The cynical way to say it might be that we're all our own best spin doctors these days. There are a lot of ways to say it, though – e.g., protecting one's public image, reputation management, maintaining your personal brand, or just online spin control – but there's nothing cynical or unsavory about this skill, and it's a life skill, not just an online one. Though it's an important one for social … [Read more...] about Personal ‘brand management’ for social literacy
Last week, Part 1 about the "whitewater-kayaking kind of learning needed today"; here, in Part 2, a great example: An alternative headline might be: "A bucket of bricks for learning," but I'll get to the bricks in a minute. First the backstory. Marianne Malmstrom teaches the richest possible kind of media literacy to and with, elementary and middle school students at the Elisabeth Morrow School … [Read more...] about ‘Save the Universe’: Clear space for learning
I wish every high school student had a librarian like Joyce Valenza! Many do, probably, but I hope they hear what Joyce tells the junior class at her school about social media and online reputations. As they prep to apply to colleges and universities, she gives them solid data, resources, and advice, as she relates in her blog at SchoolLibraryJournal.com. She suggests that they replace those kid … [Read more...] about Shh! Listen to the librarian!
Passive consumption – watching TV and DVDs – is still by far the dominant form of media use among little children in these digitally charged times. US children 0-8 spend an average of 1:40 watching television or DVDs in a typical day, "compared to 29 minutes reading or being read to, 29 minutes listening to music, 17 minutes using a computer, 14 minutes using a console or handheld video game … [Read more...] about The latest on 0-to-8-year-olds’ media use
This is a stark example of why media literacy needs to be taught from the earliest ages – in and with digital media. [It's also an example of why it's hugely important to their kids that parents practice media literacy and not take what they see in social sites literally, but more on that in a minute.] This is a new imperative at the household and every other level. The stark example is shared … [Read more...] about Media lit needed!: The new guilt by association