“Introduction to Media Literacy” by the Media Literacy Project
This resource provides a through definition of media literacy and introduces students to beginning, intermediate, and advanced media literacy concepts. It serves as a great introductory tool to discussing pop culture through a more interconnected and meaningful lens.
“This is What Candy Crush Saga Does to Your Brain” by Dana Smith
This article provides a contemporary, recognizable (and, for many students, personally relevant) example of the type of cognitive processes outlined in the section on video games in Everything Bad is Good for You.
“8 Ways Tech has Completely Rewired Our Brains” by Rebecca Hiscott
This list-style article explores the concept of neuroplasticity with specific examples of how technology has changed the way human minds work–some good and some bad.
This video provides a optimistic, playful, and important perspective on pop culture that connects it to humanity’s shared moments of interaction. It offers a jumping off place to discuss why studying pop culture is worthwhile.
In this video, Marc Prensky defines his term “digital native” and explains why he thinks the concept is useful to education.
This fast-paced and fun PBS Digital video challenges the notion that “digital natives” exist and instead talks about digital literacy as a continuum of variable skills. Used in conjunction with the above video from Marc Prensky, these videos can provide the opening for a debate on generational divides and the role of technology in our lives.
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