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The JUST education section explores media literacy and education as they relate to the needs of learners attempting to interpret, react to, and affect change for their own personal development as well as for the  benefit of their respective cultures and communities.

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Test Your Media Literacy IQ

Common Language Project (CLP)

The new digital landscape has increased media consumption around the globe. However, the culture of information we live in has also increased inaccuracies and misconceptions in the media. With the freedomthe web provides, information comes from a wide range of sources -- often unverified or posted without accountability. This new media environment lead us to look for some of the most underreported or misunderstood of the moment. Take the quiz to test your digital literacy. Read more...



The Flipped Classroom

Bob Lasiewicz, Crossroads of Learning
February, 2012

The traditional classroom lecture approach to education has been “flipped” by a new generation of instructors who have decided to pre-deliver lectures online and use the classroom to engage the students afterwards in various “learning activities.”

Some credit the origin of this method with teachers Jonathan Bergman and Aaron Sams at Woodland Park High School. In 2007 they began recording powerpoint and making available Powerpoint presentations of their lectures for students who had missed the original class presentations of the material. They appreciated it, but so did students who had attended the class, using the online material to review and reinforce classroom lessons. Out of this grew the “Flipped Classroom” concept.

The key notion is to use teacher-made videos and interactive lesson to provide the basic instruction that is traditionally done in the classroom and to have it accessed in advance of class. The classroom then can be used to dig into problems, concepts and engage in group learning. This gives teachers the chance to work individually with struggling students and advanced students can work more independently. Many teachers also find the creation of short videos and online exercises forces them to better structure their instruction and delivery.

Simultaneously, a new resource has emerged for teachers. The Khan Academy is an online repository of thousands of instructional videos funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Google.

This use of digital media and distribution is surely bound to spread, providing greater resources to the general education community.


How a Flipped Classroom Actually works

Jeff Dunn
Edudemic, December 20, 2011 

What happens when the students have more control in the classroom? Flipped classrooms are being tested out around the world and we’ve featured a few examples in case you wanted to see who is flippin’ out. Until now, we didn’t have an in-depth look at the effects of a flipped classroom or answers to the big questions it raises. Read more...


The Flipped Classroom Infographic

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YouTube: The Flipped Classroom - Interview with Sams and Bergman


How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education

Clive Thompson, July 15th, 2011

"Khan's site has become extremely popular. More than 2 million users watch his videos every month, and all told they answer about 15 questions per second. Khan is clearly helping students master difficult and vital subjects. And he’s not alone: From TED talks to iTunes U to Bill Hammack the Engineer Guy, new online educational tools are bringing the ethos of Silicon Valley to education. The role these sites can (or should) play in our nation’s schools is unclear." Read more...


Katie Gimbar's Flipped Classroom - Why It Has To Be Me!


Should Information be Free?

Richard W. Kroon
February, 2012

The recent furor over SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT Intellectual Property Act) brings attention to the issue of free access to information on the Internet. PIPA was introduced in the US Senate on May 12, 2011, followed by SOPA in the House on October 26, 2011. Both bills faced popular opposition, culminating in a series of Internet protests on January 18, 2012, and are now on hold. If passed, these bills would significantly expand the Internet enforcement provisions of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998), which some feel are already too strict.

This all falls under Congress’ charge, “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries,” as per Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the US Constitution. From this come copyright, trademark, and patent laws. The US used to lag in its IP protections, but in recent years has caught up with and is now attempting to surpass the rest of the world in the protections offered IP owners.

The slogan, “Information wants to be free,” favored by those who oppose IP restrictions, means that IP should be readily available without cost to all who want it. On the other hand, those who make their living creating and distributing IP, ranging from motion pictures to designer handbags, argue that without commercial incentives, there will not be any information to set free.


Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)

The Center for Democracy and Technology is a non-profit public interest organization working to keep the Internet open, innovative, and free. As a civil liberties group with expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT works to enhance free expression and privacy in communications technologies by finding practical and innovative solutions to public policy challenges while protecting civil liberties. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media. Read more...


The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 — well before the Internet was on most people's radar — and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights. Read more...


The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)

The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), together with the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and MPAA's other subsidiaries and affiliates, serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries in the United States and around the world. MPAA's members are the six major U.S. motion picture studios: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. We are a proud champion of intellectual property rights, free and fair trade, innovative consumer choices, freedom of expression and the enduring power of movies to enrich and enhance people's lives. Read more...


The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.
In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. Read more...

List of Those Expressing Concern With SOPA & PIPA

This list of companies, organizations, and notable individuals is now over 1,000 strong. Share this page and show our strength.
  • Companies, Online Services, and Websites
  • Public Interest, Nonprofits, Advocacy, and Think Tanks
  • Cybersecurity, Internet Inventors, and Engineers
  • Editorial Boards, Op-Eds, and Bloggers
  • Student Newspaper Editorials and Op-Eds
  • International Human Rights Advocates
  • Industry Groups and Unions
  • Founders, CEOs, Executives, Entrepreneurs, Independent Businesspeople, and Venture Capitalists
  • Academics and Experts
  • Educators
  • Other Professionals



Unintended Consequences: Twelve Years under the DMCA

EFF White Paper

Since they were enacted in 1998, the "anti-circumvention" provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), codified in section 1201 of the Copyright Act, have not been used as Congress envisioned. Congress meant to stop copyright infringers from defeating anti-piracy protections added to copyrighted works and to ban the "black box" devices intended for that purpose.

