In my Intro to Mass Media course I was talking about blogging. After class one of my students from Italy told me he wrote an English language movie review blog. The next class session I asked him to share it with his peers. The quality of his writing is impressive.This conversation provided the perfect opportunity to show the class that they can start building a digital body of work online. While this particular student's emphasis was on entertainment, options exist for all kinds of content…Continue
Added by William G Covington Jr PhD on October 31, 2013 at 4:10pm — No Comments
As literacy broadened to include photojournalism and moving images, the importance of being able to detect subtle meanings created by photographers and video journalists began to take on increased importance. While text still dominates, the ability to apply media literacy skills to visual images is more important than ever. Recently in a media ethics class two students selected this topic to research. A news event can literally be framed in such a way that its meaning is determined largely…Continue
Added by William G Covington Jr PhD on September 29, 2013 at 11:25pm — No Comments
NOTE: This is the anchor post for a series of four posts on digital history and the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The other posts are about Timothy O'Sullivan, Alfred Waud, Gettysburg, Memory --- using historical illustrations to teach about the Civil…Continue
Added by John Lee on August 8, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Reading a book by R. T. Kendall caused me to realize how essential maintaining flexibility is as the digital age emerges with ever-increasing ways of connecting with students. Since we are preparing students for jobs that do not yet exist, helping them apply existing skills in new contexts enables them to pursue unorthodox thought. Encouraging "aha moments" experientially helps perserve an atmosphere of constant discovery. Interactivity enables students to create their own futures in…Continue
Added by William G Covington Jr PhD on July 17, 2013 at 5:55pm — No Comments
Recent blog posting about me and my high school library.
I think the author does a good job of summarizing what I do every day.
Added by Hope Hall on July 11, 2013 at 1:02pm — No Comments
As the media in the United States becomes increasingly centralized and further removed from the general public, the role of social media fills the gap once held by responsible journalists. Fortunately the Internet still provdes for the widespread dissemination of ideas without huge investments. Individuals have a forum whereby gatekeepers cannot restrict what is conveyed.
It's sad that journalists in this country are becoming more like those in developing nations. The Daily…Continue
Added by William G Covington Jr PhD on June 22, 2013 at 5:40pm — No Comments
Digital technology has not only changed the way people consume media content, it has brought structural changes with it. Cherry-picking content for that which is most pertinent to the individual and responding immediately with little or no editing is the landscape of mediated communication in the early 21st century.People who produce content professionally, whether educators, journalists, or those in the entertainment industry operate in this evolving, highly interactive…Continue
Added by William G Covington Jr PhD on May 30, 2013 at 6:31pm — No Comments
Lets continue our discussion after the New Literacies Spring Symposium which was held on April 17, 2013 at the Friday Institute.
The symposium focused on implications of NC Read to Achieve for educators and children.…Continue
I'm making this post while attending "Assessment Boot Camp" at the Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas. William Christ, who has published extensively on the subject confessed he had a love/hate relationship with the idea. Having made that disclaimer, he went on to say assessment is inevitable and being proactive is a better option than being reactive.
Mark Tolstedt of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point made a pertinent point on how to teach intellectual…Continue
Added by William G Covington Jr PhD on April 10, 2013 at 2:15pm — No Comments
Media writers and producers are storytellers whether they're crafting a story for a newscast or developing a plot for a thirty second commercial. The complexities of life don't always lend themselves to neat media packaging. Patterson and Wilkins (2014) elaborate on a concept introduced by Gurevitch, Levy and Roeh called domesticating the foreign, which is a process where American journalists oversimplify complicated international stories for the sake of obtaining and sustaining the…Continue
Added by William G Covington Jr PhD on March 29, 2013 at 1:04am — No Comments
Added by Baltazzi Phebe on October 14, 2012 at 11:33am — No Comments
The Massachusetts New Literacies Institute successfully complete the first non-grant funded conference. Sixty-three educators attended the week long Institute July 30-August 3 with three follow-up session in Oct, Nov, and Dec.
The Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative managed and funded the Institute and would like to thank the New Literacies Collaborative for…Continue
In my first attempts to learn my native language Greek, having returned in Greece in1993, sometime after I decided to go study in such a school, a maritime school, graduating as a second lieutenant (in the Navy). Watching this video, I surely can know by first hand, the quality offered to these students! They are VERY LUCKY! Although, I graduated with the second…Continue
Added by Baltazzi Phebe on August 6, 2012 at 12:56pm — No Comments
Cosmopolitan Interview with Indiana Jones
Click here to view interview- Indian Jones Interview
Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr: Archaeologist, College Professor, Soldier& Spy. Particularly notable facets of Indiana include his iconic look: wearing a bullwhip, fedora, and leather jacket, sense of humor, deep knowledge of many…Continue
Added by James Henry Parker IV on August 2, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
As a result of growing interest in developing global leaders, teachers across the nation and world are seeking new ways of embracing a globally oriented way of teaching. So what does this mean for literature teachers? Does reading literature from different parts of the world constitute global learning? If not, what exactly makes a piece of literature “global”?
Global literature is literature that gives voice to different ways of thinking, that exposes other customs, that…Continue
Added by Justin Carrington on July 30, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments
In order for a healthy global learning community to be created, the inhabitants of that community must first be educated on global learning. Taking from the theories and philosophies of many educated scholars, I define global learning as the exploration of cultures different from ones’ own in an effort to increase knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and values of said cultures to promote a sense of cross-cultural interconnectedness. A global learning community is a culturally rich…Continue
Added by Ashley Cooper on July 29, 2012 at 10:17pm — No Comments
Can children really relate to each other when they live thousands of miles apart? So many people question whether young elementary age children are truly capable of global learning or making connections with people half way around the world. However, much evidence has shown that children not only can make global connections, but it often leads to the development of more successful citizens.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” is a famous quote by the Chinese…Continue
Added by Brittney Cummings on July 29, 2012 at 11:17am — No Comments
My synthesis begins with the definition, set forth by Merriam-Webster, for authentic. For this inquiry, it means that cross cultural experiences must be truth and more than an imitation. Keeping this in mind during my research, I began with a website developed to exhibit global learning education strategies to educators. One global experience is described by Klein in an article title Fostering Global Grit, as connecting with a culture through emerging students into the everyday life of an…Continue
Added by Liz Milly on July 28, 2012 at 4:54pm — No Comments
With our recent readings on pluralism, I have come to the conclusion that the American Literature is just a territorial label of the literature that was published in America. Since America is such a young country, the literature we have produced in the last couple hundred plus years has been a representation of cultures that have existed for possibly thousands of years. America is simply an area where people have settled to live that has…Continue
Added by Justin Richards on July 28, 2012 at 12:10pm — No Comments
Creative Synthesis Revised
I will be focusing on young students (K-2) and their understanding of global learning. I began by investigating whether or not young children can fully comprehend other cultures and locations when they are just starting to understand their own surroundings. As a learned more and more about teaching global learning, I discovered at a very young age is the best time to teach this acceptance and tolerance. When researching "Spanish for Fun!"I learned the…Continue
Added by Tara Cregg Powers on July 27, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments