Saturday, July 26, 2014

Resource: Powerful Voices for Kids

POWERFUL VOICES FOR KIDS is a free online resource that helps teacher educators introduce digital and media literacy to teachers in the elementary grades. Watch videos of classroom practice, see samples of student work, get lesson plans, and discuss strategies that help children build literacy, language, critical thinking, creative and collaborative skills by exploring mass media, popular culture and digital media tools and technologies.
IDEAS for exploring digital and media literacy in elementary school include: 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ideas for Teaching With/About Film In A Common Core Environment

Here are some key ideas (written in a blog post by a participant in the Jacob Burns Film Center Summer Teacher Institute)  that can be applied in any classroom relating to teaching media literacy and film studies.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Close Reading of Advertising Promotes Critical Thinking

Advertising: it’s everywhere. As media literacy educators work to engage students in conversations about commercial marketing, we have to consider the close reading of print and video ads. Frank Baker provides starting points and resources for teachers.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Author: Teens should read graphic novels not just 'worthy' novels

“(this conference) is all about repositioning reading for teens. Books should also be celebrated for their enormous entertainment value – they don’t need to be worthy.”  (children’s laureate Malorie Blackman ) added she would advocated “anything” that encouraged young people to read, including graphic novels, or film and TV adaptations. (Source)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Deconstructing A News Magazine Cover (Visual Literacy)

Check out this recent cover from Newsweek Magazine. 

Having students identify the people portrayed, their clothes, and even the symbols might be productive.

Whether you're a fan of  HBO's series "Game of Thrones" or not, this might be good for student analysis, deconstruction and discussion.

Here is a simple handout I developed with questions you might consider using with students.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Close Reading & What It Means for Media Literacy

Close reading isn’t just for printed texts anymore. To help students meet Common Core standards related to close observation and effective questioning, media literacy consultant Frank Baker, writing on, suggests ways to engage them with a range of visual content.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Images & Words of WWII Featured in New WWII Exhibit

"The Power of Words and Images in a World at War" (an exhibit at the Grolier Club in New York City) focuses on the iconic posters, broadsides, books and periodicals that influenced millions in the six-year course of the last great worldwide conflict. The major themes of this conflict -- the antecedents of war, the rise of German nationalism, the Blitz, Pearl Harbor, the European and Pacific theaters, life on various home fronts – are illustrated by colorful and dramatic examples of the graphic and propaganda arts, drawn from the collection of The Museum of World War II in Boston, one of the most comprehensive in the world. See a slideshow and read a review of the exhibit in The New York Times.