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Supporting Literature and Media Literacy Learning

I was helping a tutee complete an online Shakespeare assignment. The task was very good at encouraging analysis and reflection. It asked students to select a scene from a movie adaptation of the play and explain how the scene used cinematic devices to help viewers understand and appreciate its meanings.

Barry’s Wander 2014

October 5, 2014 – See below for a walking tour guide ?   Barry Duncan, the founding president of The Association for Media Literacy (AML), was a local, national and international provocateur, advocating and innovating media literacy education for over 40 years. Barry guided the efforts of the Association, fostered …

Replay: a new teaching strategy?

I am very excited about research concerning the repeated hearing of musical phrases. Why do we listen to our favourite music over and over again? Because repeated sounds work magic in our brains. Even though the research pertains directly to listening to music, I think it has great potential for …

The popularity of memes

Everyone who has used the internet for personal social communication and entertainment in the last few years has seen a meme. The meme:  –“a virally-transmitted cultural symbol or social idea. A meme (rhymes with “team”) behaves like a flu or a cold virus, traveling from person to person quickly, but transmitting an …

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Parody Songs and Media Literacy

Love Pharrell Williams and Weird Al Yankovic? Want to have some fun with your students this September? Use these fun videos to get them thinking critically about the broad range of texts they encounter. The lesson ideas below are appropriate for secondary (high school) students, but may also be modified for …

Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story

  Viking/Penguin Press 2014 Crazy Town, by Robyn Doolittle, is “the astonishing inside story of the world’s most infamous mayor and his troubled family.” Ms. Doolittle does a great job of documenting the Toronto Star’s reportage of Rob Ford’s mayoralty while working to maintain fairness and objectivity. Her book should …

What is media literacy?

Media literacy is the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and use the codes and conventions of a wide variety of media forms and genres appropriately, healthily, effectively and ethically. Media literacy educators worldwide use frameworks of varying form and sophistication to scaffold student learning. Below is a collection of the Eight …