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5 Things I Connected with at Hands-On Media Literacy

On June 17, Frank Baker joined school librarians and teachers at Hilliard Horizon Elementary School.  At the full-day workshop, Frank provided us with tons of resources that participants could then use as they created their media literacy lesson plans.  Liz Deskins was on hand to guide us through the AASL Lesson Plan Database and the template that participants will use to create the lesson plans.  Since the lesson plans are vetted, teachers can be assured that they are of high quality.   Quite a feather in a librarians’ cap to have a lesson plan approved for the database!  Deborah Ford from Junior Library Guild was also available as a facilitator and provided help with Ohio’s Learning Standards.  Brandi Young, ILibrarian, walked us through INFOhio’s Digital Video Collection (   Here are five things I connected with:

The Critical Thinking Consortium (  A Canadian-based consortium with tons of resources ready to embed in your lesson plans.

NMC Horizon Project (  This project, available for K-12 and higher education, charts emerging technologies for teaching, learning and research.

Edutopia (  This online journal is chock full of media literacy articles.  Check out the one on social media as media literacy.

Partnership for 21st Century (  Ohio is a partner state.  There is a media literacy page in each subject area.

Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy ( Edorigami includes a summary table of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy; however, Kathy Schrock’s Bloomin Apps page ( includes additional resources, including apps that support the new taxonomy.  Frank pointed out that creativity is at the top of the new Bloom’s taxonomy.  If you remember media literacy involves both analysis and creation of media.


Be sure and check out Frank’s Media Literacy Clearinghouse ( for a ton of resources!  MLC will be undergoing a facelift soon.