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Kapwing: a very sweet web-based video editing suite

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It solves so many problems. And it is sooooo easy. I just discovered Kapwing. The free web-based video editing suite offers nine features (and promises more to come) and I am so excited about sharing it with my students and using it in my teaching.  It’s a kind of media Swiss army knife perfect for schools. Kapwing […]

Thinking with the Super Bowl

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Here in Philadelphia, we’re particularly excited about this year’s Super Bowl. It’s a bit of a challenge to remember that a lot of learning that can happen beyond what happens on the field. Each year, media literacy consultant Frank Baker reminds me that this major sports event is also particularly ripe for media literacy learning. In a […]

UniversityVideos.org: search, transcripts, and automatic clipping!

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I make so many discoveries through my grad students’ Weekly Search News presentations. This week, Emma shared Universityvideos.org. The new free video library, created by the MicroSearch Corporation curates academic videos and the metadata from a vast array of Univerisity YouTube channels, as well as TED and TEDx talks, scientific and cultural institutions like NASA […]

Just released: A Common Sense Census

Common Sense Media just released a major study that will be of interest to any educator interested in understanding how kids actually use technology.  The results make fabulous fodder for faculty discussion.  It may help guide decision making in addressing instruction and issues of equity. The large scale study, Media Use by Teens and Tweens […]

American Archive: A new online “reading room” of historical public media

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To honor the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB)–a collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress-today announced the launch of its Online Reading Room.  The collection preserves significant historical public media content and makes it discoverable and searchable.  More than 100 public media organizations share content from […]

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

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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 […]

Our own Creative Commons

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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 […]

Super Bowl as a learning opportunity

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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 […]

Read it 1st! (For Nerdfighters & the world)

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Inspired by Nerdfighteria, we decided to bag the traditional book-to-film display in favor of a far more awesome, far less sucky Read-it-first display. Our Springfield Nerdfighters not only approve, several volunteered to help us pull it together. The Readit1st pledge page offers a variety of embeddable web and Facebook buttons (with logo designed by Hank) […]