Example of Media Literacy
American Time Cover vs international
Who made this choice?
What does it say about the audience in the US?
In other countries?
The 21st Century Student
Woken by their phone – alarm or text
Check downloads and social media for overnight updates
Music at breakfast
Media activities before breakfast
Music en route to school + extant media sources
Sharing media with friends
Multitasking homework & media
End of day texts
Media literacy defined
Media literacy is a pedagogical framework for the study, analysis, and eventual production of media in the classroom
Media texts are “read” like poems or stories.
They are analyzed, looking for the same results students have sought from their texts for years:
historical context, etc.
teachers require students to write essays for assessment
media students produce audio & video for assessment
The Media Literacy Classroom
A Progressive Classroom
Students must have command of themselves
Critical thinking will hone their judgment
Learning is a social activity
A participatory culture will allow this to happen in an organic way that mirrors students’ lives outside of class
A democratic classroom
Democracy = intelligent participation through critical analysis
NOT passive acceptance of given facts.
teachers must differentiate their instruction
Liberal Media Literacy
This is traditional textural analysis
Critical Thinking is self explanatory
In a school with a computer lab there are no barriers to engagement
Many paths to learning
All just good pedagogy
Landscape shapes how a building is constructed
perceptual landscape shapes how our minds will develop
Lake house different from suburban house
Nobody is born a democrat or republican
Decision is made based on how you perceive the world
The media landscape shapes our perceptual landscape
someone who only listens to one media outlet has avery narrow perceptual landscape
Rather than seeing the world as it is, people see it as it’s represented in the media.
When the media celebrates America’s plentiful resources people are wasteful
during pushes for ecology and green energy people conserve
1. Student make connections between their beliefs and the messages of the media
2. Media distortion - Fox vs CNN vs Daily Show
3. Use their critical thinking skills on the media landscape
4. Info is "cooked," never "raw"
5. Look past mere manipulation to the affect that the media has on the world
6. This leads students to examine the influence of corporations on the media
Poster: 6 corps control the bulk of media outlets in the world
Radical Media Literacy
What it looks like
2 week course
The Shakespearean Wiki
Tested and proven pedagogy
: Media LIteracy elements