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  • 10 Steps to Media and Technology Literacy

    Rather than simply use technology to support instruction, I firmly believe that media technologies exist to transform teaching and learning in a reciprocally innovative relationship between teacher and student (both of which are learners). With that said, many teachers are swimming (some even drowning) in a sea of curriculum standards that have been imposed upon them. I […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • “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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Healthy Teens, Healthy Schools

    My second book is intended for educators across levels and contexts in our shared responsibility to cultivate critical media health literacy among teens. While the topic of health in the U.S. is predominantly framed as an individual choice and set of elective/learned behaviors, there are powerful institutional forces that both facilitate and impede widespread health literacy. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]