January 5 & 12 - Creative Thinking & Problem Solving through Media Literacy


Partnership for 21st Century Skills, http://www.p21.org/ This is the site that has information about all of the topics we are focusing on in evening training sessions. Take time to look around this site. Especially take a look at the Framework for 21st Century Learning and resources for Media Literacy. Each iCougar topic will explore the ideas from this website.

Self Start
Download the following FREE News Apps so you are ready to use them in class. Be prepared to start with apps downloaded by 2:45! Create a folder so you can find the News Apps easy throughout the night. Be sure to download the iPod Version so that it matches what your students have on their devices!


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Understand both how and why media messages are constructed, and for what purposes. Examine how individuals interpret messages differently, how values and points of view are included or excluded, and how media can influence beliefs and behaviors.

Who-Students, What-Media Literacy, Where-News Apps,When-Now, Why? To investigate strategies for using apps in your classroom & to understand the pervasiveness of the media and its impact. Students are bombarded with images & information through They need to be challenged to critically think about the messages that they are watching, hearing, and sharing.

  1. News-Mapping. Media provides access to information - purpose? To stay informed about the world around us...students need to be informed about their local community and global issues. Task: Experience how students might stay informed about their world. Post stories around the map with string from each story to the location on the map where the story takes place. Find a news story from somewhere in the word. Complete the 5W's based on your news story and post it on the map.
    1. Done early? Explore the ideas for Current Events below.
      1. 25 Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events Scroll down for the page for "Plenty of Math in the News" as well!
      2. Teachable Moments for High School - The Media Awareness Network is frequently updated, so keep checking back.
      3. 12th Grade Lesson Plan for Media Literacy
      4. Chanel One Website - Videos won't play on the iPod Touch, but they can be shown on your big screen!
      5. Parade News Website - Weekly current event quizzes and other resources.
  2. Persuasion & Propaganda Techniques - ThinkQuest, Education WorldLearn what is available in the different student news apps - and using a persuasion techniques (below) convince us that YOUR News app is the best News app in the bunch! Media uses propaganda to portray its message -- can you?
    1. Bandwagon -- the implication that "everybody else is doing it."
    2. Plain folks -- the implication that "users of this product are just like you."
    3. Card stacking -- distorting or omitting facts.
    4. Name-calling -- stereotyping people or ideas.
    5. Glittering generalities -- using "good" labels, such as patriotic, beautiful, exciting, that are unsupported by facts.
    6. Testimonial -- an endorsement by a famous person.
    7. Snob appeal -- the implication that only the richest, smartest, or most important people are doing it.
    8. Transference -- the association of a respected person with a product or idea.
    9. Doublespeak - language deliberately constructed to disguise its actual meaning, such as euphemisms.
    10. Fear - one of the most primordial human emotions lending itself to effective use by propagandists.
    11. And a ton of other propaganda techniques...
Ways we might be able to use Media Resources in our Classes!

Apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of media.
  1. Creative Commons & Copyright
    1. US Copyright Office: http://www.copyright.gov/circs/
    2. Copyright infringement: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringement
    3. Court Cases: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_copyright_case_law
    4. Copyright Tutorial http://www.lib.utsystem.edu/copyright/
    5. Copyright Website http://www.benedict.com/
    6. Fair Use in the Classroom, on the Internet, and the World Wide Web http://www.umuc.edu/library/copy.shtml
    7. Copyright-Friendly Websites http://copyrightfriendly.wikispaces.com/
    8. Copyright-Friendly Images and Sound http://www.sdst.org/shs/library/cfimages.html
    9. California's Resources: http://www.clrn.org/fdti/
  2. Photographic Ethics
    1. Shark Attack
    2. LIFE - Real or Fake?
  3. Ethics of Media, esp. Entertainment Media
    1. Sterotypes - Tough Guys & Killing Us Softly
    2. Product Placement - ABC's of Mass Media http://www.flickr.com/photos/inthepicturedesign/2075885412/

Understand the World Around us!

National Geographic focuses on a Year-Long theme of 7 Billion People and what that means to us! http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/7-billion
2011 World Population Data Sheet

Create Media Products. Understand and utilize the most appropriate media creation tools, characteristics and conventions. Understand and effectively utilize the most appropriate expressions and interpretations in diverse, multi-cultural environments.
Find a project to match your curriculum - Choose one way to incorporate Media!
    1. Project Creation Tools: Idea Sketch
    2. Digital Camera: Images have the capacity to communicate thoughts, emotions and perspectives in a way that text or speech cannot convey. As images become more common in various forms of communication, students need to learn how to read images and how to use images for communication. They need to develop the abilities to appreciate and manipulate artistic elements of design, composition, focal point and setting as they learn to communicate visually.
      1. 101 Ways to Use a Digital Camera
      2. 14 Types of Digital Products
    3. Video: Splice or YourTube
    4. iTunes Podcasts