[Media-L] High school teacher has urgent inquiry
RKBlechman at aol.com
RKBlechman at aol.com
Mon Jan 12 14:43:25 MST 2009
You might begin by using the term "Media Fluency" rather than "Media
Literacy." The word "literacy" is text-biased and assumes that all other media
besides print are variants of texts and all we need to do is learn how properly
to "read" them. In fact, non-text media, (audio, video, film, computer and
oral performances) confront the student (and teacher) with completely differing
epistemologies than text and should be approached with differing assumptions
and differing tools for analysis.
For core Media Fluency principles, I would start with The Bias of
Communication by Harold Innis, Preface to Plato by Eric Havelock and Orality and
Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word by Walter J. Ong. I would include The
Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan and Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil
Robert K. Blechman
St. George's University
In a message dated 1/12/2009 4:11:53 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
susan at medialiteracy.com writes:
Dear Media-L colleagues,
I received this inquiry yesterday from a high school teacher in Nebraska,
where ML standards are weak. If you can help her on short notice (today Monday
or early Tuesday) with some ideas, please respond directly to her (copied
above, or below).
I have "fought" and won to keep our Analysis of Mass Media class in the high
school as we write new curriculum. We are keeping the focus on media
literacy and will change the course name to match that direction. The course is
taught mainly to seniors. My question: What would you suggest as our main
objectives / outcomes for the course. We will need about four.
I have done a lot of research and have participated in workshops, including
the New Mexico Literacy project. I will write some grants in hopes of having
money to either visit with professionals or participate in more workshops.
However, I just found out the I am writing with two other teachers from outside
of my building on 1/13/08. We will have to present our objectives / outcomes
by the end of the day. Once person has never even taught the class, so I
would really appreciate having a professional opinion as I enter the process. Do
you have any suggestions that will be good for this class? Our state
standards are weak (Nebraska). I am a BIG advocate of media literacy!
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