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Digital and Media Literacy

Digital and Media Literacy
Connecting Culture and Classroom

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Media Literacy

July 2011 | 232 pages | Corwin

Maximize the power of media for teaching 21st-century skills

Today's students tweet, text, and navigate apps up to 12 hours each day, but they may not know how to effectively analyze a TV show or website. Award-winning author Renee Hobbs demonstrates how to incorporate media literacy into the secondary classroom, providing the tools teachers need to:

  • Effectively foster students' critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills
  • Integrate media literacy into every subject
  • Select meaningful media texts for use in the classroom
  • Recognize the "teachable moment" in dialogue about popular culture

Included are vignettes of Grade 6-12 teachers who are connecting their English, history, chemistry, and health classrooms to media culture. A companion website offers video clips and discussion questions related to the sample lesson plans in each chapter. Digital andMedia Literacy offers a wealth of ideas that you can implement immediately to prepare students for college and the workforce.

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
Key features

This resource explores:

  • Tips for understanding today's learner, and the culture of the "super-peer" 
  • Ways to build media awareness in the classroom
  • Concrete examples to illustrate the work of media analysis in different subject areas and grade levels
  • ways to assess student work in different media
  • clear delineation of media literacy from "new literacies" or "multiliteracies" and a look at the future
  • discussion of the copyright issues associated with use of digital materials

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

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ISBN: 9781412981583