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New Footprints on the Well-Trodden Path


Cleveland Hayes, Kenneth Fasching-Varner, Hillary Eisworth and Kimberly White-Smith

entire course on technology, coupled with the diversity and interactions course (which I did perceived to be a useful class), and various other video projects seems to be unhelpful at times to make me a better teacher. I think that time would be better served teaching us how to teach media literacy

In Search of Power and Identity

A Hip-hop Autobiography


Lauren Leigh Kelly

. Pough , R. Raimist , & E. Richardson (Eds.), Home girls make some noise: Hip-hop feminism anthology (pp. 208 – 227 ). Mira Loma, CA : Parker Publishing, LLC . Kellner , D. , & Share , J. ( 2005 ). Toward critical media literacy: Core concepts, debates, organizations, and policy


Holly J. Thornton

The impact a teacher has on students may be profound and lasting. Thus, teacher preparation is grounded in standards to assure that all teacher candidates know the content and have the skills needed to become good teachers. What makes a teacher great? The answer is not clear-cut or easily measured with tests. But we all know a great teacher when we see one. The best teachers have an It Factor that sets them apart from others. It is seemingly intangible and unteachable, as it’s often said that, “Some people are just born to be teachers.” This book challenges that assumption and uncovers the It Factor. Teacher and student voices helped to develop language and tools to examine how teachers are disposed to think and act and how this affects student learning. If we can identify what makes teachers great, we can teach it.

Students have a sea of information, opinions and messaging at their fingertips. They find themselves navigating through a myriad of facts and “alternative facts.” Opinions, beliefs, and fallacies share the same platform and status as well grounded information and vetted ideas, fueling tensions among individuals and distance between groups. Developing students who are caring, critical thinkers and problem-solvers may be more important now than ever. The teachers who are right for this challenge have more than content knowledge and teaching skills. To meet this challenge, teachers need to have “It,” that something inside that makes them not just good teachers, but great ones.


Edited by Holly J. Thornton

efforts to understand other’s perspectives. These are things that we rightfully expect an educated person to do ( Levin, 1998 ). These goals reach far beyond those that can be measured by standardized testing. 9 Dispositions and Media Literacy The impact of our rapidly progressing technical society and


Jo Coldwell-Neilson and Trudi Cooper

complex term that does not have one agreed upon definition. It is often confused and interchanged with other terms such as ICT literacy, technological literacy, media literacy and information literacy. These terms overlap with digital literacy and share similar characteristics in their definitions


Douglas Kellner

, and everyday life, as well as continuing work in philosophy, social theory, and cultural studies. In education from the mid-1990s to the present, I have been especially concerned to expand the notion of literacy to include media literacy and multiple technoliteracies. By the mid-1990s, it was clear to


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Creating Wobble in a World of Spin

Positioning Students to Challenge Media Poses


Sarah Bonner, Robyn Seglem and Antero Garcia

continues to motivate those in positions of power. As we’ve argued elsewhere ( Garcia, Seglem, & Share, 2013 ), critical media literacy in today’s participatory culture is an important stance on which classroom learning must be shaped. As experts in the use of language, English teachers have the opportunity

Sujee Eva

emotions via social media. Thus, the digital learners are using texts as their primary method of communication. Teachers and researchers are also eager to investigate the learning that takes place in online social settings. Mere access to social media is not enough and new media literacies are needed to


Danielle T. Ligocki

participants as well and seemed to dance around the idea of critical media literacy and the support that it takes to learn how to be critical of different texts and forms of media. Jake mentioned that the degree to which young viewers may be influenced is partially determined by the home life, morals, and