Social Media Apologist
Media Literacy Evangelist
Diet Coke Addict / Boy Mom
Media literacy has been my passion since 1997, and I will talk about it to anyone who will listen. Worst thing ever said about me as a professor? “She took the joy out of watching ‘Jersey Shore’ for me.” The best thing? “I never played games on my computer ONCE during her classes.”
I also travel around preaching about media literacy and digital citizenship. Why yes, I do have a box of my books in the trunk at all time! I’m like an indie band selling CDs.
My current passions are researching how/why people share false information online. In fact, I think the “verifying before sharing” idea should be a huge part of digital citizenship education.
Many people ask me to do my “internet safety” speech. I don’t do an “internet safety” speech. Even calling it “internet safety” implies that the internet is dangerous and something we need to fear.
Instead, I advocate less preaching and more coaching when it comes to digital citizenship education.
Whatever you call it – media literacy, digital literacy, digital citizenship, news literacy – it all boils down to one thing:
Some Favorite Things:
- Genealogy (ask me about my ggggfather who was born July 4, 1776!)
- Watching my three teenage sons play in their bands
- Netflix binging
- Buying groceries and then buying more groceries
- Collecting fakes posted by my friends on Facebook
- My Dad’s 90th Birthday Party
- Seeing Omaha Beach in Normandy with my boys
- Diet Coke
And in the Spirit of Keeping Things Honest Online….Things that Didn’t Go Very Well Last Year
- Planned something I thought my students would love but they just stared at me blankly
- Gave a talk on digital citizenship to some high schoolers and then spent the next week reading nasty tweets about myself – from them
- Went to give a talk to a parent group and only two people showed up (who weren’t even parents!)
- I fell for an online hoax because I am so liable to believe bad things about cable news
- Had my laptop freeze up during a presentation where the keynoter just HAPPENED to be there
- I received a scathing email from someone about how much they hated my book (ouch)
- A brilliant student emailed me after class to tell me how I missed a perfect chance for an important discussion (and she was absolutely right)
- An online student failed my class and missed graduation
- The moderator at a conference lost track of time and so then I only had seven minutes for my talk
But the glass is half full, folks. Always half full.
- National Association for Media Literacy Education NAMLE – Leadership Council
- Gateway Media Literacy Partners – Executive Board