January 17, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Scriptwriting, the ‘Languages of Film,’ and Media Literacy: Teaching the Oscars with Frank Baker

“I think it’s a tragedy that most of today’s textbooks completely ignore media and the important process of scriptwriting.”

The Oscars: Frank Baker Talks Critical Thinking, Movie Fandom, and the Common Core

“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)_?”

Giveaway: Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack of BULLY

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…

Media Literacy, Powerfully: A Model for School Librarian and Classroom Teacher Collaboration

“We use cereal boxes which hang in the library to identify the different aspects used to sell to adults vs children…”

For Your Consideration: ‘Life of Pi,’ the Oscars, and How to Persuade the Media

Why is the case so strenuously made for a potential Best Picture win for ‘Life of Pi’?

Comics Creation & Critical Thinking: From Doctor Who to Bitstrips

The limitations of most Comics Creation software are actually strengths when it comes to learning about media and enhancing critical thinking skills…

Four tools for determining web cred

Not all information tasks are the same.  And because sources that may be perfect for analyzing Hamlet’s motivation, may not be right for examining what’s happening now in Damascus or how far down we might fall from the fiscal cliff, learners need new credibility assessment strategies.
As teachers and librarians we are used […]

Four tools for determining web cred

Not all information tasks are the same.  And because sources that may be perfect for analyzing Hamlet’s motivation, may not be right for examining what’s happening now in Damascus or how far down we might fall from the fiscal cliff, learners need new credibility assessment strategies. As teachers and librarians we are used to discussing […]

As We Honor Veterans, a Film to Look Out For and Questions to Ask

Oral history, digital storytelling, critical evaluation of documentaries, fiction vs. non-fiction, and debunking stereotypes… Veterans Day offers all this and more.

Digital and Media Literacies at the NCTE Annual Convention

A handy list of all the NCTE session that are specifically sponsored by the Media and Digital Literacies Collaborative…

Book Giveaway: Totally MAD — 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity

Is this the media literacy book of the year? A case could definitely be made…

On Common Core | Content Over Coverage

One of the most common complaints about state or local curriculum standards is that they focus on covering a range of topics while sacrificing depth of understanding. Chances are you’ve heard your colleagues bemoan that these standards are “a mile long and an inch deep.” Are the Common Core State Standards any different?