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An Open Letter to the Ministry of Education of the Government of Ontario: Why Ontario students are missing out on the essential skill of media literacy

AML is concerned about the position of media literacy in the current Ontario curriculum. Written in 2005, the content lacks any references to smartphones or social media, the driving forces in communications culture today. These factors are shaping our current language, actions, culture, and politics – the way we live …

Podcasts—the new old medium

Podcasts have become an interesting new/old media phenomenon. While they seem to be the new de rigeur form, they arguably date from electronic media’s second-oldest form: radio. (The first is the telegraph.) Radio talk shows—in the form of interviews, dialogues or monologues—have been industry staples forever.

Can media literacy education nurture active agency? Or, my argument with Mark Surman – by Carol Arcus

I attended one of the McLuhan Salons recently – talks/discussions that are co-sponsored by St. Michael’s College at U of T and the Estate of Marshall McLuhan. On November 9 at the ROM, we heard Mark Surman, President and Executive Director of Mozilla, a not for profit technology company that …

The Art of the Apology

By Diana Maliszewski Practically everything is media, and that includes apologies. An apology is defined as “a regretful acknowledgement of an offence or failure” (www.dictionary.com). Traditional apologies involve the giver and the receiver of the apology, unless you include the adult that might be forcing an apology between children, like …

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 …