PRINT AND VIDEO
for Teaching About Media in the K-12 Classroom
MEDIA EDUCATION TEXTS
for Elementary Students
Andersen, N., Carreiro,
P., Sinclair, D. (1998). Responding to Media Violence: Starting Points
for Classroom Practice, K-6. The Metropolitan Toronto School Board,
45 York Mills Road, North York, Ontario M2P 1B6, Canada. This book takes
a balanced approach that does not bash media and popular culture. Instead,
the book supports teachers who wish to respond to community concerns
from the perspective of research-based, professional practice. No price
Bazalgette, Cary (Ed).
Primary Media Education: A Curriculum Statement (1989). Ties
goals and objectives with classroom practices and assessment strategies.
Useful for all grade levels. London: British Film Institute. BFI Publications,
29 Rathbone wt., London W1P 1AG, England. 7.25 (Send British pounds).
Booth, D. et. al. Media
Sense. This series consists of three texts, one each a text for
grades 4-16. Strategies to help students to analyze and produce a variety
of media texts. MediowBook Press, Harcourt Brace & Company Canada. ISBN
Bright Ideas Series:
Media Education (1990). An excellent text from Scholastics for elementary
teachers. Scholastics Inc. P.O. Box 7501, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
Order #76296. $14.95.
Considine, D., Lacy, L.E.,
and Haley, G. Imagine That: Developing Critical Thinking and Critical
Viewing Through Children's Literature. An analysis of children's
literature that encourages visual teaching. Rich with activities for
students. The first to link the fields of children's literature and
media education. Teacher Ideas Press, $27.00.
Leonard, S. & Munde, G.
At the Movies with Bad Dog: Using Non-Traditional Film and Video
with Children (1994). A handbook for K-6 teachers with activities,
plans, resources to improve language and visual arts skills. Highsmith
Press has a number of media education titles: 800.558.2110. $55.
Lloyd-Kolkin, D. & Tyner,
K. Media & You: An Elementary Media Literacy Curriculum (1991)
from Educational Technology Publications. Lesson plans, background material,
activities for elementary students. Increasingly dated, but still useful.
Center for Media Literacy, 800.226.9494. $21.95.
Ontario Ministry of
Education: The Common Curriculum, Grades 1-9. (1995). Government
of Ontario Bookstore Publications, 880 Bay Street, 5th Floor, Toronto,
Ontario, M7A 1N8, Canada. Model guidelines for media education in the
English, Language Arts and Reading Curriculum include "viewing/representing"
scope and sequence.
Powrie, S., Lewis, K. &
Reeves, D. (1997). Media Sense. A teacher resource book series
for grades 4-6 with background information on media. Over 70 lesson
plans and 30 reproducible student activities organized around three
media units: Popular Culture, Journalism and Advertising. There are
3 books in the series. Each book is specified by grade level (Media
Sense 4, Media Sense 5, Media Sense 6). Harcourt Brace Canada, 55 Horner
Avenue, Toronto, ON M8Z 4X6. 800.387.7278. $49.95 each book.
Rosen, E.Y., Quesada, A.P.
& Lockwood Summer, S. Changing the World Through Media Education:
A New Media Literacy Curriculum. Sausalito, CA: Just Think Foundation.
www.justhink.org or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. $17.95.
MEDIA EDUCATION TEXTS
for Secondary Students
AML Anthology 1993.
Over 300 lesson plans for secondary teachers of media. Written and tested
by classroom teachers from the Association of Media Literacy in Canada.
Out of print, but still available. Association for Media Literacy, 40
McArthur, Weston, Ontario, M9P 3M7 Canada. 416.394.6990. $70.
Bowker, J. (Ed). Secondary
Media Education: A Curriculum Statement (1991). Created by teachers,
this book describes the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for
media education as well as practical classroom activities. London: The
British Film Institute. BFI Publications, 29 Rathbone St., London W1P
1AG, England. 7.25 (Send British pounds).
The British Film Institute
Media Education Catalog. Full of numerous teacher-created resources.
