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Taking Old Town Road to School

Little Nas X’ Old Town Road holds the record for most weeks on the Billboard chart. Children know the song, can sing it and dance to it. It has morphed into multiple music videos, gathering guest artists along the way. Why not find a way for the juggernaut to support …

Unhealthy Metaphors

by Neil Andersen In Metaphors We Live By, cognitive linguist George Lakoff explains that most of our language is metaphorical. This is especially true when we are discussing abstract ideas rather than concrete ideas. Concretely, we can say that someone is shovelling manure when in a barn, but abstractly, we …

Baby It’s Cold Outside

by Neil Andersen and Diana Maliszewski This is the saga of a song. The melody and lyrics have remained intact, yet its long list of performers and audiences have profoundly changed its experience and perception. At first considered ‘cute,’ and even subversive or liberating, it has become contentious—even toxic—among some …

Podcasts: Canadaland

https://www.canadalandshow.com/ Canadaland is a Toronto-based podcast created by Jesse Brown, a journalist who is pioneering the next evolution of Canadian journalism by living it. Mr. Brown’s greatest claim to fame is that he broke the Jian-Ghomeshi-violent-sex story with the Toronto Star, but his journalism and achievements extend beyond that.

Fall 2018 Media Studies Additional Qualifications Course

Media Literacy is the most important skill. Teaching #medialiteracy is fun and rewarding! Learn to integrate critical thinking about literature, pop culture, social and informational media, and digital technologies into Secondary English and Grades K-8 cross-curricula. Explore how production (image, video, audio, GSuite) can enhance and support reading, writing, speaking, …

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 …

Students First: The Health Curriculum Debate

One of media literacy’s strengths is its ability to explore ideas from multiple perspectives. So let’s employ a strategy pioneered by Marshall McLuhan, Canada’s foremost media educator: substitution. Let’s substitute the Ontario government’s parental consultations on its Health curriculum with other governmental policies affecting children. The Health curriculum issues are …

Critical Thinking: Solution or Problem?

Recent populist political victories have caused pundits to wonder if public education has failed and democracy is at risk. Some wonder, “How can people who are openly racist, sexist, xenophobic and vulgar get elected in democracies that pride themselves on their voters’ education?” danah boyd wonders if education—and specifically media …

Ethical Choices and Voices

There is a long-ignored, newly-recognized ‘holy grail’ in technical education and its home can be found in media literacy education. IT has traditionally been a sharing and celebration of effective ways to learn, produce, process and communicate. Spreadsheets, databases, simulations, graphics, videos and 3D printers have all been supercharged by …