Tonight (October 3rd) is the first of the presidential debates and the candidates’ performance may influence the final outcome of the election. With millions tuning in to watch Obama and Romney answer questions, what should a viewer look for? What can we expect to learn about each man and what should make us wary?
Lights, Camera, Debate! dives into the impact of debate setting and staging, the techniques candidates use to get their messages heard, and what viewers can do to analyze each candidate’s performance.
Although you’d never know it from news stories, multiple surveys have showed marked decreases in children’s exposure to violence and abuse, writes David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at University of New Hampshire on The Huffington Post. A new Bureau of Justice Statistics report is just the latest in a series pointing to favorable trends in child well being.
Dr. Finkelhor coined the term “juvenoia” to describe an exaggerated fear about youth vulnerability to social change and new technologies.
Presidential elections bring civics education to life, and it’s no surprise that creative educators are finding interesting ways to capitalize on all the media attention surrounding the conventions and campaigns. At Edutopia, Suzie Boss writes about several cool projects.
Campaigns offer all kinds of opportunities for teaching media and information literacy when students analyze and evaluate ads from candidates and interest groups or create their own ads.
Where to start? We’ve collected a bevy of election resources here.
Being a “digital native” doesn’t mean that kids don’t need our help when navigating through torrents of information and multiple devices. In fact, they may need adult guidance more then they realize. That’s some of the interesting thinking in a Scientific American blog (thanks to EdSurge for pointing it out) by Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters, and it’s an claim borne out by research.
Playing games is different from using smart phones is different from searching the Internet.
A guest blog for iKeepSafe.
Is liking something on Facebook constitutionally protected free speech? Lessons on “liking” and the law on Facebook. Read it here.
A recent story from a school bus illustrates the ability of people to use digital communications as a force for incredible good or for evil.
A student used his cell phone to record a video of other students on his bus cruelly taunting and insulting the bus monitor. The video was posted to You Tube and went viral. So far a story of people using technology for bad things.
But the reaction of online communities showed some of the wonderful promise of the digital age.
The community of media literacy educators lost a friend, mentor, leader, scholar, author, and, most of all, a teacher. Barry Duncan passed away June 6th after a long battle with Parkinsons. Coincidentally, the great science fiction writer Ray Bradbury died the day before.
Both were icons and visionaries who had outsized influence on their fields.
Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles and Farenheit 451 became instant classics that became movies and part of popular culture. Both also made important comments about science, society, and people.
Is the American education system doing a better job than news stories would indicate? Paul Farhi thinks so and, in the Spring 2012 issue of the American Journalism Review, lays out a case that the media is “Flunking the Test” when reporting about education.
The popular narrative is our schools are failing—failing to educate children and prepare them for a hypercompetitive, global economy. Our scores in international tests are mediocre. Too many students drop out and more graduate without being prepared for college or career.
Today (April 16th) a new report, Elements of Healthy Media, was released at the NAB convention in Las Vegas. The report helps define positive and healthy media of and for girls. This definition includes for central elements:
• Healthy Body Images
• Active and Diverse Female Characters
• Equal and Healthy Relationships
• Increased roles for women and girls
This definition grew out of research about media images of girls and women conducted by the Girl Scouts of the USA.
“I think we’re kind of one of the first generations to have too much information as opposed to too little.”
That’s one of the most interesting remarks in a new video, “It’s Complicated: What college students say about research & writing assignments,” from Project Information Literacy (PIL). When there is a superabundance of information, some of it is useful and some not. Some of it is factual and timely and some not. Some is relevant and some a distraction.