Media Literacy

Media literacy – the ability to critically consume and create media – is an essential skill in today’s world. Media literacy education seeks to give kids and adults greater freedom by empowering them to access, analyze, evaluate and produce media.

Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages we receive from television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, signs, packaging, marketing materials, video games, recorded music, the Internet and other forms of media. They can understand not only the surface content of media messages (the “text”) but also the more important meanings (the “subtext”) hidden beneath the surface. People who are media literate can also create their own media, becoming active participants in our media culture.

New Mexico Media Literacy Project

OurCampus’s outrageous Terms and Conditions.

January 23, 2020
OurCampus’s outrageous Terms and Conditions.

From Jim Metrock: I actually read this long document.  Principals won’t read this. They won’t think it’s worth their time. They care about their students but not enough to even skim this massive collection of words. School board members won’t read it either. Teachers? No, they are too busy. Parents? No, they don’t even...
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Edmodo’s NexxGen News stumbles into 2020

January 1, 2020
Edmodo’s NexxGen News stumbles into 2020

There have been no news stories about NexxGen News signing up schools for its kiddie marketing plan. Neither Edmodo or NexxGen News have posted any episodes of NexxGen News since early 2019. Obligation will report on any episodes of the controversial school TV show if they are published.  It is looking like this Channel...
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Tones [sic] of problems for NexxGen News.

September 12, 2019
Tones [sic] of problems for NexxGen News.

From Jim Metrock: Some people are good spellers and some, like me, are not. It appears that NexxGen News employees also have trouble with spelling. Take a look at an NGN Facebook post from this week. “Tones” surely means “tons,” a mistake anybody can make. What is troubling is another spelling mistake that is...
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Edmodo’s sponsored content brings controversy.

September 3, 2019
Edmodo’s sponsored content brings controversy.

From Jim Metrock: I copied the content below from Edmodo’s support page so we can document any changes to their advertising policy. Hopefully, the public will become more familiar with Edmodo’s advertising policy this coming school year.  I feel few have been paying attention to Edmodo.   Earlier this year, Edmodo got on Obligation’s...
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How could Edmodo make these mistakes? (2018 EdSurge article)

August 12, 2019
How could Edmodo make these mistakes? (2018 EdSurge article)

Drinking, Smoking and Sugar: How Unsavory Ads Wound Up on Edmodo By Emily Tate     Oct 8, 2018 Beth Freeman logs in to her son’s Edmodo account from time to time to check on his homework assignments. Over the last year, she’s noticed ads peppered throughout the communications app, which is used by...
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No video from NexxGen News since June 10

August 5, 2019
No video from NexxGen News since June 10

The new Channel One-like NexxGen News appears to be inactive over the summer. No post from the company has been published since June 10. We have no idea what the plans are for this classroom, marketing program. Efforts to meet with NexxGen News and Gen Media Partners executives have been unsuccessful. Stay tune to...
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Introducing NexxGen News or Channel One News 2.0 (2 point Oh No)

July 29, 2019
Introducing NexxGen News or Channel One News 2.0 (2 point Oh No)

      From Jim Metrock: Just over a year ago, the controversial, hyper-commercialized, in-school TV show called Channel One News went out of business. Few schools were watching Channel One when they called it quits so few were sorry to see it go. Unfortunately for kids, a few Channel One employees decided they...
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Edmodo privacy policy

July 28, 2019
Edmodo privacy policy

  PRIVACY POLICY   Effective date: Dec 20, 2018 We at Edmodo, Inc. (“Edmodo”) know that you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and we take your privacy seriously. By accessing or using the Services (including without limitation the mobile version of the edmodo.com website (the “Mobile Site”) and the...
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Keith Kocinski lands on his feet… sorta.

April 15, 2019
Keith Kocinski lands on his feet… sorta.

From Jim Metrock: I warned him, but he didn’t listen. He stayed too long at Channel One, and as a result his career has taken a…  disappointing turn. For years Keith Kocinski pretended to be a reporter on Channel One News. Today he is a real game show host. He is a host of a...
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Who’s going to pick up this trash?

March 22, 2019
Who’s going to pick up this trash?

From Jim Metrock:  Channel One has declared they are going out of business, that’s all well and good, but… there’s some yucky, unfinished business that must be talked about. The TV sets. The satellite dishes. The headend units. The old VCRs that might still be in schools. Schools can’t just dump this equipment in...
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