Thursday, April 30, 2015

Contribute Your Media Literacy Video Suggestions

I invite you to contribute to a web page I started some time and have recently revised:
Videos Used In Teaching Media Literacy

Each of the categories contained on that URL include links to videos that can be used to teach elements of media literacy.

If you have suggestions for videos you use, or have produced, please send them to me ( in THIS format:

TITLE (Hyperlinked) followed by LENGTH


Frank Baker

Monday, March 2, 2015

How do filmmakers use STEAM? Here is how.

Many media educators teach with and about media production, including film. But how many educators actually know how filmmakers utilize concepts in science, technology, engineering, arts and math?  That's the question I sought to answer as I began to create this new web page.  Comments, suggestions and additions welcome.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

5 Ideas for Teaching Literary Analysis With Film

Critiquing movies allows students to develop skills in literary analysis by deconstructing a work, finding evidence to support their critique and organizing their thoughts in a final analysis, middle-grades educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes in this blog post. She shares five project ideas -- incorporating the work of film critic Roger Ebert -- for using film criticism when teaching literary analysis.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Fair Use for the Visual Arts (New Report)

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts is based on a consensus of professionals in the visual arts who use copyrighted images, texts, and other materials in their creative and scholarly work and who, through discussion groups, identified best practices for using such materials. They included art and architectural historians, artists, designers, curators, museum directors, educators, rights and reproduction officers, and editors at scholarly publishers and journals.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Cracking the Sitcom Code

"Cracking the Sitcom Code", an essay in The Atlantic online, is must reading for teachers (and students) of this popular media genre. 

Excerpt: " From The Simpsons to Seinfeld, from Everybody Loves Raymond to Everybody Hates Chris, from Taxi to Arrested Development to Parks & Recreation, there is a highly-specific, minute-by-minute recipe used to write the vast majority of sitcoms out there. And once you know the formula, it makes it much easier to write them, and much harder to watch them without seeing that formula—the “sitcom code”—everywhere you look."

Sunday, December 21, 2014

TV Special Features Creative Process of Producing TV Sitcoms

"Now That’s Funny! On Set with TV’s Hottest Comedies: A Paley Center for Media Special,” airs on the CBS Television Network on Friday, December 26 at 8:00pm ET (check your local listings).  This one-of-a-kind program will give viewers a look inside the intricate process of getting television’s funniest shows on the air each week. From the brainstorming in the writers room, to the informal hilarity of the table read, to the energy and spontaneity of the actual performance, audiences will see how their favorite shows continue to keep fans laughing. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Writers Speak To Kids (Videos)

In this NBC Learn special collection, Writers Speak to Kids, children‘s book authors share their writing experiences to help students learn more about the craft and techniques of creative writing.