Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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Monday, November 28, 2011
Interviews with Scorsese are featured in the current issue of Fast Company magazine and The Hollywood Reporter.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Recent issues of The Hollywood Reporter (October 14, November 11) may also be useful. Choosing the wardrobe for the main characters in "The Ides of March," is covered in a full page spread in the October issue; while the make-up to transform Leonardo DiCaprio in "J Edgar" is featured in the November issue. The makeup is also a feature in the November 11th issue of Entertainment Weekly. A sidebar references other films (Citizen Kane; Back To The Future; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) in which the main characters age.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The title is: Engaging The Eye Generation: Visual & Media Literacy for the 21st Century
Webinar description: Join nationally recognized media educator/teacher trainer Frank W. Baker (author of the new ISTE text "Media Literacy In The K-12 Classroom") for this engaging and interactive webinar. Frank promises to provide a multitude of ideas for engaging 21st century learners in both critical thinking and critical viewing. You will be left with many ideas, lesson plans and resources for incorporating media literacy education into the classroom.
Registration is now open; I look forward to "seeing" you online.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
This new series opens with a look at the four-decade friendship and working relationship between filmmaker Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams, one of the most prolific and influential artistic collaborations in film history.
Woody Allen: A Documentary (American Masters/PBS) November 20-21 (two parts) 9pm ET (both nights)
Sunday, November 6, 2011
You may be aware that every three years, the U.S. Copyright Office enables users who believe that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) limits their fair use rights to use copyrighted material for socially beneficial purposes to apply for an exemption. In order to prepare a comment for consideration on behalf of educators and students, we seek your opinions and experiences. Please take five minutes to complete this survey.
Educational Use of Copyrighted Movies and Videos
Your opinions are important! Thanks for helping to advance the legal interests of educators and students who are eager to use copyrighted materials for teaching and learning.
Temple University, Media Education Lab
Monday, October 24, 2011
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Sunday, October 2, 2011
- many consider the looks of a website rather than the caliber of the content
- few young people are being taught info literacy skills
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
For more information, visit: http://www.goodworkproject.org/practice/our-space/
Monday, September 19, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Since visual literacy is part of many state's art standards, this series will certainly be a valuable resource in support of those standards, as well as the existing ELA standards for non-print texts.
The title I have just reviewed is: "Migrant Mother: How A Photograph Defined the Great Depression." The publisher is CompassPointBooks (a Capstone imprint) The series homepage is: http://www.capstonepub.com/product/9780756543990
The other titles in this series are:
Birmingham 1963 How A Photograph Rallied Civil Rights Support
Man On The Moon How A Photograph Made Anything Possible
Raising the Flag: How A Photograph Gave A Nation Hope in Wartime
If I could author another book in this series it might be entitled:
The Oil Stained Pelican How A Photograph Raised Awareness of the Gulf Oil Spill.
Frank W. Baker
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
July 5 Early Images
July 7 Arabs as Villans
July 12 Epics
July 14 Arabs as A Subject of Ridicule
July 19 Arab Maidens
July 21 Arabs as Sheiks
July 26 Even Handed Potrayals
July 28 Images from Outside Hollywood
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
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Monday, May 30, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
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Monday, May 9, 2011
The winning teacher will receive a $2,000 check underwritten by the Beck Foundation. And the check will be awarded in time to use for reimbursement to attend the November NCTE Chicago conference where the award will be presented! The deadline to apply is June 30. Award details as well as the application procedure can be found here:http://www.ncte.org/volunteer/groups/mediacomm/medialitaward
To see the previous year's recipients, click on this linkhttp://www.frankwbaker.com/ncte_assembly_of_media_literacy_award
As usual, thanks, in advance, for helping NCTE get the word out.
Frank W Baker
member, Media And Digital Literacies Collaborative
Friday, May 6, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Digital media content and tools provide educators and students with tremendous opportunities to be media creators as well as media consumers. How do you help your students understand the ethics and etiquette of this landscape? How savvy are you about integrating media production projects into your work with students? We've gathered a range of resources and references on these topics and more to help you foster digital media literacy in your classroom. Check out these two new areas of the PBS Teachers site: Digital Media Literacy http://www.pbs.org/teachers/digital-media-literacy/
and Project VoiceScape http://www.pbs.org/teachers/project-voicescape/
Monday, May 2, 2011
Since we all get our information from "the news," this recommendation might be useful.
A timely and interesting news and media literacy activity would be to have students compare and contrast the front pages of their local newspaper (or news web site) with others.
- examine the headlines, font sizes, layout and photos
- list the sources quoted in the story or stories
- compare a US paper/website with one from Canada, Europe, Asia, S. America, etc.
The Newseum (in Washington DC) features a daily display inside their museum and online of newspapers, so today's papers are getting a lot of attention.
