Friday, January 17, 2014

Meeting the CCS for Comparing Book With Film

Many of your students may have seen the current crop of docu-dramas, but how many of them have read the book from which the film is adapted?   Read more about meeting the CCS for film here

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lights, camera, action: 8th-graders share their stories with tech

Bradley Beach Elementary School held a Digital Story Showcase to present 14 short films created by the school's Writing Across the Curriculum classes It was the first-ever initiative, within the school’s Writing Across the Curriculum classes, that was designed to teach students how to work together, tap resources and expertise, and use technology to share personal stories in an engaging way.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Teacher's Guide to The Academy Awards

We know our students LOVE the movies. And the upcoming Academy Awards telecast (March 2) will (again) be one of the most viewed programs, both in the US and around the world. I have developed a new resource web site providing ELA (and other) educators opportunities to take advantage of the buzz about the Oscars. Take a look and share it.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Registration Opens: Media Literacy Research Symposium

March 21, 2014             8:00AM-6:00PM
Dolan Business School  Fairfield University
Join a dynamic and growing group of researchers to:
  • develop and increase research within the field
  • reflect on work from current scholars, new researchers. graduate students and practicing educators
  • move the field forward within new and experienced voices in a unique international  format

Strands of Focus:
Strand 1: Media Literacy: Past, Present, and Future
Strand 2: Digital Media and Learning 
Strand 3: Global Perspectives
Strand 4: Education: Training, Policy, and Digital Citizenship
Strand 5: Public Spaces & Civic Activism
Registration Costs:
$75.00 for academics/researchers/educators  &  $35.00 for students.
For More Information:  

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Film Canon Project Website Launched

If you share our belief that film should be viewed, critically examined and discussed by learners in our classrooms as an integrated part of the curriculum we encourage you to join the Film Canon Project.
In our chapter, Developing a Film Study Curriculum and Canon, in the newly released book, Mastering Media Literacy, published by Solution-Tree (2014), we make the case for thoughtful and rigorous cinema curriculum coupled with the cultivation of a canon.   To neglect what is arguably one of the most influential forms of media as a formidable part of teaching and learning is to lurch backwards in time.
We encourage you to review the posted titles for consideration by your faculty and students and then  create your own canon.  Please submit additional titles.  The films on the list  are derived from compilations from multiple sources,  recommendations from professionals in the industry, and educators in the field.  The list will continue to expand.  The goal is to provide an active focused resource.
We invite you to submit film titles to the project that you believe will benefit students and teachers in their classrooms. Consider those films that are engaging and meaningful and can be integrated into the curriculum.