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Taking Old Town Road to School

Little Nas X’ Old Town Road holds the record for most weeks on the Billboard chart. Children know the song, can sing it and dance to it. It has morphed into multiple music videos, gathering guest artists along the way. Why not find a way for the juggernaut to support …

Community as Inquiry (Chelsea Attwell at NAMLE, June 2019)

AML Director Chelsea Attwell presented Community As Inquiry, at the NAMLE Pre-Conference in Washington, D.C. on Friday, June 26, 2019 (“Media Literacy Starts Young: Strategies for Media Mentorship in the Early Years and Early Grades”). She also presented Media Literacy Teaching Strategies at a roundtable. For access to the Google Slides …

Let’s Play! Let’s Talk! Media Literacy and our Youngest Learners

AML Board Director Diana Maliszewski gave this presentation, “Let’s Play! Let’s Talk! Media Literacy and our Youngest Learners” at the NAMLE (National Association for Media Literacy Education) conference on Friday, June 28, 2019 and “Media Literacy Starts Young: Strategies for Media Mentorship in the Early Years and Early Grades” pre-conference …

On The Air: Elementary Student Adventures in Podcasting and Radio Broadcasting

AML Board Director Diana Maliszewski gave this presentation, “On The Air: Elementary Student Adventures in Podcasting and Radio Broadcasting” as a Classroom Demonstration at the NAMLE (National Association for Media Literacy Education) conference in Washington DC on Thursday, June 27, 2019. To access the Google Slides, please click this link: https://bit.ly/2IAHo7r …

Having Fun With Book Culture

I attended the American Library Association conference in Washington, DC and had an opportunity to visit the expansive—REALLY expansive—exhibits. You might expect most exhibitors to be promoting books, and most of them were. What interested me was add-ons, or ways that people were extending the pleasures of book culture. This …

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Algorithms and Media Literacy

by Helen J. DeWaard Algorithms and media aren’t usually considered together. Algorithms are thought to be mathematical and computational sequences that manage our computer data. Media are related to popular culture as expressed through text, image, audio, or video. Both are current areas of focus for educators in the classroom …

The Right Side of History

In November, 2018, Jesse—’CBC tech columnist’—Hirsh appeared in his regular time slot on the Metro Morning radio show to comment on Facebook’s long list of ethical missteps, among them failing to protect users’ private information from hacks and for selling users’ data without consent. The first is an example of …