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September 2018

Analyze the “New” Anthem

by Diana Maliszewski Media literacy can be most impactful when the media texts chosen for study are items that students interact with daily, often without much consideration. The Canadian national anthem, “O Canada”, is just such a media text. Asking pertinent questions that promote critical thinking can lead to fascinating …

New Teacher Fun Slide Deck

These slides (click here) were part of a presentation by AML Director Diana Maliszewski for newly-hired permanent contract teachers in the Toronto District School Board during their Beginning Teacher Summer Institute. Often, new teachers are uncertain about how to approach teaching media literacy outside of some older approaches (i.e. examining …

Using Memes in the Classroom: Prompts and Considerations

By Diana Maliszewski – Note: a version of this blog post initially appeared December 7, 2015 on https://mondaymollymusings.blogspot.com/2015/12/memes-from-twitter-inspiration-to.html Memes are fascinating media texts, accessible for many and used frequently. Several definitions exist. According to Neil Andersen, president of the Association of Media Literacy, “A meme (meem) is a unit of cultural …