Perspectives on current issues in teaching and learning. Hosted through the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. Bi-weekly episodes.

We live in a culture saturated by media and technology. Living in that culture, it becomes imperative to learn to how to critically examine various media and technologies to decide which is proper and useful for each individual. It’s imperative that children learn this skill quickly before they become overrun.

In this week’s episode of Down the Hall, Dave interviews Dr. Stuart Poyntz, Assistant Professor in the School of Communications at Simon Fraser University. Stuart talks about the importance of media literacy in children and how to integrate critical media literacy into their lives at a young age. He also talks about the interaction between youth and technology and what they need to learn in order to be able to discern what’s important for them and what’s not. Stuart will be addressing these subjects in his portion of the Recurring Questions of Technology summer institute being held here at UBC July 9-13.

In addition to Stuart’s interview, we welcome Fiona Czeschel to Down the Hall! Fiona is one of EPLT’s Senior Program Assistants for MED Off-Campus Cohort programs.

The most important thing in the episode, at least as far as the podcast itself goes, is that we’re changing our theme music! We’ve decided that it’s time for a change, and we want to let you help us decide. During the episode, you’ll hear each host’s choice. After you’ve heard them all, we want your vote.

If you need a refresher, you can check out all three on the EPLT blog. After listening, just click on the “Vote Now” link underneath the music and you’ll be taken to our handy voting page.

We’d love your feedback on anything. Email us at

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Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please go to our blog page.

Down the Hall - Episode 34 (27:59)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction

04:54 | Interview – Youth, Technology, and Media Literacy

Interview with Dr. Stuart Poyntz

23:52 | What’s Happening in EPLT?

To access all links mentioned in this episode, please go to our blog page.


Our theme  music | “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Theme music ideas

Selection 1 | “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent

Selection 2 | “Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club

Selection 3 | “Microinfinity” by Birds of Avalon

Direct download: DTH_-_Ep_34_-_Final.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 12:11pm PDT

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