Order full catalog for up-to-date materials: The British Film Institute.
BFI Publications, 29 Rathbone St., London W1P 1AG, England.
Considine, D. & Haley,
G. Visual Messages: Integrating Imagery into Instruction. A
text designed for a variety of classroom applications. Rich in visual
illustration and practical classroom applications, this book is a media
education must. Libraries Unlimited, POB 3988, Englewood CO 80155-3988.
Costanzo, W. Reading
the Movies: Twelve Great Films and How to Teach Them. (1992). Language
Arts approaches to film with good suggestions and practical activities.
NCTE, 1111 Kenyon Ave., Urbana, IL. ISBN No. 3910-1288. 800.369.NCTE.
Duncan, B. Mass Media
and Popular Culture (1991). Mr. Duncan is a classroom teacher and
newspaper columnist who writes widely about media education. This textbook
builds activities around essays on popular culture. Toronto: Harcourt
Brace Jovanovich. Theatre Books, 25 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario,
M4W 1A3. 412.922.7175. Student textbook, $29.95. Teachers' Guide, $28.95.
The Media Literacy Resource
Guide: Intermediate and Senior Divisions (1989). Activities key
concepts and ready-to-go lesson units for secondary teachers of media.
Government of Ontario Bookstore Publications, 880 Bay Street, 5th Floor,
Toronto, Ontario, M7A 1N8, Canada. Send $10 U.S. Currency.
The Center for Media
Literacy Catalog has a comprehensive collection of media literacy
workshop kits and books. Write for complete catalog. Center for Media
Literacy, 4727 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 403 Los Angeles, California 90010.
213.931.4177. Fax: 213.931.4474. Email: email@example.com. Website: http://www.medialit.org/
O'Reilly, Kate. & Splaine,
John. Critical Viewing: Stimulant To Critical Thinking offers
valuable exercises to help Grades 8-12 to think critically about visual
material. $12.95. Teacher's Guide, $8.95. Midwest Publications: 800.458.4849.
Stewart, C. & Kowaltzke,
A. (1998). Media: New Ways and Meanings (1990). An Australian
text with a broad range of activities for the classroom about television,
the internet, film, multimedia and print. The Jacaranda Press, 33 Park
Rd., Milton, Queensland 4064. Australia.
for K-12 Students
The Advanced Internet
Applications Primer is an online technical document for digital
designers. The Primer is loaded with information, tutorials, and links
to prepare participants for the Internet Technical Academy, an activity
of WestEd, the regional educational research and development laboratory
in San Francisco. It is also useful as an orientation for beginning
designers. View the primer at:
Black, Kay. Kidvid:
Fun-damentals of Video Instruction. A comprehensive guide for use with
students Grades 4-8 includes many classroom activities. Zephyr Press,
520.322.5090. ISBN: Zb13-LA. $19.
Educational Video Center
(1996). YO-TV Guide to Video Production. This is a great book
by teens for teens about how to produce documentary video. EVC, 55 E.
25th St., Ste. 407, NY NY 10010. 212.725.3534. $15 (Special prices for
Kyker, K. & Church, C.
Television Production for Elementary Students. A practical guide
for Grades K-6. ISBN: 1-56308-186-5. Libraries Unlimited. 800.237.6124.
Kaplan, David. Television
in the Classroom. (1989). White Plains, NY: Knowledge Industry Publications,
Inc. Trusty practical guide. 800.248.5474. $32.95.
Limpus, B. Lights, Camera,
Action! offers practical ideas for incorporating video in the classroom.
800.998.2208. $19.95 each.
Green, K., Pinch, P. &
Schwartz, D. AdVantage is CD ROM-based unit designed to help
teach "Media Literacy" ( or "Media Studies") in the elementary grades.
