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You and media literacy: What’s the story?

Hi friends, I’ve been asked to work on an article for the Journal of Children and Media (JOCAM).  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to gain visibility with colleagues who are share our professional interests in ensuring children grow up able to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms. Sure, [...]

Three tools for “in-text” video analysis and why it matters

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For many of us, the go-to platform for learning and sharing is video.  Our students increasingly consult YouTube to get up to speed on any topic.  We learn from TED Talks, the Khan Academy, as well as the growing number of videos we ourselves create for flipped. blended and hybrid instruction. Though film media prevails [...]

Twitter adds group chat and a mobile video cam

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No secret:  I rely heavily on Twitter for keeping up with professional news and for messaging and for sharing discoveries. So, I was very happy to discover that Twitter’s Direct Message feature recently expanded to include group messaging. This enables the tweeter to easily set up groups and to privately message with up to 20 [...]

Return of the 90-Second Newbery

Charlotte’s Web – HORROR STYLE from James Kennedy on Vimeo. The 4th annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival may coming to a city near you.  You may want to get tickets and join the fun live at free, gala screening event. James Kennedy, its charming organizer, master of ceremonies, and author of  The Order of Odd-Fish, [...]

In case you missed the hoopla live . . .

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I’ve got a lot of reading to do!  Though I read a lot this year, each year at the beginning of each February I start fresh with a checklist of the great titles I missed. Of course, this was a big week for kids’ books and media.   If you somehow missed ALA’s Youth Media [...]

Check out DKfindout!

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Greetings from ALA Midwinter where DK launched a beta version of DKfindout!, a new interactive site that makes the publisher’s already highly exciting visual content even more exciting! Designed for children ages seven through eleven (but truly fun for all!), the content spans science, math, English, history, geography, the human body and more with print, [...]

Free PD for TLs (an infographic)

There’s a whole lot of learning going on out there, but I’ve learned that it’s not all that easy to find. For the last few years I’ve tried to keep up with it myself and help my students and colleagues keep up as well.  I decided it was time to pull it all together. Here’s [...]

Knowledge Quest refreshed!

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I love SLJ ,of course. I am also a huge fan of AASL’s bimonthly journal, Knowledge Quest. It grows more relevant and inspirational with every issue. I keep a sticky-noted stack of them on my desk. Just yesterday, AASL announced the launch of Knowledge Quest‘s companion website, focused on integrating theory and practice. And it [...]

The Super Bowl and the Oscars as text

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Frank Baker and I chat around the same time each year. And when we do, the journalist, media literacy expert and author of Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom, reminds us all of the importance of offering learners the opportunity to thoughtfully examine the prevalent texts of our culture. In the coming weeks, two global [...]

Free civil rights programs using presidential primary sources

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Now through March, the Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP), a partnership involving the National Park Service, U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums and other cultural and historic organizations, and the Internet2 community, offer an exciting series of free programs for students. Designed for grades 6 through 12, the programs created by ten historic sites and libraries, [...]