• 40+ Blog Posts to Celebrate AML’s 40th Anniversary in 2018

    The Association for Media Literacy officially came into existence in 1978. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the organization, our executive board decided on a goal – to publish 40 blog posts in 2018 on the www.aml.ca website. Thankfully, we were able to achieve this goal, and actually exceed it! …

  • Algorithms and Media Literacy

    by Helen J. DeWaard Algorithms and media aren’t usually considered together. Algorithms are thought to be mathematical and computational sequences that manage our computer data. Media are related to popular culture as expressed through text, image, audio, or video. Both are current areas of focus for educators in the classroom …

  • The Right Side of History

    In November, 2018, Jesse—’CBC tech columnist’—Hirsh appeared in his regular time slot on the Metro Morning radio show to comment on Facebook’s long list of ethical missteps, among them failing to protect users’ private information from hacks and for selling users’ data without consent. The first is an example of …

  • Baby It’s Cold Outside

    by Neil Andersen and Diana Maliszewski This is the saga of a song. The melody and lyrics have remained intact, yet its long list of performers and audiences have profoundly changed its experience and perception. At first considered ‘cute,’ and even subversive or liberating, it has become contentious—even toxic—among some …

  • Podcasts: Canadaland

    https://www.canadalandshow.com/ Canadaland is a Toronto-based podcast created by Jesse Brown, a journalist who is pioneering the next evolution of Canadian journalism by living it. Mr. Brown’s greatest claim to fame is that he broke the Jian-Ghomeshi-violent-sex story with the Toronto Star, but his journalism and achievements extend beyond that.

  • More Emoji Lesson Ideas

    By Diana Maliszewski The article on this site, “What is your emoji-name?” written by Neil Andersen, has been one of the association’s most accessed posts since it was first published on September 30, 2017. If you used Neil’s lesson suggestions and wanted more along the same theme, here are a …

Unhealthy Metaphors

by Neil Andersen In Metaphors We Live By, cognitive linguist George Lakoff explains that most of our language is metaphorical. This is especially true when we are discussing abstract ideas rather than concrete ideas. Concretely, we can say that someone is shovelling manure when in a barn, but abstractly, we …

Algorithms and Media Literacy

by Helen J. DeWaard Algorithms and media aren’t usually considered together. Algorithms are thought to be mathematical and computational sequences that manage …

The Right Side of History

In November, 2018, Jesse—’CBC tech columnist’—Hirsh appeared in his regular time slot on the Metro Morning radio show to comment on Facebook’s …

Baby It’s Cold Outside

by Neil Andersen and Diana Maliszewski This is the saga of a song. The melody and lyrics have remained intact, yet its …

Podcasts: Canadaland

https://www.canadalandshow.com/ Canadaland is a Toronto-based podcast created by Jesse Brown, a journalist who is pioneering the next evolution of Canadian journalism by …

More Emoji Lesson Ideas

By Diana Maliszewski The article on this site, “What is your emoji-name?” written by Neil Andersen, has been one of the association’s …