The anticipation is killing me, as David Cooper Moore and myself are moving into last-minute countdown mode for the release of our new book, Discovering Media Literacy: Teaching Digital Media and Popular Culture in Elementary School (Corwin/Sage, 2013) and the companion website, Powerful Voices for Kids. We are scheduled to release it at the National Association for Media Literacy Education conference, July 12 – 13, 2013.

I hope you’ll watch my recent speech which I offered to the Youth 2.0 conference at the University of Antwerp, I got a chance to preview some of the ideas in the book and show some of the videos that will be featured on the PVK website. So many talented media literacy educators were part of this process! At the conference, I really enjoyed the chance to share what we learned, respond to questions, and hear people’s responses to the ideas we’re developing in the book.

Our new book helps educators and scholars understand both the amazing opportunities and the complex challenges of implementing media literacy with children ages 5 – 11, and the online community we’re creating will enable elementary educators, scholars and practitioners to share resources, including lesson plans, video documentation of practice, student work samples and more. I created a screencast with embedded videos to capture my keynote address. I welcome your feedback, questions and responses to the ideas developed in this talk.

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