In practice, the anti-circumvention provisions have been used to stifle a wide array of legitimate activities, rather than to stop copyright infringement. As a result, the DMCA has developed into a serious threat to several important public policy priorities. Read more...


Digital Debate in the Classroom

Daniel Weisberg, Innovations for Learning
December, 2011 

Paul Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University with 12 books to his credit, was quoted in an ongoing New York Times “digital classroom” series:

 “…a spare approach to technology in the classroom will always benefit learning.  Teaching is a human experience; Technology is a distraction when we need literacy, numeracy and critical thinking.”

The reality is that most public schools in low income cities and neighborhoods lack the resources, budgets and manageable class sizes, to provide the type of high quality one-to-one teacher interaction which may allow high tax base schools to say “no thanks” to educational technology.  

Where teacher/student ratios are disproportionately high, educational technology has an important place - even in early grades.  Well-designed educational tools allow for much better individualization, and new material can be presented by combinations of handheld devices, MP3s and books, and PCs - all allowing students to progress at their own rate. Teachers can spend at least part of the school day roaming the classroom focusing on kids who need extra attention.

There are new hybrid instruction modalities which combine human interaction and technology.  Online tutoring is a low-cost one-to-one approach, and can reach kids in urban schools who often lack support at home. Corporate employees can serve as volunteer literacy tutors without ever leaving their desks. JPMorgan Chase, UPS, comScore, Morningstar, Nielsen, Paul Hastings LLC are examples of a growing list of organizations whose employees carve thirty minutes per week to tutor kids in literacy in schools located many miles away. 

"Online tutors” use a web-based platform which allows them to connect to a specific child in a first or second grade classroom for a guided tutoring session during the school day.  There is a minimal impact on the employee work week, little or no cost to the employer. Most importantly, kids are reading better at a “make-or-break” age, so they can establish an essential level of self-confidence about their ability to succeed in school.  


The Frontier of Classroom Technology  

Room for Debate
New York Times, January 3, 2012 

Lately educators are bringing social networks, interactive whiteboards, mobile devices and other technology into the classroom, with mixed results. Do these technologies benefit students? What are the downsides? Read more...


Idaho Teachers Fight a Reliance on Computers

Matt Richtel
New York Times, January 3, 2012

POST FALLS, Idaho — Ann Rosenbaum, a former military police officer in the Marines, does not shrink from a fight, having even survived a close encounter with a car bomb in Iraq. Her latest conflict is quite different: she is now a high school teacher, and she and many of her peers in Idaho are resisting a statewide plan that dictates how computers should be used in classrooms. Read more...


This New App Turns Your iPad Into Your Classroom, December 22, 2012

Thanks to the popularity of the Khan Academy's simple video lessons, millions of people around the globe have learned everything from how to simplify fractions to how to understand a credit default swap. But what if students had the ability to pick from thousands of Khan Academy-style videos taught by a wide range of teachers? That's the goal of the new Educreations Interactive Whiteboard, a free app that gives everyone the ability to create video tutorials, share what they know, and learn what they don't? Read more...


Open (Access) Sesame

Bob Lasiewicz
November, 2011 

Academic researchers have traditionally published papers in peer-reviewed journals. The cost of accessing these journals via subscriptions has made it difficult for many to utilize the results. “Open Access” is a movement attempting to remedy this situation so that there will be equity of access, thus democratizing scholarship.

The Budapest Open Access Initiative defines Open Access:

"By 'open access' to this literature we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself."

There are three primary ways Open Access to journal articles can be provided: Through departmental websites, in a repository, or in an Open Access journal. The repositories and journals provide the easiest accessibility.

Some top tier universities are implementing policies that prevent researchers from giving away their copyright to subscription based journals. In addition, research showing Open Access research articles are cited much more frequently and have greater economic impact are fueling the Open Access movement. Open Access repositories are expanding and universities like Duke are providing new services to help faculty directly create open access scholarly journals.

One of the biggest winners in the Open Access movement are researchers in the developing world. The internet bromide “Information wants to be free” is aided and abetted by the infrastructure this new movement creates.


Princeton Goes Open Access to Stop Staff Handing All Copyright to Journals – Unless Waiver Granted

The Conversation, September 29, 2011

Prestigious US academic institution Princeton University will prevent researchers from giving the copyright of scholarly articles to journal publishers, except in certain cases where a waiver may be granted.

The new rule is part of an Open Access policy aimed at broadening the reach of their scholarly work and encouraging publishers to adjust standard contracts that commonly require exclusive copyright as a condition of publication. Read more...