Consulting Services

Invite Renee Hobbs and colleagues to offer a keynote address, give a workshop, or offer consulting services.


Read about our instructional philosophy, which makes active use of hands-on lesson plan modeling, small group discussion, and viewing and discussion. All programs are customized to meet the needs of the specific group. Email Renee Hobbs at or call her directly at (978) 201 9799 to find out about scheduling, availability and program fees. You can see recent events here. Sample topics include: 

  • Understanding Fake News: Focus on the New Economics of Online Media
  • Create to Learn: Introduction to Digital Authorship 
  • Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning
  • 12 Flavors of Digital Literacy
  • The Blurring of Art, Journalism & Advocacy: Understanding Contemporary Propaganda in a Digital Age
  • Digital Literacy in K-6 Urban Education
  • What Sign are You? How Teacher Motivations for Digital Learning Shape Instructional Practice
  • Awesome DigiLit PD: Designing Effective Approaches to Professional Development in Digital Literacy
  • Linking the Literacies: Critical Media Analysis and Reading Comprehension
  • When Everyone's an Author: Implications for Students, Educators, Librarians and Technology Specialists
  • Why News Matters: Bringing Current Events into the Classroom



Copyright Clarity Learn what you CAN do with copyrighted material like print, images, videos, and music for teaching and learning. Learn when it is legal for students to use copyrighted materials in their own creative work. Learn how to make a fair-use determination about the appropriate and legal use of copyrighted print media, music, and images. Discover the importance of eliminating copyright confusion and replacing it with copyright clarity to support digital learning. 

Understanding Fake News: Perspectives from the Scholarship on Digital and Media Literacy. The rise of "fake news" can be examined in relationship to the development of the field of digital and media literacy education, which includes a variety of "new literacies" including information literacy, visual literacy, media literacy, news literacy and digital literacy. In this talk, we examine how digital technologies reshape concepts of credibility, expertise, authority, verification, ownership, authorship and virality, affecting the practice of analysis of both mainstream media and social media. By recovering the practice of propaganda education, we consider key concepts and strategies for addressing the many new forms of media designed to influence public opinion, including sponsored content, disinformation, and public relations. We consider strategies that support the development of digital ethics that enable people to be socially responsible as both creators and consumers of information.

Why Teacher Motivations for Digital Literacy Matter. What flavor of digital literacy do you like best? Today, there are a lot of flavors to choose from. In this session, we'll explore terms like connected learning, blended learning, media literacy, information literacy and web literacy and use the Digital Learning Motivations Profile to recognize the variety of motives that lead educators to teach with and about media and technology. Improve your collaboration and professional development training skills by understanding how motivations shape instructional practices in digital literacy. 

Mind Over Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda.Do your students think that propaganda only occurred in 20th century Germany? The rise of the Internet and digital culture has increased the variety and scope of our exposure to propaganda in all its many forms. Learn to use a free online media resource designed to help learners critically analyze contemporary propaganda. Mind Over Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda is a user-generated content website that is appropriate for middle-school and high school social studies, health education, science and language arts. Help your students understand and analyze new forms of propaganda like viral marketing, native advertising and other propaganda that can be found in journalism, government, public relations and advertising, education, entertainment and advocacy.