Gathering Useful Resources

In my posts, I usually incorporate another source to give more context and hopefully promote further reading about a particular subject.  Gradually, more people have asked me about resources for specific topics and how I manage to identify them.  With so much information about ethnicity, culture, early childhood, technology, media and diverse abilities, it can be stressful just deciding the websites that…

Why Not Include Media Literacy in Early Childhood?

Media bias.  It’s something that we may discuss in our conversations with family members, friends, and colleagues.  Many of us understand that media is constructed by human beings, and therefore, it contains biases and objectives. As adults, we develop our own methods of navigating this terrain and figure out how to function in a world full of…

Creation or Consumption: What is essential?

Often in children’s interactive media and technology, educators and parents discuss the ways that these tools are used for creation and consumption.  These two categories allow people to recognize that children are both designers and creators who are using media and tech as tools and that children utilize preset content on an app, website, or game.  Both of…

#WeNeedDiverseApps

If you’re interested in diversity in children’s media either as a parent or early childhood professional, then you may be aware of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.  The mission of this campaign is “to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature,” and it is “committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately…

Nostalgia Meets 21st Century Competency and Skills

In America, we have just celebrated Thanksgiving Day.  This holiday, with origins attributed to the Pilgrims’ relationship with the Wampanoag tribe, older Christian practices and other historical events, is designed to help us – American citizens – recognize and acknowledge all the parts of our lives that we’re “thankful for.”  For many of us, it is a…

We Need Media Literacy Too

This week Education Week published the  article “Where Do Biases Start? A Challenge to Educators” composed by Darius D. Prier, Ph.D., that focused on biases educators may have towards African American young men due to media’s representation of them. In order to address this issue, one recommendation Dr. Prier suggests for teacher educators programs is to include media literacy in…

We Give New Media and Technologies Value

My exploration of children’s literature, new media and technologies continues to uncover similarities and best practices early childhood professionals and parents can apply to their work or interactions with young children.  Recently, I reread an article by Katrina Willard Hall, Ph.D. published in Young Children.  In her article “Reflecting on Our Read-Aloud Practices: The Importance of Including Culturally Authentic Literature”, she states…