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21st Century Literacies

“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 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 …

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 …