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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


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


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 […]

Super Bowl as a learning opportunity


Each year I point to Frank Baker’s remarkable aggregation of media literacy resources.  Frank makes it easy for us to use Super Bowl ads as tools for deeper thinking about media messages. His general questions for discussing the game are kind of timeless and his list of links are super helpful: Super Bowl Ads Home […]

Newswordy: building context for media


I’ll be sharing Newswordy with my social studies and English teachers this fall.  The sites presents a useful strategy for increasing vocabulary, promoting  understanding of breaking news, and developing critical thinking around the media. Each day, Newswordy identifies buzzwords–words used by the media and pundits, words that we don’t often use in everyday conversation These […]

SnagLearning (Snag quality films and instructional content)


I’ve been a fan of SnagFilms for a couple of years now.  The site offers convenient and free access to more than 2100 award-winning documentaries.  It has been among the most popular sites on our documentary film pathfinder. I recently discovered Snag Learning, a version of the site designed for middle and high school use. […]

On writing prompts (video and otherwise)


If your language arts (media/social studies/science/health) colleagues are growing tired of their usual bag of writing prompt tricks, share these ideas with them. TeachHUB offers a wide variety of provocative prompts that are designed to inspire critical thinking and either written or verbal response. Among the goodies on the pages of prompts, with differentiated questions […]

Live in your world. Create in ours. The back story of our ISTE Board visit


On Friday, our High School was honored to be one of three schools to host visiting members of the ISTE Board who were in town for a meeting.  (The other schools on the tour were Science Leadership Academy and School of the Future.) We began by posing this problem to a core group of students, […]

Thanks for the videos, Mike!

Mike Eisenberg, Dean Emeritus and Professor at the University of Washington iSchool and co-founder of Big6, shares a growing series of video conversations that should provoke both understanding and discussion of topics and issues near and dear to the hearts of teacher librarians, topics and issues that should matter to everyone involved in learning. In […]

Frank Baker updates his media lit resources


AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner are largely about information and media literacies. What we are about is helping learners understand and create with information and media as they: Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge Share knowledge and participate ethically  […]