as schools become suffused with ed-tech, is the only response to constant surveillance the right to remain silent?

The growing prevalence of ed-tech in schools has prompted concerns over the ability of students (and parents) to develop informed decisions towards how, why, when and who uses school data. As technologies increasingly make record of students’ every word and move, in a post for the London School of Economics and Political Science Impact Blog, I … Continue reading

transmedia literacy conference – growing research evidence on the good stuff

The Transmedia Literacy International Conference in Barcelona held between 22-24 March 2018, highlighted the rich and diverse skills youth (can) acquire, experience and practise when they engage with digital media. During the afternoon workshop sessions researchers from Latin America, Europe and Australia demonstrated evidence of the various opportunities and benefits young people gain when they … Continue reading

the trouble with media education in primary schools

Information and communication technology (ICT) lessons for primary schools, in Malta at least, must change. If there is even an inkling that primary school syllabi across the world aim to teach children how to retrieve files from CD-ROMS, how to work Word and Excel and make PowerPoints, practise technical skills using ready-made examples, this article … Continue reading

from risk to resilience

Research has identified a number of ways parents resort to mediate their children’s digital media use. This post presents a summary of these common approaches – some more liberal than others – to allow readers of this blog, some of you parents, to compare, perhaps re-think your own ways. This post also aims to invite … Continue reading

prioritize, socialize, make, take a break

Here is a table to clock in personal digital media use when children are around. Or not. Prioritize (but really!) Make a list of the things you need/want/must do. Review and modify weekly/monthly. Research shows that writing down tasks helps you achieve them. Keep the list/table flexible depending on your work schedule, life circumstances, personal … Continue reading