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’s in a (re)name?

This is a 3-part lesson: research, discussion/presentation; and creation. Students will research the political implications of a named building, statue or highway, discuss/present their results and conclusions, then propose and defend an alternative name. There are many reasons for naming buildings, universities and roadways. Often it is to honour someone …

In Defense of Taylor Swift

In his arraignment and conviction of Taylor Swift, Dan Ozzi slags her for releasing Look What You Made Me Do at a time when he thinks she should be using her significant fan influence to critique national politicians’ uses and abuses of power. He thinks that she needs to be …

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 …

Production Rubrics

Many thanks for Nina Silver for sharing the following assessment/evaluation tools. Dracula PSA Audacity Sound Production Rubric 2DL Media News Story Evaluation Photo Essay Evaluation Package Design Evaluation Website Design Evaluation Social Issues Documentary Rubric Evaluating a Magazine Cover Creating Radio Commercials EVALUATION Still Camera work Evaluation Audacity SOUND Production …

Media Studies Additional Qualifications Course

The Toronto District School Board is offering Media Studies Part 1 from late August to early December, 2017. Learn to integrate critical thinking about pop culture, social and informational media, and digital technologies into Secondary English and Grades K-8 cross-curricula. Explore how production (image, video, audio, GAFE) can enhance and …