Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Just announced: 2013 NCTE Film Festival Schedule

 The organizing committee of the NCTE 2013 Conference Film Festival, held Saturday November 23, is pleased to announce this year's schedule of films, which can be found here.  All films featured in the screening room can become springboards for classroom study. As noted on this web site, some of the films intersect with the various NCTE strands.  Materials about additional educational films that teachers may consider using for their classes will also be supplied.   Updates and last minute information can also be found here.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Using Popular Magazines to Teach CCS, Visual & Media Literacy

For more than a year, I’ve been using popular culture and in-school magazines as part of my media literacy workshops.  We all have magazines at home and at school. They have a high student engagement factor in the classroom and are proving to be a very effective way to teach visual literacy, media literacy, and a host of Common Core standards.  Read more at

Friday, September 20, 2013

Another call for Media Literacy Education

John Schaefer, the director of the Children's Media Workshop, makes another compelling argument for why media literacy should be taught in American schools.