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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 …

“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 …

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 …

Phone Ban Fallout

The principal of Earl Grey Senior Public School has, at the urging of parents, banned the use of phones in class. They may be used during lunch, but “no social media, no texting, no taking or viewing photos and videos.” Toronto middle school bans use of cellphones in classrooms, hallways …

Agency and Privacy

Agency is knowledge in action. The AML has worked with two sets of students to produce an ongoing series of EULAs in Plain Language. First, sickness we identified the most-used media apps or services. Then, we asked volunteer law students (Pro-Bono Students of Canada) to identify EULA passages that put users at risk and translate these …

Stromae – carmen

Carmen is an animated music video comment on social media, specifically referencing Twitter. It makes strong and unequivocal statements about the effects of social media on society.

Elephants and Sex

  It is very curious that, drugs with all the sturm und drang that accompanied the long-overdue release of Ontario’s Sex Education/Health Curriculum, check no one acknowledged the elephants in the room. Yes, elephants plural. There are at least two, which might help us understand some of the alarm. Armand …