This compare and contrast could also be conducted using news organization's web sites.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
- The World is Watching: The Media and the Freedom Riders (starting on page 17 of the teacher guide)
- Issues: The Media (which provides additional background as well as streaming clips)
Other related resources:
-Ray Arsenault's book "Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice” (2006)
-Teaching Visual Literacy Through Civil Rights Photography (a web page describing a workshop I conducted for social studies teachers--it also includes additional resources and reading suggestions)
-Time of Change, Bruce Davidson, Civil Rights Photos 1961-1965 (exhibit)
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Cover Girl has players joining a fictional "ethics-less" media publisher called Glossip Publications, where they're asked to airbrush and manipulate celebrity photographs to push whatever questionable agendas the editors have in mind.
Players are taken through a series of minigames with each image, toying around with simplified version of photo editing tools to get the desired effect -- slimming arms/thighs/stomachs, removing wrinkles under eyes, increasing someone's bust size, etc.
Not all of Cover Girl's minigames involve making a star look better, though -- in one job, users are asked to touch up an image just enough to make a promiscuous celebrity look pregnant, though not so much that the magazine will be sued. Yeah, it's a pretty despicable job!
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The Digital Classroom utilizes 12 of the most popular videos (and accompanying resources) from the museum..The videos and resources are designed to bring news literacy, journalism and history to students.
The URL is www.newseum.org/digital-classroom
You will be directed to register where you will be sent a password and a Survey Monkey evaluation. The 12 videos cover the following topics:
the First Amendment, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bias, Edward R Murrow, Getting It Right, The Digital Revolution, News Apps, The Press and Civil Rights, Running Toward Danger, Sources, Watergate, What's News
Resources include: introductions, essential questions, links NCTE standards, links to web sources, and an extensive viewing guide.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Helping Students Deal with Images and News from
by Frank W. Baker (Media Literacy Clearinghouse)
We are all overwhelmed by what we see in the news. For many of our students,taking the time to help them better understand those images and where they originate is another step toward visual and media literacy.
Images can be frightening and unsettling—on that we can all agree. For your students here are some questions that might help get a discussion started and ease some of their concerns.
1. What did you hear, see, or read about the disasters?
2. Did you understand what you heard, read or saw?
3. Are news people using words/phrases you might not understand?
4. Do you know the source of the news, image or other information?
5. What sources do you currently use to determine what is happening in
6. How reliable are your sources?
7. Are there other reliable sources? For example, are all of your sources
8. How might international sources differ in style and tone from the
9. Why might it be important to “turn off” the news?
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Summer Session (Online) runs August 8-26, 2011. [fee structure]
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Also NAMLE has announced its 2011 Research Awards. It offers two awards: the Emerging Scholar Award and Established Scholar Award. NAMLE members are encouraged to submit a work of original research (4500-6000 words) on a range of media literacy-related topics. The deadline for submission is May 15, 2011. Winners will be privileged to present their work at the 2011 NAMLE conference and be published in JMLE. For more information visit
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Thursday,February 10, the New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) jointly released the 2011 Horizon Report. This eighth edition conveys annual findings from the NMC’s Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching and creative inquiry in higher education. Six emerging technologies are recognized across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for discussion and planning.
Friday, February 4, 2011
"Discovering Hamlet" is a one-hour documentary (included in a 2 DVD set from Athena Learning) about the 1988 production of the classic Shakespeare play, starring Kenneth Branagh and directed by Derek Jacobi, with Patrick Stewart narrating. The filmmakers follow four weeks of rehearsal with an up-close look at how the cast members tackle their iconic parts. The DVD includes three hours of extras, including an in-depth interview with Jacobi and background details about the Danish prince.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Karen Markey had a fairly straightforward idea: Teach students to steer clear of unreliable sources of information through the use of a game. What the University of Michigan professor wants her students to focus on navigating is academic research. But instead of citing credible references on the rise of the Medici family, what if we could apply a similar game to distinguishing the credibility of news sources? “The problem is today’s students still don’t know where to go for authoritative, good information that is trustworthy,” said Markey. “But they sure do know how to go to the web.” If we swapped out “students” for “readers,” you’d have the basis of an argument for media literacy and the importance of finding a way for readers (and journalists themselves) to find good information. The game Markey created, BiblioBouts, could potentially be an example to educators, j-schools or nonprofits on how to teach media literacy. Details here.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Targeted at parents, teachers and anyone concerned with education in America, this one-hour documentary takes viewers to the front lines of an education revolution. DIGITAL MEDIA: NEW LEARNERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY examines how mobile devices and digital media practices can empower young people to direct their own learning. Documenting five success stories both inside and out of the classroom, the program demonstrates how digital media, games, smart phones and the Internet are fundamentally transforming the way young people communicate, collaborate, participate and learn in the 21st century. Featuring leading experts, thinkers and practitioners in the field, DIGITAL MEDIA is a startling preview of a 21st century education.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Craig Silverman, managing editor of PBS MediaShift and Idea Lab, took up the challenge and put his response in colorful terms: “Universities — indeed all educational institutions — should build bullshit detection into the basic curriculums.” Read more here.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, April 7, 2011
Media Education for Health, Democracy and Reform.
To register for ACME, go to: http://www.acmecoalition.org/acme_summit_2011_registration
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