In addition to the CD, AdVantage includes a Teacher's Guide and a Student
Media Journal. This fully functional prototype has been tested in several
classrooms and has received extremely positive reviews. It is now a
prototype only at: http://members.aol.com/Nozrider/Splash.htm
Grlic, R. (1998) How
to Make Your Own Movie! A package of 3 CD-ROMS create an entire
Film School. The interactive software helps students master the concepts
and traditional techniques that takes them from an initial story to
the final cut. A Production Notebook is included in the package so that
students can begin to make their own movie. Electronic Vision and Ohio
University. www.interactivefilmschool.com. 800.516.9361. $89.95.
Newman, B. & Mara, J. (1995).
Reading, Writing & TV: A Video Handbook for Teachers. Highly
recommended for classroom teachers. Provides thoughtful ideas for integration
of video in the classroom. Fort Atkinson, WI: Highsmith Press. 800.558.2110.
Prufrock Press offers two
resources for hands-on work in the classroom. Getting Kids Published
is a practical guide for helping young authors see their work in
print by Jamie Whitfield.
Roar! The Paper Tiger
Television Guide to Media Activism (1993). A book of essays from
the Paper Tiger collective covers everything from camcorder hints to
radio piracy, Paper Tiger Television, 339 Lafayette Street, New York,
Rosenkranz, P. The Classroom
Video Producer's Guidebook. Good production ideas. Covers all the
basics, plus good reproducible materials for the classroom. J. Weston
Walch, Publisher. 321 Valley Street, P.O. Box 658, Portland, ME 04104-0658.
Schouten, D. & Watling,
R. (1998). Media Action Projects: A Model for Integrating Video in
Project-based Education, Training and Community Development with
a foreward by Len Masterman. $20 U.S. To order, contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org Check out the website http://utopia.knoware.nl/users/schoutdi
to preview this book.
RESEARCH AND REFLECTION
ON MEDIA EDUCATION
for K-12 Teachers and Teacher Trainers
The Aspen Institute's
Report of the National Leadership Conference on Media Education (1993).
A landmark report on a gathering of North American media educators.
Includes definitions, perspectives, and background for media education
in the U.S. Aspen Institute Publications, P.O. Box 150, Queenstown,
Brown, James A. (1991).
Television "Critical Viewing Skills" Education: Major Media Literacy
Projects in the United States and Selected Countries (1991). Hillsdale,
NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. A comprehensive historical overview
of critical viewing skills projects in the U.S. and selected other countries.
Discusses each program's purposes, participants, materials, methods
of evaluation and conclusions.
Buckingham, David (1994).
Children Talking Television: The Making of Television Literacy.
A comprehensive and definitive study of children's use and understanding
of TV. Original research presented in an engaging style. Falmer Press,
Rankine Rd., Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 OPR, England. 15.95 (Send British
currency). Also from David Buckingham (Ed). (1992). Watching Media
Learning: Making Sense of Media Education, an anthology of the rewards
and traumas of media teaching. 10.95. These books may be available from
the Center for Media Literacy (see above).
Fleming, David (1993).
Media Teaching. This book is a result of Mr. Fleming's classroom
experiences in Ireland and England. Theory, practice and practical ideas,
very well-written and engaging. Blackwell Publishers, 238 Main St.,
Ste. 501, Cambridge, MA 02142.
Gee, J.P. (1996). Social
linguistics and literacies: Ideology in discourses. London & Bristol,
PA: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Gitlin, T.(1994). Imagebusters:
The hollow crusade against TV violence. The American Prospect,
Gorman, Paul R. (1996).
Left Intellectuals and Popular Culture in the Twentieth Century.
This book is a sweeping historical study of the way that both ends
of the political spectrum have come together to critique modern entertainment
from comic books to hip-hop. The University of North Carolina Press,
P.O. Box 2288, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288. 919.966.3561. $15.95.
Graff, H.J.(1995). The
labyrinths of literacy: Reflections on literacy past and present.
Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.
Hart, A. (Ed.). (1997).
