Saturday, March 1, 2014

History vs Hollywood: Who Gets It Right?

Because this year's Academy Awards nominees include so many docu-dramas, and because young people think they are seeing real history on the screen, I created this new resource. It ties in nicely with Common Core, critical thinking/viewing, media literacy and more. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Common Sense Media's Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum Now Available as iBooks Textbooks

Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and educators harness the power of technology responsibly, has just released its K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum as a set of 8 free interactive, multimedia iBooks Textbooks, available on iBooks. These iBooks Textbooks are the latest and most dynamic way to deliver an educator-approved curriculum that teaches how to participate safely, responsibly, and respectfully in today's digital world. Mike Lorion, General Manager of Education at Common Sense Media says the books  "embrace the benefits of the technology itself and use it to engage students in important lessons that teach 21st century skills, like Internet safety, recognizing and preventing cyberbullying, and online privacy and reputation." Details here. Or go the iBooks store and search "Common Sense Media."

Saturday, February 22, 2014

News Literacy Teaching Resources (NIE Week March 3-7)

The American Press Institute and The Newseum have revised several resources for educators who are teaching with and about the news, all designed to coincide with News In Education Week, March 3-7.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Meeting the CCS for Comparing Book With Film

Many of your students may have seen the current crop of docu-dramas, but how many of them have read the book from which the film is adapted?   Read more about meeting the CCS for film here

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lights, camera, action: 8th-graders share their stories with tech

Bradley Beach Elementary School held a Digital Story Showcase to present 14 short films created by the school's Writing Across the Curriculum classes It was the first-ever initiative, within the school’s Writing Across the Curriculum classes, that was designed to teach students how to work together, tap resources and expertise, and use technology to share personal stories in an engaging way.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Teacher's Guide to The Academy Awards

We know our students LOVE the movies. And the upcoming Academy Awards telecast (March 2) will (again) be one of the most viewed programs, both in the US and around the world. I have developed a new resource web site providing ELA (and other) educators opportunities to take advantage of the buzz about the Oscars. Take a look and share it.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Registration Opens: Media Literacy Research Symposium

March 21, 2014             8:00AM-6:00PM
Dolan Business School  Fairfield University
Join a dynamic and growing group of researchers to:
  • develop and increase research within the field
  • reflect on work from current scholars, new researchers. graduate students and practicing educators
  • move the field forward within new and experienced voices in a unique international  format

Strands of Focus:
Strand 1: Media Literacy: Past, Present, and Future
Strand 2: Digital Media and Learning 
Strand 3: Global Perspectives
Strand 4: Education: Training, Policy, and Digital Citizenship
Strand 5: Public Spaces & Civic Activism
Registration Costs:
$75.00 for academics/researchers/educators  &  $35.00 for students.
For More Information: