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"Prepare self-directed learners to think critically about the messages received and created by media.”

Meet Paula

Written By: Paula Neidlinger

“Prepare self-directed learners to think critically about the messages received and created by media.”

My Blog has a NEW LOOK!

After many years of teaching language arts and humanities, I am now the Mass Media teacher teacher, which ironically takes me full circle in my career.  Mass media is open to all 7th & 8th grade students at Lincoln Junior High in Plymouth, Indiana, which is a 1:1 school.   I have been a teacher and administrator in the Plymouth School Corporation throughout my educational career.

This is my professional blog.  My guiding principle, as reflected in this blog, is that students will develop critical thinking about the messages received and created by media, and therefore, develop media literacy skills in order to become more informed, reflective, and engaged participants in society

I write primarily on media literacy, collaboration, social media, technology, radio and television, and, on occasion, subjects that don’t necessarily fit precisely into one of these categories.

My goal is to create insightful, pertinent content that you can put to work in your classroom and professional life.  If you are an educator- and aspire to create a media literate-rich classroom or school environment- then this blog is for you.

I typically post 4-6 times a month.  To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.

My Top Posts

If you are new to my site, you might want to start by selecting my posts by category.  My four categories are:

Media Literacy-

Social Media-


Radio & Television-

You can also check my blog’s archive for a list of every post I have written or use the search function in the sidebar to find other posts that might be of interest.

My Biography

I began by working career in cable television after graduating from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, with a degree in Telecommunications.  After ten years in the media industry, I returned to Indiana University, at the South Bend, Indiana, campus, and graduated with a teaching certification in English- followed shortly after with a MS in Secondary Education and Elementary and Secondary Administration.

I have taught 6-8th grade language arts and humanities at Lincoln Junior High in Plymouth, since 1993.  Additionally, between 2000 -2006, I was the Principal at Jefferson Elementary in Plymouth.  I am currently the Mass Media teacher and adviser for LJH DigitalStorm.

I have self-published two books- 2006 and 2009 –

The Fifth Floor 

The Key to the Case

I am the past editor for the national magazine, GRIT, which is published quarterly.  Additionally, I have contributed blogs to the Plymouth School Corporation, and contributed as a guest blogger for the Indiana Department of Education’s  eLearning Blogs.

I have been married for thirty years to my husband, Michael.  We have one son, Nicholas, and one daughter, Alyson, and live in Plymouth, Indiana.  In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, traveling, shopping, and playing tennis and golf.  Additionally, I have been an active member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority,  a national women’s philanthropic organization, for thirty years.  I am a member of the First United Methodist Church in Plymouth, Indiana.

My Contact Information

You can contact me via my email at or Twitter.  Additionally, you can contact me using the form below.


My blog is built on WordPress 4.7 (self-hosted).  My theme is Fresh Ink Magazine, a simple, easy-to-use WordPress theme.  In terms of design, the body text font is Times New Roman.  The titles and subhead fonts are Gills Sans, Verdana, and Geneva.  My site is hosted by Hostgator.


This is my professional blog.  The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer, Plymouth School Corporation.  The information I provide is on an as-is basis.  I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses or damages from its use.




Paula has presented to hundreds of teachers at a variety of workshops on a number of topics related to educational technology, media, digital literacy instruction and more. She combines a conversational, engaging speaking style with an abundant amount of resources, leaving teachers equipped and inspired to move forward. If you’re interested in working with Paula or having her present at an event, contact her by email at


Comments from presentation participants:

1.  George Couros ‏@gcouros 31 Jul – @pneid you were awesome 🙂 Loved what you shared today and your enthusiasm for teaching and learning!
2.  Thank you so much for your presentation today at VU.  The resources you and Matt shared were excellent!
3.  Awesome presentation! Looking forward to using thinglink!
4.  Great Digital Tools 21st Cent Lang Students with Matt Miller and Paula
5.  Loved, loved, loved the workshop
6.  Loved and will use Conceptboard  #ICE13
7.  LOVE , will change my world, Thanks!!!!! #ICE13
8.  Thanks to @pneid for helping me make my existing blog better – and more relevant.
9.  @pneid leading digital portfolio session for #teamljh teachers.
10.  This session was great! It was so organized and full of great ideas. It makes me want to get started right away – inspiring and motivating! The ideas were so practical, and will foster great learning experiences for students that are real and authentic.

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