Teaching the Media: International Perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence
Erlbaum Associates, Inc. $26.95 paperback; $44.95 hardback. To order:
800-9-BOOKS-9 (9AM to 5PM EST ONLY) or Email:
Hunter, B.(1997). Learning
in an internetworked world. The internet as paradigm: Annual Review
of the Institute for Informations Studies, 103-121. Queenstown,
MD and Nashville, TN: Nortel North America and The Aspen Institute.
Kerr, S.T. (Ed.). (1996).
Technology and the Future of Schooling: Ninety-fifth Yearbook of
the National Society for the Study of Education. Chicago: University
of Chicago Press.
Kubey, R. (Ed.) (1997).
Media literacy in the information age: Current perspectives. (Information
& Behavior, Vol. 6). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
Lusted, David. (1991).
The Media Studies Book: A Guide for Teachers. Routledge.
Marchand, P. (1989). Marshall
McLuhan: The medium and the messenger. New York: Ticknor & Fields.
Masterman, Len (1988).
Teaching the Media. London: Comedia Press. A major academic,
theoretical work in the field of media education.
Masterman, L. & Mariet,
F. (1994). Media education in 1990s Europe: A teachers' guide.
The Netherlands: Council of Europe Press and Croton; NY: Manhattan Publishing
McLuhan, Marshall. & Powers,
N. (1989). The Global Village: Transformations in World Life and
Media in the 21st Century (1989). Also, McLuhan, M. (1964). Understanding
Media. New York: McGraw Hill.
Messaris, P. (1994). Visual
literacy: Image, mind & reality. Boulder, San Francisco & Oxford:
Postman, Neil (1992). Technopoly:
The Surrender of Culture to Technology. New York: Alfred Knopf
Postman, Neil (1996). The
End of Education: Redefining the Value of School. New York: Random
House Vintage Books.
Silverblatt, Art. (1995).
Media Literacy: Keys to Interpreting Media Messages. Praeger
Publishers, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881. Useful text with
a clear framework for teaching analysis of media from a communication
perspective. ISBN: 0-275-94831-5. 203.226.3571. $19.95.
Silverblatt, A. & Eliceiri,
E.M.E. (1997). Dictionary of media literacy. Westport, CT: Greenwood
Tyner, K. (1998). Literacy
in a Digital World: Teaching and Learning in the Age of Information.
Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers. Available June 1998. To order:
800-9-BOOKS-9 (9AM to 5PM EST ONLY) or Email:
for Media Educators and their Students
Adbusters! An irreverent
quarterly that takes aim at consumer culture. From the Media Foundation,
1243 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6H 1B7, Canada. 604.736.9401. $40/yr.
A magazine for parents that encourages smart viewing. 800.216.2225.
Clipboard. The media
literacy newsletter of the Jesuit Communication Project in Canada. Clipboard
has an unparalleled international focus. Write: John Pungente, Editor,
Jesuit Communication Project, 47 Ranleigh Ave., #300, Toronto, Ontario
M4N 1X2, Canada. 416.488.7280.
Two issues (November 1992 and January 1998) are completely devoted to
media literacy. English Journal is available with an annual $40 membership
to NCTE. Individual copies can be purchased. NCTE, 1111 Kenyon Rd.,
Urbana IL 71801. 217.328.3870.
Journal of Communication
is published by the International Communication Association. The
media education issue is Winter 1998; Vol. 48, No. 1. To order: Oxford
University Press, Journals Subscriptions Department, 2001 Evans Road,
Cary, NC 27513, Toll-free in the USA and Canada, 1-800-852-7323. Fax,
919-677-1714. Email, email@example.com. The issues is $15 if delivered
to your home or university address.
Mediacy. The newsletter
for the Association of Media Literacy in Canada, the largest media educator
organization in North America. The newsletter is a benefit of membership.
Mediacy, 25 Marcos Blvd. Scarborough, Ontario, Canada M1K 5A7. $20/Yr.
The newsletter of the National Council of Teachers of English is a resource
for K-12 teachers about teaching media in the language arts curriculum.
Write L.B. Fuller, English Dept., Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg,
PA 17815. 717-784-5429. $10/Yr.
