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PBS KIDS Video App

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Chock full of quality children’s programs, the newly updated PBS KIDS Video App is an absolute no-brainer download for families, and for preschool and primary classrooms and libraries. The app is free, easy to navigate and available for both iOS (iPads & iPhones) and Android. The attractive, kid-friendly interface offers immediate access to such series […]

Political TV Ad Archive (and a resource round-up)

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A media literacy opportunity like this comes along every four years. Political advertising is expected to reach several billions of dollars this season, leaving most Americans both barraged and confused. Political TV Ad Archive, a free project recently launched by the Internet Archive, arrived just in time to support this learning opportunity.  It is already […]

Pivot and TakePart: network(ing) for social action

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I recently discovered Pivot, a relatively new television network devoted to presenting entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Its message to its viewers: What you watch does make a difference. Launched by Participant Media, the network and its digital sister site TakePart, target a millennial audience and conscious consumers. Though not all kids will […]

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 […]

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 […]

9/11 Resources

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The members of our incoming freshman class would have been around four on September 11, 2001.  They might not remember what they were doing on that sunny Tuesday morning, a morning that changed most of us in ways I am not sure we yet understand. In two weeks we’ll face the 10th anniversary of that […]