media literacy

Teach Media Literacy with Super Bowl Ads – Education Article

(Updated for 2019) By Frank W. Baker For many years, I have hosted a web page, “Using Super Bowl Ads In The Classroom,” because I wanted to help educators who haven’t thought about using these popular culture texts in instruction. You might notice that I use the word “texts.” TV and other video commercials should be considered as texts because they present information that students can learn to scrutinize closely (analyze) and deconstruct. In fact, the National Council of Teachers…

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(Critically) Reading the News: Empowering Citizens in the Age of Disinformation – Education Article

By Michael Ryan Bulosan Xavier School The Disinformation Drama Disinformation has become prevalent in contemporary society in the wake of changes in information production, distribution and consumption brought about by new media technologies. Production practices specifically for news have changed drastically because of these innovations. In particular, these innovations that are disrupting the traditional flow of information from journalists to audience are: technologies such as blogging which have allowed new voices in public discourse (Fleming, 2012); mobile communication devices which…

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Using Numbers in the News to Teach Media Literacy – Education Article

Some years ago a survey revealed the news themes that relied most on numbers to generate reader interest. Among top stories were those about the monthly Consumer Product Index, the stock market ups and downs, and seasonal sports statistics. If you’re a math educator, perhaps you’ve already used some of these data sources, or others, to hook your students with “real world applications.” As a media educator, I found that list of the most “number-focused” news stories to be lacking…

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