Satran, A. (1998). An Interview
with Media Educator Kathleen Tyner. Design Science Journal, an
on-line journal. The interview includes an extensive bibliography. http://www.ignitiondesign.com/journal/
of the National Telemedia Council. Free with $30 yearly membership.
National Telemedia Council, 120 E. Wilson St., Madison, WI 53703. 608.257.7712.
Video and Learning.
A newsletter by and for students and teachers published by Educational
Video Center. EVC, 55 E. 25th St., Ste. 407, NY NY 10010. 212.725.3534.
About Media Literacy
First Light Video Publishing
produces and distributes educational videotapes for skill-based
work in the media arts: film, video and music production, audio and
radio production, andemore. Their new series, The Video Toolbox is particularly
useful for teachers getting started in production. First Light also
carries media analysis tapes and some BBC education productions such
as "Screening MiddleMarch" to be taught with the BBC production of George
Eliot's book. For a complete catalog, "Master Classes in Media; a Library
of Training Videos to Teach Media Skills," call toll free, 800.777.1576.
Know TV: Changing What,
Why and How You Watch is a kit produced to help secondary teachers
teach about documentary. For information: Stephanie Aaronson/ The Learning
Channel, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814-3522. 301.986.0444
Ext. 4406. Or Steve Raabe/CTM, 301.656.7900.
L.A. Freewaves: A Catalog
of Southern California Youth Media Programs was compiled by media
educator, artist and curator Gina Lamb. The catalog is a rich source
of student produced work at reasonable prices. It also features engaging
profiles of students and teachers. Contact: Gina Lamb, 321 E. Beach
Ave., Englewood, CA 90302. 310.672.2359.
On Television: Teach
the Children. Documentary critical of the commercial nature of
tv as it addresses research on the effects of television on children.
Interviews with Peggy Charren (Action for Children's Television), George
Gerbner (Annenberg School of Communication), Dorothy Singer (Yale) and
others stress the need for more critical viewing skills training for
children. The tape is a useful discussion starter for teachers, parents
and community leaders. Video, $49. California Newsreel, 140 Ninth Street/420,
San Francisco, CA 94103. 415.621.6196. www.newsreel.org
A National Forum on
Television Literacy. Prince Williams County Network produced a
distance education series about media literacy issues. Call Stan Woodward,
Executive Producer, Prince William County Public Schools, 703.791.7328.
Signal to Noise: Life
with Television, a series of video produced for PBS consisting of
segments by 21 independent producers, in three hourly programs. Segments
are short and creative, but mixed in quality. Some are "preachy" and
anti-media; others are brilliant. For distribution information contact
Mixed Media Projects, 594 Broadway #410, NY NY 10012. Voice: 212.219.3092.
Fax: 2212.219.2645. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Taking Charge of Your
TV is a family-friendly guide to critical viewing for parents and
children. It offers definitions of media literacy, tips on how to use
the TV constructively and family activities. The guide is sponsored
by The Family & Community Critical Viewing Project, a partnership of
the National PTA, the National Cable TV Association and Cable in the
Taming the Tube
(VHS) is a humorous and ironic youth-produced instructional video that
promotes media literacy. Winner of the Bronze Apple at the National
Media Network Festival, the reel is produced through the Community TV
Network, a Chicago-based non-profit media arts organization that has
worked for over 20 years to give low-income youth the technical and
critical skills to create videos about themselves and their neighborhoods.
Community TV Network, 2135 W. Wabansia, Chicago Il 60647. 312.278.8500.
$32.00 each, includes shipping.
Tube Babies. A
documentary by students at EVC about media. This is a fascinuting, professionally
produced piece of high interest to students. EVC has a complete catalog
of student work. Yo-TV/Educational Video Center, 55 East 25th St., Ste.
407, New York, New York 10010. 212.725.3534.
