Media Literacy Week
This week is Media Literacy Week in the U.S. October 24-31st is Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2019
What is it? Why is it important? From Wikipedia: Media literacy encompasses the practices that allow people to access, critically evaluate, and create media. Media literacy is not restricted to one medium. Wikipedia
These stats are from 2 years ago- and I'm quite sure that they are worse today. At a time when misinformation and fake news spread like wildfire online, the critical need for media literacy education has never been more pronounced. The evidence is in the data:
When I saw this post by my old friend Wes Fryer, I knew I would have to share it with you. I first met Wes back in 2007 or maybe 2008 at NECC, now ISTE, spoke with him on most Saturdays on the Classroom 2.0 Live series for years and I have continued to follow his work online ever since. Wes is currently the Technology Integration and Innovation Specialist and Digital Literacy teacher at Casady School in Oklahoma City. This link is to an excellent post that Wes originally created to help teach his 5th and 6th graders. Great ideas for one and all. Click on the link or on the photo below. Thanks, Wes!
More Googley Stuff
When I first looked at my list of things to share this week, it seemed that 90% of them were ideas using something Googley. Easy to use, versatile. Check out some of the wonderful ideas folks have shared recently.
"NEW" GOOGLE SITES
The new Google Sites is now available to all HES and HA users and will soon be rolled out to all users. What's so cool about it? Well, essentially it is a work in progress. It has an updated interface. The "look" is more up to date. However, it is a pretty basic, simplified tool at the moment. Supposedly the development team is continuing to add new features to it as they prepare to phase out the old version. It's clean, easy to use, but only if you are adding all GSuite material. Embed codes are not currently supported as far as I can see.
There have been tons of blog posts about the new Google Sites. Here's a few links to get you started:
Upcoming ~ Free ~ Online PD
Wednesday, 11/16 is the last day of GEC- Global Education Conference. If you missed it- don't worry it's being recorded. This conference, now in it's 7th year, constantly features amazing educators from around the globe. Check it out live... or check the archives. Recordings are here, but keynotes eventually end up on YouTube
Simple K12 is offering a free online PD day this Saturday 11/19- "Get Started Using ChromeBooks in Your Classroom" from 10-3:30. These are (6) 30 min sessions. Attend one or all. Register and more info HERE.
Google On Air is coming up quickly! December 2nd & 3rd. Check out the site and register HERE. Check out the video below for highlights of the event last spring.