Renee Hobbs

  • Media Literacy Authority

Business professionals and community leaders get an overview of the trends now facing the education sector and appreciate how new ideas like digital and media literacy are changing what teaching and learning looks like in and out of the classroom. Parents appreciate the frank and candid perspective on the challenges and delights of raising children to be responsible and creative users of digital media. Educators come away from a session with Renee Hobbs with fresh, practical and engaging ideas to enliven their classrooms while deepening students' critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills by using mass media, digital media and popular culture. Students and all audiences appreciate how her expertise and knowledge combine with a playful and refreshingly non-academic style that is direct, accessible, inspiring and thought-provoking. 

 
  

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The Twelve Flavors of Digital Learning

All this talk about educational technology can be confusing, with the many different terms and terminologies like coding, blended learning, connected learning, digital citizenship, etc. Get an overview of the 12 different flavors of digital learning and discover the underlying values and ideology be ...

All this talk about educational technology can be confusing, with the many different terms and terminologies like coding, blended learning, connected learning, digital citizenship, etc. Get an overview of the 12 different flavors of digital learning and discover the underlying values and ideology behind each approach. Then decide for yourself which ones are best for your community. 

When Everybody's an Author

How should we be thinking about the rise of digital authorship? Is it a good thing or bad thing that everyone is creating and sharing media in print, visual, sound and digital forms? ...

 How should we be thinking about the rise of digital authorship? Is it a good thing or bad thing that everyone is creating and sharing media in print, visual, sound and digital forms?

Mind Over Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda

Propaganda isn't just what happened in 20th century Nazi Germany. Contemporary propaganda is all around us, and today we participate in its sharing through our use of social and mass media. What do we need to know about the new forms of contemporary propaganda? ...

Propaganda isn't just what happened in 20th century Nazi Germany. Contemporary propaganda is all around us, and today we participate in its sharing through our use of social and mass media. What do we need to know about the new forms of contemporary propaganda? 

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Biography

Author Renee Hobbs is one of the nation's leading authorities on digital and media literacy education. Hobbs loves all things media literacy. She knows that for children, young people and adults to be successful in the world outside the classroom, they need to be able critically analyze media and create it themselves. Renee Hobbs understands the way that digital media is changing the nature of childhood and adolescence. She has inspired a generation of educators with her optimistic vision about how to increase the relevance of education by making a connection to students' experience as both media consumers and creators. As Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Media Education Lab at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island, Hobbs has authored four books and published more than 100 scholarly and professional articles. She co-directs the Graduate Certificate Program in Digital Literacy, which is a professional program for K-12 educators, librarians and media professionals. Hobbs has created award-winning educational multimedia and curriculum resources and she has provided staff development programs on four continents.