TV Tool Kit consists
of two videos, a study guide, a guide for leading workshops about media
literacy in your community, and copies of BetterViewing magazine. The
videos are: Master Control, a 30-minute video for children produced
by Continental Cablevision; and Media Education: The New Literacy, a
documentary of media education in action. Produced by Continental Cablevision
(1994). Parents, educators, or children's organizations seeking more
information on Continental's TV Tool Kit should contact their local
Continental Cablevision office. If you have another cable company in
your community, write: Nancy Larkin, Vice President, Community Relations,
Continental Cablevision, Inc., The Pilot House, Lewis Wharf, Boston,
TV Smarts for Kids.
A free video from Girl Scouts USA and the National Cable Television
Association. Check out the press release at http://www.ncta.com/tvsmarts.html
Video & Multimedia for the K-12 Classroom
The Ad and the Ego
A comprehensive examination of advertisings influence on culture. The
video attempts to make connections between consumerism, environmental
degradation and advertising with mixed success. A favorite of students.
California Newsreel, 140 Ninth Street/420, San Francisco, CA 94103.
AdSmarts is a video
and print resource consisting of 5 kits that explore the techniques
of the advertising trade. The kits are designed to teach critical thinking
about advertising, tobacco ads, alcohol ads and to encourage students
to create their own messages. Each unit contains a video, black line
masters and a guide that has been carefully keyed to the videos. The
Center for Media Literacy, 800.226.9494. $495.00.
Appalshop has a
complete catalog of documentaries about Appalachian culture. Write for
catalog: 306 Madison St., Whitesburg, KY 48158. 606.633.0108.
offers videotapes of political ads,including every television commercial
broadcast by the candidates in the U.S. presidential primaries. Beta
or VHS, $75. Aristotle Industries, 800.243.4401.
Buy me that! Home
Box Office with Consumer's Union and Action for Children's Television.
The 3-part documentary covers all aspects of children's television with
guides for parents and teachers. Films Inc., 5547 Ravenswood Avenue,
Reston, VA 22091. 800.327.4222, ext. 43. For supplementary discussion
guides: Consumer Reports Television, P.O. Box s2010A, Mt. Vernon, NY
Festival of Advertising. Selected Commercials (30-ominutes VHS)
comes with a Media Studies Teacher's Guide, a succinct and clearly written
guide of suggested classroom activities for the commercials. Exercises
explore PSAs, representation, popular culture allusions, visual narrative
and contemporary issues. ADFILMS LTD., 250 Merton Street, Suite 403,
Toronto, Ontario. Canada. M4S 1B1. 416.483.3551. $79.95.
Canyon Cinema distributes
a comprehensive collection of experimental and avante garde film and
video. Their catalog is available for $15. Some films in the catalog
may not be suitable for children. Canyon Cinema, 2325 Third Street,
Ste. 338, San Francisco, CA 94107. 415.626.2255.
VHS. 90 Minutes. A look at familiar television images with a fresh perspective
as it chronicles the history of African Americans on television. California
Newsreel, 149 9th St., #420. San Francisco, CA 94103. 415.621.6196.
3-Part Video Series with Study Guide. Part I: Getting the Story, shows
how the Ethiopian tragedy went from "just another famine" to the news
story of the 1980s. Part II: Shaping the Image, shows how tragedy moves
from news to entertainment through the Live Aid concert. Part III: Selling
the Feeling, examines the Madison Avenue treatment for social problems.
Rent, $19.95 each part; Buy, $50.00 for entire series. MaryKnoll World
Productions, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Phone: 914.941.7590, ext. 308.
Two 30-minute reels of old educational and industrial films collected
by Richard Prelinger Associates. 800.331.6197. $39.95 each. See also,
Our Secret Century, below. Both available from The Voyager Company,
Inside Television News
(1990, 5-Part Series, 52 Min.) A behind-the-scenes look at broadcast
news. New Dimension Media, 85803 Lorane Highway, Eugene, OR 97495. 800-288-4456.
Magnetic Youth: Teen
Powered TV, one of the largest samplings of youth-produced video
ever assembled, available for exhibition and rental through LACE, 1804
Industrial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021. Write for catalog. 213-624-5650.
