Belinha S. De Abreu, Ph.D., is a global media literacy educator. She served as an International Expert to the Forum on Media & Information Literacy for UNESCO's Communication & Information Section. Her research interests include media and information literacy education, educational technology, global perspectives, critical thinking, privacy & big data, young adults, and teacher training. Dr. De Abreu serves as the Vice President for the National Telemedia Council (NTC), and is the founder of the International Media Literacy Research Symposium which has been held in the USA and Portugal.
Dr. De Abreu’s work has been featured in Cable in the Classroom, Civic Media Project, and various other publications. She is the author of Teaching Media Literacy (ALA: Neal-Schuman, 2019), Mobile Learning through Digital Media Literacy (Peter Lang, 2017), author/co-editor of the International Handbook of Media Literacy Education (Routledge, 2017), Global Media Literacy in a Digital Age (Peter Lang, 2016), Media Literacy Education in Action: Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives (Routledge, 2014), and the author of Media Literacy, Social Networking and the Web 2.0 World for the K–12 Educator (Peter Lang, 2011).
Ryan Farrington is Dr. De Abreu's assistant and also is a former student of, and Graduate Assistant to, her.
A graduate of the Educational Technology program at Fairfield University, Ryan will soon be joining Sandy Spring Friends School in Maryland in the role of Inquiry Guide. Ryan has served as Director of both Media Services and Educational Technology at a large community college in Connecticut, and previously taught PreK through 8th grade library and technology skills, high school English, undergraduate courses in computer skills, and graduate level courses in Educational Technology and Media Literacy.