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  • Do Teachers Assign Too Much Homework?

    The answer to the question, “Do teachers assign too much homework?” depends upon who is asking/answering the question. Teachers might think they don’t assign enough, given their mandates to raise student achievement. Parents might think teachers assign too much homework, especially since time may be spread thin in the home with other extra-curriculum and family […]

  • ABCs of Media Literacy

    The good folks at the Family Online Safety Institute asked me to write a Back-to-School blogpost for their Digital Backpack series. What’s the one thing that I wish all parents and educators understood? That media literacy is much more than technological proficiency. In less than 800 words, I provide the ABCs of media literacy (Access. […]

  • Core Principles of Media Literacy Education as a Framework for Teacher Education

    In 2011, I wrote an article titled, “Building 21st-Century Teachers: An Intentional Pedagogy of Media Literacy Education” that was published in a special issue of Action in Teacher Education. The question I posed was, “Are we helping preservice teachers develop a repertoire of technical skills and pedagogical strategies in the service of democratic practice?” In […]

  • Journal of Media Literacy Education 5:1

    Two years ago, the most powerful earthquake ever to have hit Japan occurred off the coast of Tohoku. Nearly a half million buildings fully or partially collapsed; widespread power outages and nuclear accidents occurred; and tens of thousands of people were injured and killed. Less than five percent of the damage was caused by the […]

  • Media Ecologies of Health Literacy

    Government officials and medical professionals are greatly concerned about the health of children (ages 6-11) in the United States due to the increase in obesity-related illnesses. Risk factors include increased physical inactivity through the chronic uses of digital media and technologies and the lack of physical activity during school. While health education is required within […]

  • Journal of Media Literacy Education

    When my colleague Amy Jensen passed the co-editor baton to me this past February, it prompted me to reflect upon the original goals of the JMLE. I witnessed the debut of the first issue at the 2009 National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) Conference in Detroit as both a contributing scholar and also as one […]