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Interview with Professor Doug Kellner

May 28, 2010

Doug Kellner is a Professor of Philosophy  in the Division of Social Sciences & Comparative Education Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA at UCLA  believes that media literacy should be taught widely in schools to assist young people to really engage with the media saturated world they now live in and shapes so many of their perceptions about the world. He writes in his "Philosophical Adventures" (full text locatable on his highly informative website)  that "During my several years of service at UCLA as George F. Kneller Chair in the  Philosophy of Education, I have focused on researching the relevance of new technologies to  education, politics, and everyday life, as well as continuing work in philosophy, social theory, and cultural studies. I have published an article on new technologies and new literacies in Educational Theory, several articles on multimedia and new forms of textuality in various books  and journals, and a series of articles on the Internet and politics. A Blackwell reader Media and Cultural Studies: KeyWorks, co-edited with Gigi Durham (2001), contributes to my work in cultural studies while my work on alternative media continues with a biographical introduction and collection of writings, Art and Politics: An Emile de Antonio Reader, co-edited with Dan Streible (2000)." The conversation lasts for 32 minutes and focuses some of the following topics:

1. Why media literacy is so important to teach at all levels of education today.

2. Examples of the ways in which teachers can use media to engage their students more deeply in subject matter knowledge as well as how it can assist in the development of critical thinking skills.

3. The relationship of media literacy to understanding globalization

Interview with Scott McLeod

May 16, 2010

Scott McLeod is an innovative and refreshing new voice in education.  Not satisfied as  Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Educational Administration program at Iowa State University and Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), to just publish his thoughts in  sparsely read journals -he has used his considerable technical savvy to develop a very well read blog dangerouslyirrelevant.org and co-created the "viral" video, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). Scott  has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association.

In this 40 minute podcast--we talked about a vast range of topics such as how he got started,  why his blog has continued to be so successful, his thoughts on why schools need to change now, assessment, why professional development and the academy resist change and what he is reading. Scott was so articulate and candid that you may not notice the minutes flying by and like me want more from this highly engaged and informed catalyst for 21st century change.

Coming Soon Scott McLeod and Doug Kellner

May 13, 2010

I recently had the pleasure of two conversations one with Doug Kellner, Chair of  the Professor of Philosophy of Education Department at UCLA and the other with Scott McLeod "Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation's only center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and  co-creator of the very popular video, Did You Know? (Shift Happens) and the author of a very well followed website--Dangerously Irrelevant.

" Both individuals are big thinkers and have lots of interesting ideas to add to our continuing conversation concerning what is term called "21st century Learning Skills"?

1. Doug Kellner's argument as to why media literacy is so critical for todays' students is compelling. He gives some terrific examples of how any teacher can and should incorporate some of the contemporary news stories into their classroom discussions and why we must help this generation of students to engage critically with the world.

2. Scott McLeod made several points about the challenge of professional development and leadership in ensuring that schools are really helping students to think critically and use technology effectively.

Both podcasts will be uploaded shortly...

Spring Line Up for New Forum for Global Thinking About to Be Announced

April 9, 2010

Welcome to GlobalThinking.  This is a forum for global thinkers to talk about how to create more effective educational approaches appropriate for our 21st century global environment.  We will be talking in these shows with thought leaders who have ideas to share about how we can make a difference.  It will be a forum to explore cutting edge ideas, innovative approaches and thought provoking concepts.  I look forward to welcoming our listeners to our shortly to be announced spring line up!