Thursday, December 20, 2012

New Gender Equality/Media Lessons Unveiled

In partnership with USA TODAY Education, SeeJane has unveiled a new series of lessons focused on gender, self-image and equality. This eight lesson curriculum introduces topics like media and bullying in the context of gender equality.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Teaching With Visual Literacy In Mind

Visual Literacy proponent/author Lynell Burmark explains why the use of images is so important in the classroom and how it can help teachers meet the challenges of getting through the curriculum and engaging students in skills and content they'll actually remember and apply after the test.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Tribute to Media Literacy Advocate David Considine

After more than thirty years advocating for and advancing the state of media literacy education in the United States, Dr. David Considine, professor at Appalachian State University and creator and coordinator of the Graduate Program in Media Literacy, retired this year (2012).  Read the rest of the tribute here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Using Film to Teach Common Core Skills

This secondary English teacher makes a convincing case for why ELA teachers should teach with and about film in order to reach many of the goals and objectives of the new Common Core Standards.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Why computer literacy should begin in grade school

Schools don't spend enough time teaching students the basic functions of a computer, such as file management, but expect students to complete assignments on a computer, educator Sheena Vaidyanathan writes in this blog post. Vaidyanathan argues that basic computer science lessons -- such as how to save a file so that it doesn't get lost on the computer -- should begin in grade school. "In today’s world, one may argue that this is more important than learning about rock formations," writes Vaidyanathan, who teaches 3D design and computer programming in California.