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Media Literacy in the 21st Century: WGBH Teachers’ Domain

All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions This Web Seminar, developed in collaboration with the National Science Digital Library, took place on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. In this program, presenters Daniella Quiñones and Rusty Low discussed the resources available in the WGBH Teachers Domain and reliable source criteria.

Daniella Quiñones, Marketing Coordinator for WGBH Teachers’ Domain introduced factors in assessing the validity and quality of resources based on criteria of authorship, publishing body, verifiability, resource provider point of view, timeliness, and currency. Dr. Rusty Low, Senior Research Associate, University of Colorado, CCB, INSTAAR provided examples of various online resources examining them under these criteria to determine if these resources were from reliable sources. Participants then learned about resources and professional development opportunities through WBGH Teachers’ Domain and explored Teachers’ Domain materials in the context of assessing their validity.

Fifty-Five (55) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters, the NSDL moderator, and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas. One participant attended the program from the United Kingdom. Participants received a certificate of participation and a one-year subscription to an NSTA SciGuide for attending the program and completing the evaluation form.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “More and more, students and teachers use Internet resources to quickly find relevant information. The seminar not only reviewed how to evaluate a web site, but gave a quick overview of Teachers' Domain, a terrific teaching and resource tool for teachers.”

  • "I'm very interested in teaching and learning about media literacy. I know students need assistance with media literacy as well as many teachers."

  • “Gave me insight into having my students use reputable web sites/resources for their/my investigations.”

  • “I use teacher domain a good deal and now have more about it. Also, we have been considering source verification, etc. and that was very enlightening.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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