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  • “Adam Ruins Everything” on Election Day 2018

    To commemorate the 4th annual U.S. Media Literacy Week in the United States (Nov 5-9), I will host and moderate a special screening of “Adam Ruins Everything” (truTV) on Election Day (Tuesday, November 6th) at Montclair State University. This is a partnership between the COMM+MEDIA Research Collaboratory (which I founded) and the National Association for Media […]

  • Celling Your Soul

    To commemorate the 3rd Annual National Media Literacy Week (Nov 6-10) PLAY executive director and professor in the School of Communication and Media Vanessa Domine hosted a screening of Joni Siani’s documentary film Celling Your Soul (Bullfrog Films) in the new Presentation Hall in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The film takes viewers […]

  • Media Literacy and Politics

    On November 3, 2016 I was honored to moderate a We The Voters “political party” for undergraduate students in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. Thanks to my faculty colleagues (Marylou Naumoff, Joel Penney, and Marc Rosenweig) for their contributions. We screened two films (How to Master Debate and Mediocracy). Students engaged in a […]

  • Why National Media Literacy Week Is So Important

    The launch of the very first Media Literacy Week (#MediaLitWk) in the United States is being held November 2-6, 2015. The mission of Media Literacy Week is to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today. Sponsored by Trend Micro and hosted by the National Association for Media Literacy […]

  • A Parent’s Guide to Media Violence and Agression in School

    This time of the year, many parents worry about their kids’ safety at school. Tragic and violent events, like those that occurred at Columbine High School more than a decade ago, or more recently at Sandy Hook Elementary School, have fueled intense public debate over the effects of media violence among children and within schools. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Join us at NAMLE in Philly this summer

    Interested in joining me to learn more about media literacy & media use in the classroom? I am very excited about the eclectic program I’ve assembled of some of the best and brightest media literacy scholars, educators, practitioners, activists and artists around.

  • my return to (teaching) public speaking

    After living the past twelve years in the realm of teacher education and technology, I elected this year to return to my communication roots. For the one course I am allowed to teach (as Department Chair), I chose to go outside of the College of Education and Human Services into the School of Communication to teach CMST […]

  • Teachers as Curators

    After an interesting semester of online teaching both undergrad and graduate pre-service teachers, I am intrigued by the recent discourse on digital content curation. This emerging role intersects public relations, communication and media arts, information literacy, media literacy, news literacy (and others). Currently, curation is a highly relevant topic within my current role as teacher educator. When […]

  • My Scholarly Love Letter to Neil Postman

    Last week I had the privilege of delivering a guest lecture in Christopher McKinley’s “Introduction to Communication and Media Arts” course among 135 undergraduate students. My 25-minute presentation emerged as quite the scholarly love letter to the late Neil Postman, who was my doctoral advisor in media ecology at New York University from 1995-1998. My lecture is […]

  • 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 […]

  • Come PLAY online this summer

    I am teaching a three-week intensive online course (Integrating Technology Across the Secondary Curriculum) at Montclair State U. late summer (August 11-August 28). The course will be held within Canvas and will provide participants with hands-on experiences in creating educational and instructional technology environments that are student-centered, collaborative, inquiry-based, and emphasize critical thinking. The course explores […]

  • Student Guest Post: We are Media

    Who better to reflect on the 2/19/14 screening of “Eyes Wide Open: This is Media” than a media-savvy pre-service teacher in attendance? A special thanks to Melissa McHugh for her blogpost and also for live-tweeting the event. By Melissa McHugh | Graduate Student | Master of Arts in Teaching | Montclair State University Last week I […]

  • “This is Media” Screening and Panel Discussion

    Thanks to a grant from the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and pivot tv, Montclair State University‘s College of Education and Human Services hosted a free screening of the 22-minute documentary “Eyes Wide Open: This is Media” on Wednesday, February 19th in University Hall 1050. A panel of communication and education professionals discussed digital and […]

  • Create Responsibly. Share Responsibly.

    Jim Burke of Participant Media gave an excellent keynote address this past July at the National Association for Media Literacy Education Conference in Torrence, California. Participant Media brought us great films such as Lincoln, Food, Inc., and The Help. Not only do I admire Jim for his charisma and sense of humor, but he’s a former school teacher and principal […]

  • Co-Teaching Considered

    This past week I had the privilege of conducted a brief 45-minute professional development session at a high-performing K-6 elementary school in northern New Jersey. In my initial consultation with the principal, we identified several areas of need. Yet, the one area that troubled him the most was the lack of authentic inclusion in classrooms […]

  • Teachers on the PLAYground

    I teach 60 pre-service teachers (undergrads) a one-credit technology module (Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum). I interface with students from English, History, Music, Fine Arts, Dance, Sciences, and Mathematics for 15 weeks online, during their field work semester, but prior to student teaching. While online teaching has its challenges (as I wrote ten years ago), it […]

  • A Media Literacy Tour Through the Common Core

    Join Faith Rogow and me at the NAMLE 2013 Conference in Torrence, CA on July 12th for an exclusive “tour” of the wonders of inquiry-based media literacy education, including how to use MLE methods to effectively implement many of the Common Core Standards. We will blend pedagogy with practice in an entertaining and interactive session […]

  • Critical Media Health Literacy

    Just when I think cultivating healthy kids and healthy schools is too much of an uphill battle, I am inspired by young people (and the adults in their lives) like Zach Maxwell who understand what it means to be both creative and critical in their uses of media technology to navigate treacherous waters of youth. In this case, it’s […]

  • Media Literacy and Adolescent Health

    In 2010 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identified health literacy as a priority area for national action in both the public and private sectors through A National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. The plan specifically identified the type of education where “students can learn to be critical thinkers and seekers of […]

  • The Culture of Media Violence

    This 30-minute PBS special “After Newtown | What Next: Violence in the Media” (air date: 12/22/2012) portrays an in-depth analysis on the culture of violence in the media. At the 23-minute mark, NAMLE Vice President, Dr. Vanessa Domine, speaks to the complex issues surrounding children, media and violence.        

  • 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 […]

  • Media and Real Life Violence

    Last week 12 theater-goers were senselessly shot and killed and 58 others injured during a midnight premier of a popular Hollywood film in Aurora, Colorado.  President Obama and leaders from across the world reached out with condolences to the victim’s families and a community and a nation once again stricken with grief and sadness. Those […]

  • 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 […]