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5 Things You Can Do to Get Positive Political Results in a Soul-Numbing, Negative Media World (w/ links to tools & resources)

Feeling overwhelmed by political news, editorial rants and talking heads? Want to become politically active but not sure where to start?

In this latest article at my Worth Sharing site, I review some specific actions that anyone can all take to step out of the negative shadows and into the positive light.  It includes lots of tools, links to helpful resources and more!  Consider it a job aid and a self-study guide for the would-be activist!

Get your mind right, your facts straight… then get active!

Worth a Second Look: My 8 Favorite Posts from 2016

Image/link to my WORTH SHARING website's "8 Favorite Posts from 2016"

Check out the FREE INFOGRAPHICS, PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING MATERIALS, AND MUCH MORE from these 2016 posts!

New Blog Post & Video: “Clarisketch: Narrate & Annotate Pictures for Teaching or Team Collaboration”

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Other Voices: Important Blog Posts You May Have Missed

Every once in a while I come across a great blog post that leaves me saying, “I wish I had written that!”  Here are three recent examples that you might find enlightening! Enjoy!

Teaching with Evernote: A 6th and 8th Grade Science Teacher Shares His Top Tips

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Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn: Free Training & More

Topic: How to use Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
Format: Web-based introductory tutorials and more
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

Have you been avoiding any of these great free social media tools because you can’t figure out where to start? Or, worse, have you signed up for them and find yourself clicking around aimlessly, wondering how to use them to accomplish your goals? Then it’s about time you for you to become more systematic in your self-teaching approach and take advantage of some of the free online training and info available for these products.  In this post, we’ll briefly review some of these resources.

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Media Education for the 21st Century

Topic: Media education, internet culture, participatory culture, and what it all means for parents, educators, and trainers
Format: Downloadable 72-page PDF document (free registration required)
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

Ever get the feeling that those ‘net-savvy kids who are always texting each other, mousing around Facebook & MySpace, uploading videos, and otherwise acting like Star Trek’s interconnected Borg are somehow different from previous generations? Well, apparently they are! According to Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century: “… more than one-half of all teens have created media content, and roughly one third of teens who use the Internet have shared content they produced… [these] teens are actively involved in what we are calling participatory cultures.” So how do participatory cultures work? And what do they mean for parents, teens, educators, and employers? This somewhat theoretical, yet eye-opening, report identifies four forms of this participatory culture (Affiliations, Expressions, Collaborative Problem-solving, Circulations) and three concerns for parents, policy-makers, and educators (The Participation Gap, The Transparency Problem, The Ethics Challenge).
Media Education for the 21st Century

Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century is a fascinating research and strategy document put together by Henry Jenkins, Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT and the MacArthur Foundation and presented free by LatitudeU.

From the Executive Summary (bold added to help with scanning):

A participatory culture is a culture with relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations, and some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices. A participatory culture is also one in which members believe their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created). Forms of participatory culture include:
* Affiliations — memberships, formal and informal, in online communities centered
around various forms of media, such as Friendster, Facebook, message boards,
metagaming, game clans, or MySpace).
* Expressions — producing new creative forms, such as digital sampling, skinning and
modding, fan videomaking, fan fiction writing, zines, mash-ups).
* Collaborative Problem-solving — working together in teams, formal and informal,
to complete tasks and develop new knowledge (such as through Wikipedia, alternative
reality gaming, spoiling).
* Circulations — Shaping the flow of media (such as podcasting, blogging).”

Three concerns… suggest the need for policy and pedagogical interventions:
* The Participation Gap — the unequal access to the opportunities, experiences, skills, and knowledge that will prepare youth for full participation in the world of tomorrow.
* The Transparency Problem — The challenges young people face in learning to see clearly the ways that media shape perceptions of the world.
* The Ethics Challenge — The breakdown of traditional forms of professional training and socialization that might prepare young people for their increasingly public roles as media makers and community participants.”

A central goal of this report is to shift the focus of the conversation about the digital divide from questions of technological access to those of opportunities to participate and to develop the cultural competencies and social skills needed for full involvement.”

The remainder of this extensive document explores all of these areas and makes related policy recommendations.

This document is a “must read” for all parents, educators, and vocational-business training professionals.

URL – http://digitallearning.macfound.org/site/c.enJLKQNlFiG/b.2108773/apps/nl/content2.asp?content_id={CD911571-0240-4714-A93B-1D0C07C7B6C1}&notoc=1

Social Networking in Plain English

Topic: Introduction to social networking (Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn)
Format: Video
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

Ever wonder why everyone’s talking about Facebook, Myspace, or LinkedIn? These are examples of websites that support “social networking.” This clean little video will introduce you, in under 2 minutes, to social networking!

URL: http://www.commoncraft.com/video-social-networking