Monday, May 30, 2011

Pushing Back Against Legal Threats by Putting Fair Use Forward

This Chronicle of Higher Education story profiles the efforts of Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi who are revolutionizing education by clarifying  fair use copyright guidelines. Their new book, Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright, aims to help clarify rights for educators.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

Media Literacy Educator Award

Each year, the National Council of Teachers of English, in association with the "Media And Digital Literacies Collaborative" recognizes one educator for excellence in media literacy education.

The winning teacher will receive a $2,000 check underwritten by the Beck Foundation. And the check will be awarded in time to use for reimbursement to attend the November NCTE Chicago conference where the award will be presented! The deadline to apply is June 30. Award details as well as the application procedure can be found here:

To see the previous year's recipients, click on this link

As usual, thanks, in advance, for helping NCTE get the word out.

Frank W Baker
NCTE Consultant
member, Media And Digital Literacies Collaborative

Friday, May 6, 2011

Digital Storytelling: A Tool for Teaching and Learning in the YouTube Generation

In this Middle School Journal article (May 2011) Oliver Dreon and Jon Landis, ed tech professors, and Richard Kerper, a children's and young adolescent literature professor, explain the emergence of a first-year teacher's use of digital storytelling in his middle school classroom.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

PBS Teachers Launches New Digital Media Resources

from PBS teacher newsletter:
Digital media content and tools provide educators and students with tremendous opportunities to be media creators as well as media consumers. How do you help your students understand the ethics and etiquette of this landscape? How savvy are you about integrating media production projects into your work with students? We've gathered a range of resources and references on these topics and more to help you foster digital media literacy in your classroom. Check out these two new areas of the PBS Teachers site: Digital Media Literacy
and Project VoiceScape

Monday, May 2, 2011

Another media literacy moment: the death of Osama Bin Laden

The death of Osama Bin Laden offers educators another teachable moment.
Since we all get our information from "the news," this recommendation might be useful.

A timely and interesting news and media literacy activity would be to have students compare and contrast the front pages of their local newspaper (or news web site) with others.

Students could:

- examine the headlines, font sizes, layout and photos

- list the sources quoted in the story or stories
- compare a US paper/website with one from Canada, Europe, Asia, S. America, etc.

The Newseum (in Washington DC) features a daily display inside their museum and online of newspapers, so today's papers are getting a lot of attention.

This compare and contrast could also be conducted using news organization's web sites.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

For More Students, Working on Wikis Is Part of Making the Grade

From The New York Times: "...a handful of Singapore universities are using the wiki platform as a way to engage students. "....(one professor) "asked the students in his Digital Media in Asia class to document the digital communication landscape of a given country, build a wiki page, and then conduct a one-week public relations campaign to promote it. "