Media, Youth and Civic Engagement

Understanding the media is key to participating in democracy. Media literacy education helps students become critical thinkers, encouraging them to become skeptical about political messages without becoming cynical about them. By constructing media messages, working collaboratively and participating in meaningful dialogue and social and political issues, students develop citizenship skillsĀ 

Teaching Resources

Support reflection on why digital and media literacy matters for learning and teaching

Now it's easier than ever to engage students and support learning through creating videos, animations, infographics and more 

Explore the crowdsourced gallery of over 2,500 examples from around the world

Explore conspiracy theories using the power of digital annotation

Help students learn to ask questions about what they read, see, watch and listen to.

Books for young learners: It's never to early to be smart about media!

Understand how copyright and fair use supports digital learning

Research and Scholarship

Tuzel, S. & Hobbs, R 2017 Communicar The Use of Social Media and Popular Culture to Advance Cross-Cultural Understanding Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.19.20.png

his paper offers a case study of a collaboration between teachers in the US and Turkey, where 7 th grade students interacted with each other via online social media as a means to promote cultural understanding.

Renee Hobbs 2017 International Handbook of Media Literacy Education Approaches to teacher professional development in digital media literacy education Journal 1 public://handbook.png /pub/approaches-teacher-professional-development-digital-media-literacy-education
Renee Hobbs 2011 March Knowledge Quest Empowering learners with digital and media literacy. Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.33.23.png /pub/empowering-learners-digital-and-media-literacy
Renee Hobbs and Lourdes Smith 2018 Primer: Massachusetts Reading Association Digital Authorship: Issues and Implications for Educators Journal 0

In this essay, the term digital authorship in examined in relation to literacy learning. We reflect on two critical issues that are sometimes overlooked features of digital literacy in relation to the pedagogical practices of digital authorship.

Renee Hobbs 2017 Educational Leadership # Teaching and Learning in a Post-Truth World Journal 0 /pub/teaching-and-learning-post-truth-world
Renee Hobbs, Nuala Cabral, Aggie Ebrahimi, Jiwon Yoon & Rawia Al-Humaidan 2011 June Action in Teacher Education Field-Based Teacher Education in Elementary Media Literacy as a Means to Promote Global Understanding Journal 0 /pub/field-based-teacher-education-elementary-media-literacy-means-promote-global-understanding
Hobbs, R. and Moore, David Cooper 2014 December Journal of Media Literacy Education Cineykyd: Exploring the Origins of Youth Production Journal /pub/cineykyd-exploring-origins-youth-production
Hobbs, R., Donnelly, K., Friesem, J. & Moen, M. 2013 November Educational Media International Learning to engage: how positive attitudes about the news, media literacy, and video production contribute t Journal /pub/learning-engage-how-positive-attitudes-about-news-media-literacy-and-video-production-contribute
Hobbs, R. 2013 Learning, Media and Technology 38 Improvization and Strategic Risk Taking in Informal Learning with Digital Media Literacy Journal /pub/improvization-and-strategic-risk-taking-informal-learning-digital-media-literacy
Friesem, J., Greene, K., Provorova, L., Tierney, T. & Hobbs, R. 2012 September Kingston, RI: Media Education Lab. First Star URI RAM Academy Journal /pub/first-star-uri-ram-academy
Hobbs, R., Yoon, J. & Al-Humaidan, R. Ebrahimi, A., Cabral, N., 2011 August Journal of Middle East Media # Online Digital Media in Elementary School Journal /pub/online-digital-media-elementary-school
Hobbs, R. 2011 June Nieman Reports # Connecting Kids with News in their Community Journal /pub/connecting-kids-news-their-community
Moore, D.C. 2011 June Action in Teacher Education Asking Questions First: Navigating Popular Culture and Transgression in an Inquiry Based Media Literacy Classroom Journal /pub/asking-questions-first-navigating-popular-culture-and-transgression-inquiry-based-media-literacy
Cappello, G., Felini, D. & Hobbs, R. 2011 December Journal of Media Literacy Education Reflections on Global Development in Media Literacy Education: Bridging Theory and Practice Journal /pub/reflections-global-development-media-literacy-education-bridging-theory-and-practice
Hobbs, R. 2011 November ASCA School Counselor Digital and Media Literacy: The Pleasures and Perils of Online Pranking Journal /pub/digital-and-media-literacy-pleasures-and-perils-online-pranking
Bailin, E. 2011 January Spot.Us # Learning about Flash Mobs Helps Children Develop News Literacy Skills Journal /pub/learning-about-flash-mobs-helps-children-develop-news-literacy-skills
Hobbs. R. 2010 September Formare # Empowerment and protection: Complementary strategies for digital and media literacy education in the United States. Journal /pub/empowerment-and-protection-complementary-strategies-digital-and-media-literacy-education-united-