Challenging Students: Film and Media Literacy For 21st Century Learning Frank Baker media educator [email protected] Media Literacy Clearinghouse http://www.frankwbaker.com
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With the advent and popularity of YouTube,
Current TV, and similar venues, young people have become media producers. DIY (do it yourself)
Middle Ground: October 2006 Focus On Film:Learning It Through Through The Movies
Who says movies aren't valuable instructional tools? When students are engaged with the content through a medium they love, they learn better and retain more.
What is your favorite scene from a film
Toto pulls back the curtain: Wizard of Oz
"Of all art forms, film is the one that gives the greatest illusion of authenticity...of truth...A motion picture takes a viewer inside where real people are supposedly doing real things...We assume there is a certain verisimilitude, a certain authenticity, but there is always some degree of distortion."
Annette Insdorf, film historian (author of Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust) quoted in the documentary "Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust"
"Movies are a door to knowledge--about society, about prejudice, about history, about art --and teachers are eager for someone to help them make the link between education and film."Margaret Bodde, The Story of Movies/The Film Foundation
"nonprint texts are an essential part of students' reading experience. . . . “
The National Council for Teachers of
English/International Reading Assn.
Standards for the English Language
National Standards for the English Language Artssponsored by NCTE & IRA6. Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts. Source:http://www.ncte.org/standards/standards.shtml
Source: recommendations of ArtsEdge (the National Arts and
Education Network, a program of the Kennedy Center)
Media literacy advocates that we teach
not only analysis of media, but also
production of media
So, what do we want students tolearn from film?…or, in other words, why use film in the middle grades classroom?
“If video is how we are communicating and persuading in this new century, why aren't more students writing screenplays as part of their schoolwork?”
Heidi Hayes JacobEd Consultant
Thelanguages of film:Cameras: lens position movementLightsSound (includes music)EditingSet Design
Use of a dissolve
“passage of time”
In what ways does the director use techniques which make us, the viewer, believe what we see is actual Civil Rights footage?
Australia’s SCREEN EDUCATION
Cameras in Narnia How the Lion,
The Witch and the Wardrobe
Came to Life
Michael Wiese Productions