What is Media Literacy?
Media are powerful forces in the lives of youth. Music, TV, video games, magazines and other media all have a strong influence on how we see the world, an influence that often begins in infancy. To be engaged and critical media consumers, kids need to develop skills and habits of media literacy. These skills include being able to access media on a basic level, to analyze it in a critical way based on certain key concepts, to evaluate it based on that analysis and, finally, to produce media oneself. This process of learning media literacy skills is media education.
The importance of media education in Canada can be seen through the inclusion of media literacy outcomes in provincial and territorial curricula. But defining exactly what media education and media literacy are – and how best to integrate them into the classroom – isn’t always straightforward.
This section has been created to clarify what media literacy is all about, and to offer practical suggestions to help you make media education happen
Continue reading at: Media Literacy Fundamentals | MediaSmarts
Media educators base their teaching on key concepts of media literacy, which provide an effective foundation for examining mass media and popular culture. These key concepts act as filters that any media text has to go through in order for us to respond. To help teachers introduce these to elementary students, MediaSmarts has partnered with Companies Committed to Kids (formerly Concerned Children’s Advertisers) to develop a suite of videos on each of the key concepts. Each video is accompanied by a lesson plan that reiterates the main ideas from the videos and helps students expand and apply what they’ve learned. Media Minute Introduction: What is media anyway?
Continue reading at: Media Literacy 101 | MediaSmarts
Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.
Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Kimberlee Acquaro. With Christina Aguilera, Michele Bachmann, Chris Baker, Krystal Ball.
Read more at: Miss Representation (2011) – IMDb
Given the world we live in, there is simply no way to stop kids from talking about, seeing and enjoying what are clearly overwhelmingly gender biased stories being told by their entertainment media, movies (and related derivative products) in particular. As I recently couldn’t help but point out, in this seasons round of must see family movies only Breaking Dawn has a female lead. Yup, an insanely compelling, masochistic, teen-abstinence-poster-child, vampire-to-be gal.
The thing is, I gobble up these movies like chocolate and my kids really enjoy watching them, too. Most of the ones we see together are fun, thrilling, beautiful to watch and, if we’re lucky, well-written. The fact that most stories are told from a male perspective (for example, 75% of speaking roles are held by males) and that my three children are girls is irrelevant. They, like most girls and women, have grown up empathizing with male heroes and stories and ignoring the marginalization of their gender. If they refused to see “a boy’s movie” with the same disdain and scorn that many boys show for “a girl’s movie” we would rarely walk into a theatre.
Continue reading: 5 Ways to Help Boys and Girls Understand Sexism in Movies | Soraya Chemaly
La cinquième édition de la Semaine éducation médias canadienne explore la représentation des sexes dans les médias. Le Projet mondial de monitorage des médias (GMMP) représente la recherche la plus étendue et la plus substantielle au monde portant sur le genre dans les médias d’information. Son rapport est paru récemment. Une occasion de plus pour inscrire l’éducation aux médias dans le temps scolaire.
Le Réseau Éducation médias (1) et la Fédération canadienne des enseignants et enseignantes (FCE) (2) organisent actuellement la Semaine éducation médias 2010. Elle se déroule à travers tout le Canada jusqu’au 5 novembre. Selon le site Internet de la Semaine , l’événement sert « à promouvoir la maîtrise de l’éducation aux médias comme une composante clé de l’éducation des jeunes. »
Continuez à lire: Genres et médias : une Semaine et une étude | presse à l’école