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Media/news literacy resources too good to miss!

If you read this blog at all, you know I am a fan of Katherine Schulten’s posts for the New York Times Learning Network. This morning she outdid herself with a round-up of resources entitled: Skills and Strategies|Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources, in honor of News Engagement Day, coming up […]

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 […]

The Super Bowl and the Oscars as text


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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Popcorn Maker: Will it pop a great video conversation?


So, imagine if every video we that watched on the Web worked like the Web–completely remixable, linked to its source content, interactive for everyone who used it. I think Popcorn could change the way we tell stories on the Web and the way we understand the world we live in.                      Ryan Merkley, Mozilla’s Chief […]

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 […]

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 […]

Our own Creative Commons


Right before the end of school we launched a new creative space. The transformation of our reference area to a making space was funded by a very generous gift from a family in our community. This little video gives you a flavor of the change. The Altman family wanted the space to be accessible to […]