The Newseum in Washington, DC has long been one of my favorite places to take students. The interactive museum, dedicated to media and journalism, now offers a Digital Classroom and you’ll want to add it to your go-to spaces for high quality, standards-based, document-driven instruction. Focused on historical inquiry, media literacy, critical thinking, document analysis, [...]
Our students are not the only ones struggling with verifying credibility. Journalists, especially those dealing with the crunch of deadlines and the flood of social media during a crisis, fall prey to hoaxes, phoney tweets and image fakery as well. Verification Handbook, a new, free ebook published by the European Journalism Centre, offers a series of [...]
Each year around this time, I reconnect with media literacy guru, Frank Baker (@fbaker) about his resources for thoughtfully examining the media messages surrounding those two, too-interesting-not-to-analyze big winter television events–the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl Yesterday, we had another chat. Although Frank is a strong supporter of our work, he believes that it is [...]
TeachWithMovies offers access to more than 350 lesson plans and learning guides for movies and films. I’ve long been a big fan of reading and studying movies. I’ve been a fan of this site’s rich curricular materials for many years. I just discovered that I do not need to re-subscribe. The site is now available for free (though it will [...]
Can creators in essence separate the “super” from the “hero” and still be said to be working with the same character?
“We can look at cosplay as a medium that assists other media, anime and manga, by targeting a certain audience segment related to fandom.”
“Young people are pretty savvy about marketing…They don’t consider something ‘bad’ or ‘annoying’ just because it’s marketing, the way many of us in the previous generation did.”
These posters’ apparently value-free aspect is perhaps what’s most worth exploring with young people…
Media literacy discussion points covering novel-to-film adaptations, marketing, genre, screen violence, and more.
More than just a craze, the interest in zombies points the way towards a new kind of literacy engagement.
The task for educators is not to drain this sense of open-ended exploration from student-fans but rather to make sure that it is accompanied by the Jiminy Cricket-like voice of critical literacy…
While some readers may view particular story elements as clichés, a fan might see them as enduring archetypes…
Together we looked for ‘cheese holes’, or spaces in the story that allow the audience to participate in, contribute further to, and augment the original story using their own intelligence and imagination.
Teenagers feel uncomfortable with the foreign setting, the emphasis on character and plot development. Yet, as students become engrossed in the story, they surrender to the “foreignness”…
Just in case you missed this gallery of reimagined posters for the Best Picture Oscar nominees when College Humor debuted it last month…
“I think it’s a tragedy that most of today’s textbooks completely ignore media and the important process of scriptwriting.”
“Yes: I think it is fair, appropriate and altogether fitting that we share our passion for media. I think a great question to ask anyone and to demand an answer to is: why are you a fan of __(fill in the blank)_?”
Young people need to understand the way that media texts position them—even with, or perhaps especially with, those texts whose content they are sympathetic to…
“We use cereal boxes which hang in the library to identify the different aspects used to sell to adults vs children…”
Why is the case so strenuously made for a potential Best Picture win for ‘Life of Pi’?