Beyond Pencils

Humble Media Genius, Keeping Kids Safe

November 24, 2015
If you saw my earlier Smarter Schools post you’ll maybe recall that I’m a writer and producer at WGBH in Boston. We have a new project for kids to help them navigate their always-connected world. You can find some background here or the actual project here, in the shape of an animated dog, Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius. My current focus has been around safety and privacy. As part of our production pipeline, this is the topic we have been trying to address in a new animation. We’ve also been exploring Search, Texting, Screen Time, Photography and even Distracted Driving. We turned to...

Applied Media Literacy for Kids (Part 1)

September 23, 2015
I'm a photographer of sorts. I've been a semi-professional – from theater to travel to weddings. These days my photography is less formal. Like many of us, I pick up my phone to take pictures to capture a chance moment. I firmly believe that the camera is a fabulous way to get kids involved with the world, and they can do so by using a piece of technology they have (almost constantly) at their fingertips.  As a father of a teenager and an ex-teenager, I have diligently enabled such activities by buying cameras, phones and data plans. But I am also a longtime Senior Executive Producer at...