At every press event, Donald Trump criticizes the media and/or specific people/networks. Initially, he picked on the New York Times and CNN. Now, in the President’s mind, not only are almost all news sources fake, they are enemies of the American people. This has been a constant theme of his rule. Why these attacks? The … Continue reading The Real Problem with Fake News
How to Turn Civics Students Into Engaged Citizens December 03, 2018 Erik Palmer, M.A.Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature This is the final post in our four-part Teaching the Constitution series of blogs about civics and U.S. Supreme Court cases. I taught civics for a number of years, and in truth, much of what was in the official curriculum was … Continue reading Civic Engagement! We need to teach it.
Images, Sounds, and Video: Teach Students How to Read Online October 09, 2018 Erik Palmer, M.A.Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature This blog post is part of a series focusing on media literacy. Once upon a time, stories were simple. We opened a book and read words printed in ink on paper. Maybe a couple … Continue reading Sound & Image Literacy
Teaching Internet Media Literacy in a Digital World September 20, 2018 Erik Palmer, M.A.Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature This blog post is part of a series focusing on media literacy. Recall that in my last blog, we defined media as the means of mass communication. We use media to spread messages. One way we … Continue reading Internet Literacy
Media literacy. There’s a lot of interest in it right now. A problem is that often educators think media literacy means understanding digital sites which means teaching students how to avoid being fooled by fake stories on Facebook. We need to change that. Let’s define media literacy correctly. Students cannot be media literate if they … Continue reading News Media Literacy
Jaime Handley at unsplash.com https://unsplash.com/photos/elaijFnaBMg A dream is a regular idea with a fancy name. That’s all it is. It’s an idea that popped into the head. Understanding that is very important. Why? Have you ever had a bad idea? Ever looked back at something and thought, “Whoa. I shouldn’t have done that. That was … Continue reading Don’t Follow Your Dreams!
We have an all-comedy radio station in Denver—non-stop clips from various comedians. I missed the name of the comic, but one talked about digging through his closet looking at all the junk he had discarded in there. One of the items was his Rosetta Stone CD set. I spent a couple of minutes researching “what … Continue reading Human Nature: Why “Personalized Learning” is doomed