"To all those teachers worried about being made obsolete by digital natives, rest easy. You have a LOT to teach them," blogs computing education professor Mark Guzdial at Georgia Institute of Technology. Hear, hear! He's picking up on New York Times coverage of a new study out of Northwestern University finding that "digital natives" are so not digital media literate. Not too surprisingly to many … [Read more...] about Teachers, ‘digital natives’ need you!
The information (and production) overload of the digital era creates more of everything: both high- and low-quality content coming from everybody, amateur to professional. To quote the quoter (policy pundit Adam Thierer reviewing tech pundit Clay Shirky's book Cognitive Surplus), "Shirky argues (p. 47), 'The low-quality material that comes with increased freedom accompanies the experimentation … [Read more...] about ‘Cognitive surplus’ calls for more media-literacy
It's hard to tell how far-reaching the current social-Web privacy flap will be, but Facebook is certainly working on damage control. In a commentary in today's Washington Post, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said FB has is responding to calls for simpler privacy controls: "In the coming weeks, we will add privacy controls that are much simpler to use. We will also give you an easy way to … [Read more...] about Facebook privacy flap: Some upsides
Critical thinking is user (not just consumer) protection in this age of information overexposure. The FTC seems to agree. It just launched Admongo.gov, a virtual world and Web site to help kids 8-12 decode the code the ads all around them in a very mobile digital media environment, to get their "ad-ucation," as the Federal Trade Commission puts it. It's a great resource for any media-literacy … [Read more...] about Great ‘ad-ucation’ tool for teaching media literacy