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50 Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students

50 Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students
Literacy is changing–not at its core necessarily, but certainly at its edges as it expands to include new kinds of “reading.” Digital media is quickly replacing traditional media forms as those most accessible to most 21st century learners. The impact of this change is extraordinarily broad, but for now we’ll narrow it down to changes in how learners respond to the media they consume. The most fundamental pattern of formal academia is to read something and then write about it. Sometimes this writing comes in the form of responding to questions, while other time it’s in the form of an essay. And sometimes the reading is watching, playing with, or otherwise interacting with a digital media. Some of these tasks will look familiar, especially to English teachers. You also might notice that many of them apply to both traditional and digital media. I’ll be updating this list, revising it to add better examples, alter clunky phrasing, and so on. Image attribution flickr user flickeringbrad

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EdTech Cheat Sheet Understanding New Trends in Educational Technology Trying to keep up with all of the new buzzwords in the booming Educational Technology sector can leave you feeling like a kindergartner in a calculus class. Don't tell your teach, but we put together a little cheat sheet to keep you informed on what's happening inside and outside of today's most innovative schools. Think we're missing any major terms or trends? Let us know on Twitter. The Credibility Challenge Summary The Internet can be a rich and valuable source of information – and an even richer source of misinformation. Sorting out the valuable claims from the worthless ones is tricky, since at first glance a Web site written by an expert can look a lot like one written by your next-door neighbor. This lesson offers students background and practice in determining authority on the Internet – how to tell whether an author has expertise or not, and whether you’re getting the straight story. Objectives

10 Spectacular Cases of Musicians Selling Out in Ads With the Super Bowl just around the corner, that means just one thing: A lot of advertisements await millions of Americans this Sunday afternoon, and with Fox reportedly asking $4 million for 30 seconds of ad time during the game, there’s a lot of pressure on advertisers to deliver something memorable. We don’t know what to expect from this year’s batch of ads—well, other than the ones that have been censored by other advertisers—but we know what we’re hoping for: Ads in which musicians exchange their credibility for large paychecks and a shot at commercial immortality. Don’t scoff; there’s a long, proud history of this kind of thing, and one that goes a lot farther back than Feist selling “1234″ to Apple. In fact, just last week Tegan and Sara lent their voices to a commercial for Oreo’s newest monstrosities, Cookie Dough and Marshmallow Crispy Oreo Cookies. (Yes, seriously.)

Why Teachers Should Use Education Technology How do you respond to someone when they ask you WHY they should use education technology? Do you get flustered and attempt to walk them through an array of apps and web tools that can help them save time, reduce friction in the classroom, and more? If you’re an Edudemic reader, then you probably already use edtech and are happy to walk others through those exact points. But what happens when you need a bit of a refresher?

Evaluating Internet Resources How do I evaluate the quality of websites? How can I teach students to evaluate websites? Where can I find checklists for evaluation? Evaluating Internet Resources There's lots of good information on the Internet, but you will also find opinions, misconceptions, and inaccurate information. How do you judge the quality of Internet resources? Don't Think American Cinema Revolves Around Men? Take A Look Here. Apparently, Hollywood thinks we want to see the same stories over and over. This montage of movie trailers may seem like just another funny supercut, but to me it plays like a highlight reel for what's wrong with American cinema. Note as you watch: If the lead isn't a man, what kind of movie is it? And if the lead isn't white, what kind of character is he or she playing in that story? The "ONE MAN saves the world and gets the girl" fantasy is strong in the above video, but did you notice how the only time "ONE WOMAN" is used it's for a romantic comedy? Also, anytime there's an Asian "ONE MAN," he's starring in a martial arts movie — and the two times the announcer says "ONE WARRIOR," the actor is also Asian, even though both Beastmaster and Rambo are included in the montage (but they get to remain men, not just kicking killing machines).

The Teacher's Guide To Keeping Students Safe Online Most students are familiar with and active users of mobile technology. While it does facilitate sharing and knowledge exchange, it can be a dangerous tool if improperly used. By this I mean students using their smartphones (or dumbphones, for that matter) to share things they would never normally share. From inappropriate comments to sexting, it’s a dangerous minefield. So what is a teacher’s role in keeping students safe online? The 20 Best Ads Of 2013 Can a pastry ever be an ad? What about a video created with a certain brand’s product but that the brand didn’t create? A Twitter attitude? All of those things feature in our list of the best ads of the year. Great ePortfolio Resources for Teachers July 28, 2014 With the massive uptake of web 2.0 technologies, the concept of portfolios has migrated to the cloud giving rise to what is now termed electronic portfolios or ePortfolios for short. An ePortfolio is similar in essence to the traditional pen and paper portfolio but with a set of added advantages. For instance , ePortfolios are accessible anywhere anytime with internet connection. Also ePortfolios allows for a wider inclusion of different multimedia items such as videos, podcasts, audio recordings, slides, text, images and many more. Why Use ePortfolios ?

Association of College & Research Libraries What is Information Literacy? Information Literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. The beginning of the 21st century has been called the Information Age because of the explosion of information output and information sources. The 10 Most Successful Ad Campaigns of All Time and How They Came to Be 3aug 09 The 10 Most Successful Ad Campaigns of All Time and How They Came to Be The point of an advertising campaign is to either sell product, or stick in a person's mind. I pieced together this guide to the top 10 ad campaigns in the last century. The list itself was provided by Ad Age, as they're the authority on advertising, but all the background research I dug up from various websites and consolidated into this article. Enjoy (after the jump)!

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