Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning looks at DigitalLiteracy.gov, the U.S. government’s new site launched to give libraries, community colleges, schools, and workforce training centers tools to teach computer and digital literacy skills. Site users can “Find Educator Tools” via search by digital literacy skill, subject area, or keyword. Users can also browse by age group and format, such as “lesson plans and curricula.”
EdSurge discusses a Bill of Rights and Principles, newly developed by a group of people passionate about learning, serving today’s students, and using every available tool to respond better to the needs of students in a global, interactive, digitally connected world....
GETideas.org hosted this GooglePlus hangout on the future of digital content. The online discussion featured a panel of education experts, including Nicole Allen, affordable-textbooks advocate, Student PIRGS; Una Daly, communication college outreach director, OpenCourseWare Consortium; and Cable Green, director of global...
In Explaining Inequalities in School Achievement, author Roy Nash argues that a realist framework for the sociological explanation of educational group differences can, and must be, constructed. A move to such an explanatory framework will allow society to take into account the...
In Education 3.0: Seven Steps to Better Schools, renowned educator and technology expert Jim Lengel provides a refreshing and hopeful picture of what schools should look like, including a groundbreaking seven-step process for envisioning and building them that draws on the...
April 19, 2011
The video on media literacy from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (U.S.) features Henry Jenkins, media scholar, MIT.
March 22, 2011
As library educators help the academic community incorporate information literacy into the curriculum and instruct students so they become information literate, the role of assessment becomes key—and problematic. What should be assessed, how should it be examined, and is there even a valid and feasible set of assessment tools?
March 2, 2011
The International Education Association completed Year 1 of the I-DO project with great success across 11 high schools connected via Lebanon’s National Education Network. I-DO focuses on tangible 21st-century learning around technology, collaboration, and critical thinking. Just one measurement of success: 100% retention for the pilot.
January 25, 2011
This new policy paper by Renee Hobbs, professor at the School of Communications and the College of Education at Temple University and founder of its Media Education Lab, proposes a detailed plan that positions digital and media literacy as an essential life skill. Hobbs outlines steps that policymakers, educators, and community advocates can take to help Americans thrive in the digital age.
January 25, 2011
Henry Jenkins, director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, published this Macarthur Foundation white paper exploring new frameworks and models for media literacy in a participatory culture; that is, a culture with relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing creations, and some type of informal mentorship whereby experienced participants pass along knowledge to novices.