Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Media Literacy / Digital Citizenship

The conversation last night was so great - here are some links to keep us going:

Howard Garder, et. al new curriculum - I think it is more sophisticated and interesting than a straightforward media literacy approach:  but might be hard to implement at home...  (Wondering what folks think about this as a P4P topic?)

Frontline - Digital Nation - could be fun to watch together - lots of resources on their web page.

CommonSense Media has a frightening explanation of how corporations track kids via cookies (and why it should be illegal) - they also have ratings of various social networking sites - perhaps we'd want to encourage our kids to all participate on a safer one than buzz?

One strategy we discussed was "channeling" - at least trying to make screen time as high quality as possible - to that effect, the American Library Association compiles "Best Web Sites for Teaching and Learning"

For adults curious about the effects of the internet on our brains, Nicholas Carr's 'The Shallows" is probably the best known; books about Kids include "The Dumbest Generation" (mean title, interesting book) and an academic anthology Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out

I don't have anything for kids to read themselves - anyone else?