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Newseum offers resources on Baltimore

The Newseum is one of my favorite museums to visit, both physically and virtually. Established and supported in part by the Freedom Forum, the non-partisan museum’s mission is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through exhibits, public programs and education. Its rich array of archived newspaper front pages from around the world is […]

ReadWriteThink rocks: with free apps

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If it’s been a while since you’ve returned to ReadWriteThink, I urge you to consider a visit today. The quality portal, rich with free resources and sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Verizon Foundation has grown even more interactive. So what’s new?  There’s an array […]

Newseum Education’s Digital Classroom

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The Newseum in Washington, DC has long been one of my favorite places to take students. The interactive museum, dedicated to media and journalism, now offers a Digital Classroom and you’ll want to add it to your go-to spaces for high quality, standards-based, document-driven instruction. Focused on historical inquiry, media literacy, critical thinking, document analysis, […]

Frank Baker on libraries and media literacy

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Each year around this time, I reconnect with media literacy guru, Frank Baker (@fbaker) about his resources for thoughtfully examining the media messages surrounding those two, too-interesting-not-to-analyze big winter television events–the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl Yesterday, we had another chat. Although Frank is a strong supporter of our work, he believes that it is […]

Media Breaker–for talking back (and teaching fair use)

Encouraging students to celebrate and use the rich portals of the ever-growing Creative Commons movement to find copyright-friendly media is an instructional no-brainer. Teaching students how and when to flex their fair use muscles–how to decide when their use of copyrighted media is truly transformative–is a greater challenge.  But it is a challenge we must […]

Getting ready for Super Bowl and teaching with the “text” of life

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If you are a teacher, getting ready for next weekend might involve more than picking up a bucket of wings.  While the kids cheer their teams on with their friends and family, they could be thinking a little more critically, by reading the text of commercials. Really. Annually, Frank Baker’s Media Literacy Clearinghouse offers an […]

Looking closely at inaugural addresses

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This week many of us will take the timely opportunity to study an important primary source–the Inaugural Address. The New York Times offers a fascinating interactive timeline of word clouds, summaries, and full-text documents. (I suspect today’s address will be posted shortly.) The timeline takes a look at the language of presidential inaugural addresses. The […]

Sandy and media literacy

. . . one of the things that’s now becoming clear is the major role that social media played during and after the storm. Sites like Twitter and Facebook were, for some, incredibly useful tools. They were ways to keep up with friends and relatives and neighbors in a stressful time, but they were also […]

Election resources to share

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Information is the currency of democracy. Thomas Jefferson Presidential elections present ultimate, authentic teachable moments, opportunities for us to exploring a variety of literacies with learners at all levels I recently pulled together an Election LibGuide for our students and teachers and I thought I’d share some of the most popular inclusions. On issues C-SPAN’s […]

TV News Search & Borrow brought to you by Internet Archive

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Television news has always been ephemeral–hard to search, hard to access, hard to share. The Internet Archive recently launched a tool that will be huge help to any teacher who would like to use television news in the classroom.  It opens up some fabulous possibilities for student media research. Inspired by the pioneering work of […]