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for Teaching About Media in the K-12 Classroom

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 available.

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 0-7747-0551-5.

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. or Email: $17.95.

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. 333-770-1220. $26.50.

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. $14.95.

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: Website:

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 quantity).

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. $24.

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:

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. 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. ISBN: 0-9117846-33-8.

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, NY 10012.

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: Check out the website to preview this book.

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, Md 21658.

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, Winter:(16): 42-49.

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: ORDERS@ERLBAUM.COM

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 Co.

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: Westview Press.

Postman, Neil (1992). Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. New York: Alfred Knopf Publishers.

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 Press.

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: ORDERS@ERLBAUM.COM

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.

Better Viewing. A magazine for parents that encourages smart viewing. 800.216.2225. Subscription, $18.

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.

English Journal. 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, 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.

Media Matters. 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.

Telemedium. Newsletter 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.

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:

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 Classroom. 800.216.2225.

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, MA 02110.

TV Smarts for Kids. A free video from Girl Scouts USA and the National Cable Television Association. Check out the press release at

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. 415.621.6196.

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.

Aristotle Industries 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 10551. 914.667.9400.

Cannes International 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.

Color Adjustment. 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. $99.

Consuming Hunger. 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.

Ephemeral Films. 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, 212.431.5999.

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. $125.

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 Company, 212.431.5999.

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.

Scanning Television. 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 90010. 800-226-9494.

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.

for teaching about media

General Resources

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 Headquarters Anti-consumerism, pro-social ads for students to analyze. Provocative ads beg counter readings and encourage student discussion.

CAMEO The home page of CAMEO, the Canadian Association of Media Education Organizations.

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 The Federal Communication Commission site provides information about regulation of media industries.

The Freedom Forum Media Studies Center

The Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research 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.

MediaOne This is a commercial site, but this one page of the site gives some interesting facts on a timeline about the evolution of telecommunications media.

Media3 A media education journal from Australia.

Mega Media-Links 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 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 in Japan The Media Literacy Project in Japan.

Media Workshop 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 an Ad
PBS's P.O.V. site on the 1996 campaign ads. Includes a teacher tool kit.

The Professional Cartoonists Index and the teacher's guide at

Propaganda Page If you are interested in the propaganda angle, this is your site.

Scottish Screen A business page of listings for agencies that work in the Scottish film industry.

Southwest Florida Public TV 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 interactive technologies.

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 Page This is a personal Home Page of Rich Wilson, but includes many interesting media links.

Hands-On Web Resources

Cascadia Moving Images Association 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 (1998).

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 Program 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 Web Resources

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 an elective. The media education site for the Center for Children and Technology in New York City.

Articles on the Web
Related to Media Education

Atlantic Monthly 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 Kathleen Tyner
on the Web

Access in a Digital Age

The Media Education Elephant

What Parents Can Do

The Appalshop School Initiative

Implementation: The Next Step

Can Your Students Read TV?

Scanning Television: A Review of a Media Education Resource

Interview with Kathleen Tyner Satran, A. (1998). An interview with Kathleen Tyner. (March). Design Science Journal.

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
Fax: 213.931.4474

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
Canada 604.736.9401

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 America
Newspapers in Education Program
Box 17407, Dulles Airport
Washington DC 20041