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Investigating coronavirus media messages through magazine covers

This morning media literacy expert Frank Baker (@fbaker) shared a new resource posted on his Media Literacy Clearinghouse. Frank’s gathering of March 2020 Pandemic Magazine Covers offers a simple and powerful way for us to engage learners in deconstructing media messages shared by covers from the U.S. and from around the world. He invites us […]

Super Bowl Literacy: For post-game learning

This week presents an opportunity to host a different kind of post-game show in our classrooms and libraries. You may want to prepare to revisit SB LIV with many of the videos, data, instructional resources, scaffolds, and portals available to support some engaging media literacy experiences. To get started, Super Bowl Ads.com offers a handy […]

Four Moves and a Habit to share with your middle and high school learners

I’ve never been a fan of evaluation checklists. They require serious cognitive lift, perhaps more lift than some content actually deserves. I am a big fan of what Mike Caufield calls moves, some sticky strategies we can all use to get closer to the truth. Caufield, of Washington State University Vancouver, leads the Digital Polarization […]

John Green launches Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information

On behalf of my library/educator colleagues, thank you, John Green. Thank you, John, for offering us a new tool in introducing media literacy and credibility awareness with our learning communities. Thank you for lending your honest voice and passion to this mission. John recently introduced a new 10-episode Crash Course series, Navigating Digital Information, developed […]

Media Literacy Week on Participate

This coming week is Media Literacy Week. One way to celebrate is to join the free Media Literacy Community of Practice on Participate.com. Community leader, Michael Hernandez will host two weeks of in-community activities as well as a Media Literacy Webinar on November 6th at 8:30 PM Eastern. Michael Hernandez is an award-winning cinema and journalism teacher in Los Angeles whose […]

On that video about non-book reading

A few days back I kinda jumped on a social media bandwagon reposting the Jimmy Kimmel video, Can you name a book? I cringed when I watched that video. And I had an icky feeling when I hit the Tweet button. But I did it anyway. Kimmel referred to a Pew survey released in March that explored […]

Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed? (Free webinar!)

I am delighted to participate in a free webinar next week that reaches across libraryland. Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed? will be a live session at ALA Annual this summer, but we’re presenting a preview on Wednesday, April 25 courtesy of the Freedom to Read Foundation and the Office of […]

Negotiating Nuance

Recently, I was honored to be invited to speak at the 21CLHK Conference in Hong Kong. One of my archived talks addressed the Noah principle–why predicting rain doesn’t count, and why building arks does–as it relates to the credibility crisis or the challenges of container collapse. I see so many opportunities for us to take […]

News literacy tools: Advice, four sites and a new app (Swiipe)

One of the reasons our students find and use news that is less than credible is that their news habits are less than energetic. Among the ten key trends Pew researchers gathered from among their research reports on social and news media were: Use of mobile devices for news continues to grow. Two-thirds of Americans […]

Thinking with the Super Bowl

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 […]