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Media AQ Part 1: Spring Offering!

Media Studies AQ Part 1: Spring Session! We hope you’ll join us for the spring session of the Media Studies Additional Qualifications Course, Part I. The TDSB will be subsidizing the AQ for teachers in the board (register through Key to Learn). The AQ is open to all teachers in …

Why are there villains?

by Neil Andersen, Carol Arcus, Margie Keats, Diana Maliszewski and Michelle Solomon   How could victims need rescuing without villains to abuse them? How could a hero demonstrate heroism without a villain to seek? How could a plot reach its climax without a villain to defeat? Heroes may be stories’ …

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 …

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 …

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 …