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Media Literacy in Urban Schools

Urban schools face important issues when it comes to teaching and learning media literacy skills. The Media Education Lab has partenered with the Russell Byers Charter Elementary School in Philadelphia to better understand the role of mass media, popular culture and technology in the lives of young children from an urban community. We're moving the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy to Chicago in 2020 to better develop networks of urban educators who share our passion for digital and media literacy. 

Teaching Resources

After 20 years, it's still the most popular resource we offer! A comprehensive three-volume curriculum created by Renee Hobbs and the Discovery Channel for the Maryland State Department of Education is available online.

An essential guide for educators designing synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.

Examine the many different ways librarians are using YouTube to serve patrons and communities

Finally, a media literacy textbook written by Renee Hobbs!

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

Propaganda Education for a Digital Age: New Book Plus Online Learning Modules

Help students understand how copyright and fair use supports digital learning

Research and Scholarship

  • Hobbs, R. ..(1994,January). The Billerica Initiative Brings Media Literacy to Middle School Community Media Review,.
  • Hobbs, R. & Folkemer, P..(1994,January).A New Lens on Channel One Education Week ,37.
  • Hobbs, R...(1994,January).Teaching Media Literacy - Yo! Are You Hip To This? Media Studies Journal,135-145.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1994,).The Billerica Initiative Telemedium: The Journal of Media Literacy,34-39.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1993,August).See Dick and Jane Deconstruct: ABC's of Teaching Media Literacy The Independent,25-30.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1993,November).Channel One: Schulfernseshen zwischen innovation und kommerz (The Promise and Peril of Channel One) Bertelsmann Briefe,.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1992,).Teaching the Media Journal of Communication,p. 180-184.
  • Hobbs, R...(1991,February). Notes of a No TV survivor Boston Globe,Feb 18: C1.
  • Hobbs, R., Stauffer, J., Frost, R. & Davis, A...(1988,January).How First Time Viewers Comprehend Editing Journal of Communication,50-60.
  • Hobbs, R...(1988,January). Stop(ping) the Presses! Christian Science Monitor,.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1988,).Review of "The Media Lab" by S. Brand Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media,119-121.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1988,).Liberal bias? Review of "The Media Elite," by S. R. Lichter, S. Rothman and L. Lichter Journal of Communication,p. 154-157.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1987,).Review of "The Cult of Information" by Theodore Roszak Journal of Communication ,159-161.

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