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Media Education/Literacy


Media Education/Literacy

I'm partial to Media Education, but the more popular conceptualization of these issues is Media Literacy. Join here do discuss these educational movements.

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Comment by Matt Finch on October 1, 2015 at 10:53am

Hi all, just to say the State Library of Queensland in Australia has just launched a free online comic maker which I've blogged about here at MCPOP -

It's part of a bigger festival of arts and sciences which includes simultaneous events embracing performance, play, physical and digital events - running in public libraries across London -

The comic maker is designed to take the fear out of making comics and focus more on sequential storytelling than being brilliant and drawing. A useful, gentle activity for getting people to work on visual-verbal communication. Worth checking out!

Comment by Ryan Goble on November 26, 2014 at 9:45am

Matt - can you post that up in the discussion section so we don't lose your worst / best song ever?

Comment by Matt Finch on October 27, 2014 at 2:23am

"The Worst Song I Ever Loved" is a challenge which involves listening to pop music, reading music journalism, and formulating your own critical and personal response to a particular tune from your past or present.

I published a short writeup over at the Music discussion group and there's a full exploration of this activity, with "how-to" and related resour...

Comment by Suzanne Lustie on August 16, 2014 at 4:05pm
Thirty years or not--you are learning and growing with your kids, awesome, thanks for sharing.
Comment by Mike Gange on August 16, 2014 at 2:59pm

Suite Success: From A-Plus to A-Sharp

By Mike Gange


This year I did something in my classroom I have never done before. And it turned out so well, I am wondering why I never grabbed onto this idea in the 30 years I have been teaching.


I love music. The very first song I can remember is Sam Cooke’s “You send me,” a 1957-release. I was a year old when it was on the radio.


This year, my media studies class was scheduled for Period One, 8:30 a.m.  Second semester is particularly deadly with Grade-12-itis. The kids are cocky but lethargic, sometimes sullen and many thinking they are closer to graduating than they really are. These grade 12s would straggle in, half-awake, blinking in the light as if they had just crawled out of a cave. Part way through the term I decided to do something about this lethargy, which was spreading through the class like a sleeping sickness.


I went back to the personal inventory index cards they had completed on the first day of class. I picked their favorite music and musicians from the cards. Then I started to play the music they said they liked, finding a way to tie the song into the lesson of the day. I always write the agenda for the class on the chalkboard at the front of the room. This time, I wrote the Song of the Day first, then the agenda.


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Comment by Faith Rogow on February 2, 2014 at 8:31am

A grant opportunity for your favorite librarian to add graphic novels to their collection:

Comment by Michele Vogt-Schuller on July 20, 2013 at 4:09pm

A really fun article about the interconnectedness of the Pixar universe. Might be good for a convergence culture discussion.

Comment by Enzo Corsetti on January 19, 2013 at 2:27pm

Thanks, Ryan! I've already posted my first info in the discussion forum, while here I found it appropriate to introduce myself at least. See you soon :)

Comment by Ryan Goble on January 18, 2013 at 2:35pm

Enzo, that is great that you're sharing your resources. Do consider posting (copying and pasting) info about your sites above in the discussion forum - that way your materials can be found over time. Things on the wall tend to get buried.

Great to have more Italians in the mix and wonderful to have you here!


Comment by Enzo Corsetti on January 18, 2013 at 1:32pm

Hello educators! I’ve just heard of this community and I’m little known in the international media literacy field, so let me introduce myself briefly… I’m a communication analyst and sociologist (not-academic) from Italy, currently committed to media education practices and recently experienced in working on American contents, as you can see through my internet spaces and mentions. My English is not yet very good, but I hope my posts and replies will be clear and useful, when we will share opinions, topics (Frank already suggested I post a mention about my last work) and resources. My best regards to all!


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