New Ideas for Television:
Ads to Make You Think. Pro-social, anti-consumerism ads by artists.
(1991, VHS, 7 Minutes). The Media Foundation, 1234 West 7th Ave., Vancouver
BC V6H 1B7, Canada. $20.
Our Secret Century:
From the Dark Side of the American Dream is a 12-part Voyager CD-ROM
composed of clips from ads, industrial and educational films from McCarthyism
through the Cold War. This dizzying and delightful kaleidoscope of America
popular culture was curated and produced by Richard Prelinger. The Voyager
Production Notes: Fast
Food for Thought. Jason Simon deconstructs a candy bar ad, complete
with comments by the ad executive. Excellent resource to teach about
the manufactured nature of media and advertising. 28 min. Rent, $50.
Buy, $200. VHS or 3/4". Preview available, $15 for one week. Video Data
Bank, The School for the Art Institute of Chicago, 112 South Michigan
Ave., Chicago, IL 60603. 312.345.3550. Fax: 312.541.8073.
If you only have resource money for one media education resource, this
is it! Five videotapes offer a rich database of 40 student-centered
video clips and print activities that stimulate students to become active
media users in a world awash in information. The creative teacher's
guide provides busy teachers with valuable tricks of the trade and classroom-tested
activities that fit easily across the regular curriculum and work in
tandem with the video. Available from the National Telemedia Council,
120 E. Wilson St., Madison, WI 608.757.7712. Or from the Center for
Media Literacy, 4727 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 403 Los Angeles, California
Spin. Pirated satellite
TV feeds reveal U.S. media personalities behind the scenes foibles during
the 1996 presidential election. Video Data Bank, The School for the
Art Institute of Chicago, 112 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603.
312.345.3550. Fax: 312.541.8073. Ask for complete Video Data Bank catalog.
BOOKMARKS: DIGITAL RESOURCES
for teaching about media
American Film Institute
Looking for media resources? The American Film Institute helps you search
online for media-related research and resources.
Association for Media,
Communication, and Cultural Studies.
AMCCS is the English professional association for individual academics
across the fields of media, communications and cultural studies.
Adbusters Culture Jammer's
Anti-consumerism, pro-social ads for students to analyze. Provocative
ads beg counter readings and encourage student discussion.
The home page of CAMEO, the Canadian Association of Media Education
Center for Media Literacy
The Center for Media Literacy in Los Angeles, CA offers a clearinghouse
of resources related to media education.
The FCC Home Page
http://www.fcc.gov/ The Federal
Communication Commission site provides information about regulation
of media industries.
The Freedom Forum Media
The Institute for Advanced
The Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research talks
about living in a digital age.
The Just Think Foundation
The Web Site of Just Think Foundation in California.
Media Awareness Network
A great site from Canada. Includes media literacy basics for all grade
levels. Good for finding video resources for media teaching.
This is a commercial site, but this one page of the site gives some
interesting facts on a timeline about the evolution of telecommunications
A media education journal from Australia.
The MEGA MEDIA-LINKS index contains thousands of film, video, radio,
television, cinema and new-media site listings conveniently categorized,
sub-categorized and cross-referenced with brief site descriptions.
Media Awareness Network
The Media Awareness Network offers information about teacher professional
development in media education, including a distance education course
from the University of Southampton.
MEDIA LAUNCHPAD provides links to Internet sites, documents and search
engines about media education. Developed in Canada by Neil Andersen.
The Media History Project
The Media History Project offers possibilities for classroom study of
media. Bruce Sterling's Dead Media Project is especially interesting.
Media Literacy Online
Project of the University of Oregon.
This site is the best. Absolutely the most thorough and informative
site in the United States. Linked to major media literacy organizations
and many resources.
Media Literacy Project
The Media Literacy Project in Japan.
The Media Workshop New York supports media educators to use new technologies.
The Minnesota Center
for the Arts
Of special interest to Media Educators is the Minnesota High School
for the Arts Program, listed under the "media" choice on the home page.
