NAMLE is pleased to share video remarks, directed toward youth, from the Office of the US Secretary of State:
What an affirmation for each of us that our work promoting media literacy education is important and that NAMLE’s vision, mission and strategies are recognizably aligned to the evolving visions and policies of the US Department of State.
Upon appointment as Secretary of State took steps recognizing that we live in a networked society—an Evolving Cybercivilization. Secretary Clinton established a position in her Senior Cabinet entitled Senior Advisor for Innovation. She immediately hired technology guru Alec Ross as her Senior Advisor Since being hired, Alec and Secretary Clinton have been committed to designing ways of harnessing technology and social networking as tools of statecraft.
While demands of travel and policy commitments related to fostering the Internet Freedom Policy Agenda prevented Alec from physically attending the 2011 NAMLE Conference in Philadelphia, we are grateful he carved out time to craft video greetings for NAMLE attendees to share with students.
You will note his emphasis on Internet Freedom Policy to ensure peoples in America and across the globe are provided opportunity to freely access and to connect using the Internet; If democracy is to be fostered and sustained , that access and ability for citizens to participate in civic activities is critical.
Alec also acknowledges the important role of educators and programs, like the State Department sponsored Global Connections and Exchange Africa program and the Media Makers that cultivate our NetGeneration of Youth as media literate leaders shaping the Future!!
We hope these remarks inspire you and provide you with evidence that your work is significant. Thanks to the NAMLE President, Sherri Hope Culver, and Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein (Founder of Global Net Generation of Youth), who secured the participation of Office of US Secretary of State.
About Rhys Daunic: Rhys is a member of the NAMLE board of directors currently serving the Executive Committee as Secretary, and is chair of the Communications Committee. He is a Brooklyn based educator and consultant who integrates media literacy education into a variety of learning environments around the country. He is co-founder and director of The Media Spot, where he specializes in working with organizations, educators and students to design and implement curricula that align media literacy concepts with learning goals through 21st century forms of communication.
Rhys also works with schools and non-profits to create and maintain customized online learning networks, sharing all teaching resources, production notes, articles, tutorials, and archived student productions with the educational community through themediaspot.org.
Additionally, Rhys provides workshops and embedded professional development to K-12 schools throughout New York City as an educational technology consultant with Digital School Solutions (DSS). View author profile.
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