Massachusetts is Leading the Media Literacy Charge

Welcome to the Labragirl Film Project’s weekly film literacy discussion. Every Monday we provide a resource, activity, or methodological conversation to help you bring film analysis into your classroom. This week we want to bring attention to a Massachusetts organization that is leading the charge to make media literacy a mandatory part of Massachusetts’ educational standards.

The Massachusetts Media Literacy Consortium (MMLC) is doing everything from creating educational curriculum to supporting legislation to help make media literacy a part of every Massachusetts student’s education.

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Media Literacy Is Making a Move

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The MMLC is dedicated to bringing media literacy to the Massachusetts educational system.

It’s an exciting time for the media literacy movement as the Massachusetts legislature debates a bill that would:

. . .equip students with the knowledge and skills for accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating and participating in the 21st century media culture, and to ensure students develop the independent thinking and critical analysis skills needed to navigate the messages of a media-saturated world, the department of elementary and secondary education shall authorize and assist in the implementation of programs on teaching media literacy. To read the full bill click here.

Thank you for all that you are doing to promote media literacy, MMLC.

Does your school include media literacy?

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Check out the MMLC’s Facebook page here.

Or, join their twitter conversation here.

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Media Literacy & Classroom Technology

Welcome to the Labragirl Film Project’s weekly film literacy discussion. Every Monday we provide a resource, activity, or methodological conversation to help you bring film analysis into your classroom. This week we look at a video produced by Edutopia that talks about technology in the modern educational process.

Edutopia is run by The George Lucas Educational Foundation, an organization that aims to improve K-12 learning by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative strategies that enable students to succeed in the classroom.

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The Modern Teacher & Technology

When used in an innovative manner, technology has the potential to reinforce critical thinking skills and enable students to be active participants in their own education.

When you create you take ownership of your learning. You understand it in a very different way. . .

—Adam Bellow, Outstanding Young Educator of the Year, ISTE 2011.

What are your thoughts?  

Do you use technology in your classroom?

Would you like to bring a Labragirl Film Project film production & film analysis camp to your students? Click here.

For information about Edutopia and integrated studies: Click here.

You can also find Edutopia on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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Language of the Screen

Welcome to the Labragirl Film Project’s weekly film literacy discussion. Every Monday morning Labragirl provides a resource, activity, or methodological discussion to help incorporate film analysis into your classroom. This week the Labragirl Film Project’s classroom resource suggestion is an organization that will helps connect educators and also provides educational resources for teachers.

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Labragirl Recommends Edutopia

Edutopia is an educational website published by the non-profit organization, The George Lucas Educational Foundation.  This website and organization aim to improve K-12 learning by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative strategies that prepare students to flourish in their education. Included in this approach is media and film literacy.

“When people talk to me about the digital divide, I think of it not so much about who has access to what technology as about who knows how to create and express themselves in the new language of the screen. If students aren’t taught the language of sound and images, shouldn’t they be considered as illiterate as if they left college without being able to read and write?”

George Lucas, filmmaker (Sept.2004, Edutopia, Life on the Screen)

George Lucas. Filmmaker & founder of The George Lucas Educational Foundation. {Click on image for source information.}

Multi-Media Approach to Education

One of Edutopia‘s core concepts is integrated studies; combining two or more academic subjects helps reinforce connections and develop a deeper understanding of the material. Take a look at Edutopia‘s video about the concept of multi-media integrated studies in public schools and how this approach helps students move beyond the traditional academic setting.

For information about Edutopia and integrated studies: Click here.

You can also find Edutopia on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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“The Story of Movies”

Welcome to the Labragirl Film Project’s weekly film literacy discussion. Every Monday morning Labragirl provides a resource, activity, or methodological discussion to help incorporate film analysis into your classroom. This week the Labragirl Film Project’s classroom resource suggestion is an organization that will help your students gain an appreciation for classic films. ———————————————————————————————————————–

Labragirl Recommends The Film Foundation

Established in 1990 by film director Martin Scorsese, The Film Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the history of film. Click here to read the organization’s complete mission statement.

Middle School Curriculum

In addition, The Film Foundation’s The Story of Movies project strives to educate students about film literacy.  The Story of Movies is an interdisciplinary curriculum that introduces students to classic cinema as well as the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of film.

For more information check out The Story of Movies website.

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