Point of View's Dissect
PBS's P.O.V. site on the 1996 campaign ads. Includes a teacher tool
The Professional Cartoonists
http://www.cagle.com and the
teacher's guide at http://cagle.com/teacher
If you are interested in the propaganda angle, this is your site.
A business page of listings for agencies that work in the Scottish film
Southwest Florida Public
Has an excellent list of media education resources on the Web
Trendy Interactive Magic
This isn't a media education site, per se, but is a lot of fun and showcases
University of Wales
The Media and Communication is a University of Wales, British-based
gateway to Web resources useful in the academic study of media and communication.
Visual Literacy Project
The Online Visual Literacy Project from Pomona College in California.
Rich Wilson's Communicator
This is a personal Home Page of Rich Wilson, but includes many interesting
Hands-On Web Resources
Cascadia Moving Images
The Cascadia Moving Images Association (CMIA) exists to encourage and
promote exploration and excellence in film, video, and multimedia production
in schools and among independent film and video producers.
Educational Video Center
The flag ship program for hands-on documentary production and school
reform in secondary education.
The Media Action Project
Many useful essays from the work of the Urban Prgramm Research Group,
University of Nottingham, England. Also previews the book, Schouten,
D. & Watling, R. (1998). Media Action Projects: A Model for Integrating
Video in Project-based Education, Training and Community Development
Video Production Course
Teacher Stephanie Rusnak has put her entire 9-Week curriculum for video
production on the Web! Includes desktop publishing and video. Daily
lesson plans and classroom handouts.
VidKids Media Literacy
Detailed lesson plans for creating media. Samples of student work. Designed
for younger children, but adaptable to older kids.
Young Media Partners
The site for child and youth media
Standards and Evaluation
Texas Knowledge and
Skills, Language Arts Viewing/Representing
This is the site for the Texas Knowledge and Skills standards for the
state of Texas. Media literacy related standards are buried deep, but
they are there. Here's how you find them: 1) go to this site and click
on the English, Language Arts and Reading link; 2) Click on any grade
level; 3) Media literacy is shown as "viewing/representing..." Use your
browser to find all the "viewing/representing" citations. These are
the media literacy standards for the state; 4) Go through the scope
and sequence and find "viewing/representing" for the grade you want
to see; 5) there is also a stand-alone choice for "Media Literacy" as
The media education site for the Center for Children and Technology
in New York City.
Articles on the Web
Related to Media Education
An interesting article on the subject of violence in media.
Cable in the Classroom
An archive of this magazine for K-12 teachers. CIC and its companion
magazine for parents, Better Viewing, has a long history of media education
articles and activities.
Christian Science Monitor
This is a link to a Christian Science Monitor Article on using film
study guides in the classroom. "Film Guides May Leave Students in the
Dark" by Mark Clayton. The article has a slightly disdainful tone about
the use of film guides, but should generate some important discussion.
Links to Articles by
on the Web
Access in a Digital
The Media Education
What Parents Can Do
The Appalshop School
Can Your Students Read
A Review of a Media Education Resource
Interview with Kathleen
Satran, A. (1998). An interview with Kathleen Tyner. (March). Design
MEDIA EDUCATION CENTERS
for Educators in North AmericaP> Appalshop
306 Madison St.
Whitesburg, KY 48158
Association for Media Literacy
40 McArthur St.
Weston, Ontario M9P 3M7
Center for Media Literacy
4727 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 403
Los Angeles, California 90010
Citizens for Media Literacy
38 1/2 Battery Park Ave., Ste. G
Asheville, NC 28001
Educational Video Center
55 E. 25th Street, Ste. 407
New York, New York 10010
The Media Foundation
1243 West 7th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6H 1B7
Media Workshop New York
333 W. 17th Street, Rm. 324
New York, NY 10011
National Telemedia Council
120 E. Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53703
Newspaper Association of
Newspapers in Education Program
Box 17407, Dulles Airport
Washington DC 20041