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Having Fun With Book Culture

I attended the American Library Association conference in Washington, DC and had an opportunity to visit the expansive—REALLY expansive—exhibits. You might expect most exhibitors to be promoting books, and most of them were. What interested me was add-ons, or ways that people were extending the pleasures of book culture. This …

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 …

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 …

Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History

Malcolm Gladwell has a podcast called Revisionist History. It’s smart, fun, and feels like listening to a chapter of one of his books.   I especially enjoyed the Hallelujah episode,  which examines art and creativity. I think it also connects to the artistic experience, which for me involves feeling aesthetically …

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 …

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 …

Fruit sticker as medium

This fruit sticker displays an innovation using the language of colour. Vegetable and fruit stickers are customarily used to ID the item # for cashiers (4312) and the origins and companies for inpectors and consumers (Mexico and Soconusco). They employ numerical, word, colour and logo languages to achieve this. The Mexico …