AAMA Media Ed Newsletter #13 – For AAMA Members

Here is the 13th Edition of AAMA’s Media Education Newsletter. Highlights in this issue include:

* A summary report on Dr. Phil McRae’s address as our keynote speaker during our Annual General Meeting in May 2010.
* Best and latest media literacy teaching resources.
* An Alberta student’s award winning Grade 12 essay on the topic “Facing Up To Facebook: How Does The Traditional Newspaper Survive?”
* Summary Book Reviews: “Teaching History With Film: Strategies for Secondary Social Studies” and “Sportscasters/Sportscasting: Principles and Practices”.
* Article: “Research Shows Even Young Children Be Branded”

and much, much more…
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Summer Institute @ Ithaca College, NY

This is an intensive, week-long media literacy course for teachers, support staff, college faculty, and other professionals working with students in an educational setting. Participants receive training in the theory and practice of media literacy, learn applications for digital technology, and work individually with a Project Look Sharp “coach” to develop and implement a media literacy . . . → Read More: Summer Institute @ Ithaca College, NY

4th Global Conference on Visual Literacies

This interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding visual literacy in regard to theory and praxis. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in the fields of education, visual arts, fine arts, literature, philosophy, psychology, critical theory and theology. These disciplines are indicative only as papers are welcomed from any area, profession and . . . → Read More: 4th Global Conference on Visual Literacies

Canada’s First Online Media Literacy Course

Athabasca University, a world leader in distance learning, is announcing the long-awaited availability of a media education course designed specifically for teachers of grades 7 to 12 along with students of media and communication programs.

Titled Understanding Media Literacy: Inside Plato’s Cave, the course will initially be provided as a summer course running between July 5 and . . . → Read More: Canada’s First Online Media Literacy Course

World Summit on Media for Children and Youth

June 14-18; 2010 — World Summit on Media for Children and Youth — “Challenges in Young People’s World of Communication” — Karlstad, Sweden

The Summit will be held in Karlstad, Sweden and will host 2,000 delegates from 100 countries and feature the world’s leading experts on children and media. The event will offer opportunities to network, to . . . → Read More: World Summit on Media for Children and Youth

Web 3.0 at AAMA 2010 AGM

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Philip McRae

On May 11, 2010, members of AAMA were provided with the opportunity to learn about the possible new ways the Internet will affect our lives during Dr. Philip McRae’s keynote presentation Web 3.0: Are You Ready To Dive In?

Holding a cell phone, Dr. McRae speaks about how the Internet is . . . → Read More: Web 3.0 at AAMA 2010 AGM

Killing Us Softly — Round 4

In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging . . . → Read More: Killing Us Softly — Round 4

Has Airbrushing Gone Too Far?

UK University of Lincoln student paper The Linc has an interesting article by Stacey Cosens, asking if airbrushing is creating unachievable beauty. An excerpt:

It is a common tool used in the media industry, but certain evidence suggests that airbrushing may have gone too far. We are bombarded with images of the ‘perfect body’ in . . . → Read More: Has Airbrushing Gone Too Far?

AAMA Media Ed Newsletter #12 – For AAMA Members

Here is the 12th Edition of our Media Education and Awareness Newsletter. Highlights include…

* Athabasca University to deliver Canada’s first on-line media education course.
* Summary: “Is airbrushing creating unbelievable beauty?”
* Measuring students’ digital literacy.
* Can posting an Internet link land you in court?
* Reseach: Girls abandon dolls for high-tech toys.

And much, much more…
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Why Do News Stories Get Buried Or Disseminated Widely?

When I received an email about the building of the Russian Teardrop Memorial in New York, I was a bit skeptical since I had heard nothing about such an important event. I immediately went to Snopes to check whether it was correct and found out that it was.

Today I Googled “Teardrop Memorial” and found many other . . . → Read More: Why Do News Stories Get Buried Or Disseminated Widely?