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Digital and Media Literacy

Digital and Media Literacy
Connecting Culture and Classroom

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September 2011 | 232 pages | Corwin
Renee Hobbs, one of the nation's leading authorities on media literacy education and an active presenter, offers real-life examples of teachers who incorporate media literacy education through creative uses of mass media, popular culture, and online social media. Media Literacy in Education will give educators the tools to help secondary students develop the competencies associated with media literacy: the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and communicate messages in a wide variety of forms.

Hobbs provides examples and vignettes in the area of English language arts, literature, social studies, health education, and the fine and performing arts. Teachers will learn how to select meaningful media 'texts' for use in the classroom and how to recognize the 'teachable moment' in dialogue and discussion about mass media and popular culture.

Publisher's Acknowledgments
About the Author
1. Why Digital and Media Literacy
2. Research as Authentic Inquiry
3. Critical Questions, Close Reading
4. The Power of Representation
5. Composing With Media Across the Curriculum
6. Protection and Empowerment
7. Life Online
Take Action
8. What in the World: Teaching With Current Events
9. Infusing Digital and Media Literacy Across the Curriculum


Supplemental Resources Website
The supplemental website for Digital and Media Literacy contains summaries, documents, videos, discussion questions, and a vast resources section to enhance your undersanding of how to best use media in the classroom to support core competencies.

“As our society becomes more global, schools must embrace a curriculum that builds and supports students’ critical thinking and 21st century skills. This book provides a purposeful technology- and media-driven path for teachers and curriculum specialists to follow in preparing students to become global citizens.”

Abbey Spoonmore Duggins, Instructional Coach
Saluda County Schools, Saluda, SC

"This book provides a wide variety of ways teachers can use technology to their advantage in the classroom. We need books like this one to show us how to utilize the power of the Internet and create valuable learning opportunities to 21st century students."

Melody L. Aldrich, English Deptartment Chair
Poston Butte High School, San Tan Valley, AZ

"Every teacher desires to integrate technology into their classroom instruction. This book provides step-by-step lessons and explanations. This is a must-read for anyone still tentative about immersing their instruction with the digital age."

Michelle Strom, Language Arts Teacher
Fort Riley Middle School, Fort Riley, KS

"This book gives teachers ideas for actively engaging students in meaningful conversations. It helps us to find new ways to challenge students to think on a higher level."

Patti Grammens, Science Department Chair
Lakeside Middle School, Cumming, GA

"Renee Hobbs is a teacher at heart. Drawing from her vast knowledge of media literacy education and her experiences in secondary classrooms, Hobbs delivers on a number of fronts: critical thinking, Common Core standards, lesson planning, and communicating. To read Renee Hobbs is to take action!"

Donna Alvermann, Distinguished Research Professor
University of Georgia Department of Language and Literacy Education, Athens, GA

"By providing numerous examples, tools, and strategies, Media Literacy Education invites us to understand, critique, and create media. Renee Hobbs builds on theories of adolescent learning as well as current research in media studies to provide a clear framework for integrating media literacy across the curriculum. We have been told that we are supposed to engage our 21st-Century students. Hobbs continues to show us how."

Troy Hicks, Assistant Professor of English
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

"Renee Hobbs makes a powerful case for media education as a touchstone for all areas of the curriculum. Even better, Media Literacy Education provides the tools for fostering media-literate learners—a must in the 21st century."

Nancy Frey, Professor of Literacy
San Diego State University, CA

"In her new book Media Literacy Education, Renee Hobbs demonstrates that using digital media in the classroom can support the development of print literacy skills, as well as entertain and engage. This book links traditional skills such as authentic inquiry and the use of critical questions to students’ pop culture, bringing relevance to the learning experience. In doing so, it empowers both teachers and students to make literacy experiences more relevant to students’ interests, everyday life, and important current and cultural experiences."

Kristin Hokanson, Technology Integration Specialist
Upper Merion High School, PA

This book includes fantastic information for teachers. It provides a great mix of theory and application. The applications vary greatly which helps readers critically consider how to design to fit their pedagogies.

Dr Amber Nicole Pfannenstiel
English Dept, Millersville University
June 13, 2017

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