Renee Hobbs

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Renee Hobbs & Rhys Daunic Keynote on Whole School Media Literacy.


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Rhys Daunic of The Media Spot gave a keynote address at the 2014 Summer Institute of Digital Literacy with his longtime media literacy mentor, Renee Hobbs. Their talk walked the crowd of K-16 educators and researchers through various definitions of digital literacy, and how those are at play in schools developing curricula infused with digital and media literacy across disciplines, then they lead everyone through a production activity. (more…)

Higher Ed Teaching, K-12 Curriculum Development

University of Rhode Island Summer Institute in Digital Literacy: “Best PD Ever!”


This past July I had the privilege of participating as a workshop facilitator in an amazing professional development (PD) experience at the URI Summer Institute in Digital Literacy in Providence. “70% of participants rated it the BEST professional development program they have ever experienced in their entire career!”*

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K-12 Curriculum Development

Essential Competencies of Digital and Media Literacy (ECDML)


Essential Competencies

  1. ACCESS: Finding and using media and technology tools skillfully and sharing appropriate and relevant information with others
  2. ANALYZE & EVALUATE: Comprehending messages and using critical thinking to analyze message quality, veracity, credibility, and point of view, while considering potential effects or consequences of messages
  3. CREATE: Composing or generating content using creativity and confidence in self-expression, with awareness of purpose, audience, and composition techniques
  4. REFLECT: Applying social responsibility and ethical principles to one’s own identity and lived experience, communication behavior and conduct
  5. ACT: Working individually and collaboratively to share knowledge and solve problems in the family, the workplace and the community, and participating as a member of a community at local, regional, national and international levels

“A Constellation of Life Skills”

Digital and Media Literacy Plan of Action defines digital and media literacy as a constellation of life skills that are necessary for full participation in our media-saturated, information-rich society. These include the ability to do the following:

  • Make responsible choices and access information by locating and sharing materials and comprehending information and ideas 
  • Analyze messages in a variety of forms by identifying the author, purpose and point of view, and evaluating the quality and credibility of the content 
  • Create content in a variety of forms, making use of language, images, sound, and new digital tools and technologies 
  • Reflect on one’s own conduct and communication behavior by applying social responsibility and ethical principles 
  • Take social action by working individually and collaboratively to share knowledge and solve problems in the family, workplace and community, and by participating as a member of a community.

K-12 Curriculum Development

The Media Spot listed on The Media Education Lab’s top 7


I was recently consulting The Media Education Lab’s website for ideas on how to explain the concept of Media Literacy and describe the field of Media Education to a group I was speaking to in Florida. I was delighted to find themediaspot.org listed as one of seven resources linked to from The Media Education Lab’s Key Resources page, where TMS is described as one of their “favorite youth media organizations”! (more…)

TMS Custom Resources

TMS produces video for The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education.


<--break->Since September of 2007 we have been contributing to the development of The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education (PDF).

Our most substantial contribution to the effort has been Media Literacy through Production-based Media Education, a video we produced to help frame the issues surrounding fair use in the context of elementary school video production.  (more…)