Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Abilock, D. (2003). A seven power lens on 21st century literacy. http: / /www. noodletool s. com/debbi e / l i t e r a c i e s / newsmedi a /polphoto.pdf
There are seven different lenses or tools that are used to critique media literacy. It is important for students to be able to use the lenses to analyze and apply their skills in media literacy. Students should look at the whole picture to assist them in analyzing. Examining nonverbal gestures, facial expressions, and who is in the picture are just some of the tools that can help to tell a lot about a picture.
Hobbs, R. (1996). Teaching media literacy: Yo! are you hip to this?. Retrieved from http://www.medialit.org/reading-room/teaching-media-literacy-yo-are-you-hip
This article was on the Center for Media Literacy webpage and talks about a teacher who incorporated media literacy into her classroom. She is showing different commercials and asking students questions about the commercials based on target audiences, what is being sold, and how they interpret the commercials. The article goes on to discuss how many other educators are integrating media literacy into their curriculum and see it as a useful tool that will help beuild relevance and link the classroom to the world.
Kellner, D., & Share, J. (2005). Toward critical media literacy: core concepts, debates, organizations, and policy. Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, 26(3), 369-386.
This article discusses models of media literacy, core concepts, and national media organizations in the United States. Media literacy is used to help people evaluate and examine different forms of media, from the standard print form (books, newspapers, and magazines) or technological media (television, movies, and Internet). The Center for Media Literacy identified five core concepts that are easily accessible to teachers and students. The concepts are: Core Concept 1. Principle of Non-Transparency: All media messages are ‘‘constructed’’; Core Concept 2. Codes and Conventions: Media messages are constructed using a creative language with its own rules: Core Concept 3. Audience Decoding: Different people experience the same media message differently; Core Concept 4. Content and Message: Media have embedded values and points of view; Core Concept 5. Motivation: Media are organized to gain profit and/or power. There are many small literacy organizations in the United States, but there are two major ones. The Alliance for a Media Literate America attempts to unite media literacy organizations, while the Action Coalition for Media Education is against any type of corporate media.
This article discussed Pennsylvania’s teachers adjusting their curriculum to incorporate standardized test preparation into their lessons. Students in grades from eight to eleven had to score well in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment standardized tests in order to see if they have made their “adequate yearly progress”. One of the teachers decided to improve on her students’ learning by teaching critical thinking skills by studying media literacy.