrez - Victory of the Daleks

The limitations of most Comics Creation software are actually strengths when it comes to learning about media and enhancing critical thinking skills…

Guest Post by Christopher Shamburg… When the Lit Hits the Fan in Teacher Education


Teachers don’t have to teach Harry Potter, Captain America, or World of Warcraft, but they can allow students to build their writing on these stories.

“Convergence,” DIY Transmedia, and Librarians

(photo courtesy of the Film Society of Lincoln Center)

I used to think that understanding transmedia required media literacy, and of course it does to some extent, but now I realize that I might have had the cart before the horse…