• Media AQ Part 1: Spring Offering!

    Media Studies AQ Part 1: Spring Session! We hope you’ll join us for the spring session of the Media Studies Additional Qualifications Course, Part I. The TDSB will be subsidizing the AQ for teachers in the board (register through Key to Learn). The AQ is open to all teachers in …

  • Representation and White Supremacy in Canada

    by, M. Keats & M. Solomon  Our February 5, 2018 #K12Media chat focused on representation. We focused primarily on the Media Studies definition of representation and included recent examples from the Dr. Martin Luther King Superbowl ad. The definition of representation we used comes from “Queensland Senior English”: There are …

  • “Hijab Hoax” Case Study

    by Michelle Solomon and Neil Andersen Because the primary function of media is to communicate culture, media literacy is a wonderfully compelling blend of media studies and cultural studies. The Hijab Hoax news story case study is exactly that blend, and it provides rich learning opportunities. We have packaged the …

  • Media Literacy Week, 2017

    It’s Media Literacy Week! The AML is at BIT17’s Minds on Media again this year to talk about Media Literacy and Global/21st Century Competencies. We hope you’ll join us, but if you miss it you can access the slides here. Take a look at some of our recent posts for …

  • Media Environment Scavenger Hunt

    by Neil Andersen and Chelsea Attwell It is useful and fun to think about media in broader terms than books, websites or news. The environment that our students learn in provides rich learning opportunities. For young children this may seem like a challenging notion, but the exploration of environments in …

  • What is your emoji-name?

    by Neil Andersen 🤐👁️🙏⌨️🏊👨‍🍳🎶🍫 Emojis are ideograms and smileys used in electronic messages and Web pages. (Wikipedia) Their uses are growing rapidly, especially in texting, to graphically represent ideas and emotions. There are hundreds of emojis, with more being added. What might students learn from researching and developing their own …

  • Why does music make us cry?

    Medial literacy’s great gift to society—a hallmark of the work of Marshal McLuhan and Ted Carpenter—is its willingness to take popular culture seriously; to expose it to the same rigours of critical thinking that have been exercised on ‘great’ works such as the Christian Bible or Hamlet. Malcolm Gladwell extends …

  • Agency and Privacy

    Agency is knowledge in action. The AML has worked with two sets of students to produce an ongoing series of EULAs in Plain Language. First, sickness we identified the most-used media apps or services. Then, we asked volunteer law students (Pro-Bono Students of Canada) to identify EULA passages that put users at risk and translate these …

  • A Tale of Two Audiences

    Many people are concerned about the ramifications of a Donald Trump presidency. What was once considered a laughable long shot by a TV celebrity has become serious politics. Talk show hosts have stopped joking as the candidate has himself committed serial gaffes that outstrip writers’ imaginations. Yet the campaign juggernauts …

  • From Memphis to Missouri: Voices and Echoes

    Blog post by Laurie Townshend with extension activities by Michelle Solomon The U.S. Civil Rights Movement reached a peak in the 1960’s with widespread reactions to systemic racism boiling over into protests that were both violent and non-violent. At the heart of these protests that marked an entire era in …

Ethical Choices and Voices

There is a long-ignored, newly-recognized holy grail in technical education and its home can be found in media literacy education. IT has traditionally been a sharing and celebration of effective ways to learn, produce, process and communicate information. Spreadsheets, databases, simulations, graphics, videos and 3D printers have all been supercharged …

Why this and not that?

Why this and not that?   By Diana Maliszewski and Neil Andersen   Certain events galvanize and inspire large groups of people to respond in a variety of ways. Two recent examples of this are the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida (see http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/florida-school-shooting/ ) …

Things to Know About Rulers

by Neil Andersen, Diana Maliszewski and Nina Silver In an early episode of The Crown, a young Queen Elizabeth is frustrated because she feels that she is not being taken seriously, both for being young and a woman. She is counselled to upbraid her Prime Minister, Winston Churchill—to admonish him …

Media AQ Part 1: Spring Offering!

Media Studies AQ Part 1: Spring Session! We hope you’ll join us for the spring session of the Media Studies Additional Qualifications Course, Part I. The TDSB will be subsidizing the AQ for teachers in the board (register through Key to Learn). The AQ is open to all teachers in …

Why are there villains?

by Neil Andersen, Carol Arcus, Margie Keats, Diana Maliszewski and Michelle Solomon   How could victims need rescuing without villains to abuse …

“Hijab Hoax” Case Study

by Michelle Solomon and Neil Andersen Because the primary function of media is to communicate culture, media literacy is a wonderfully compelling …