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Spotlight on Media Class 2: Review Exploring the World Through Media
Exploring the World Through Media • What does technology do? • gives us access to many types of media • What are some examples of devices that people use to get and share information? • MP3 players • radios • computers • TVs • cell phones
Exploring the World Through Media • What are some benefits of media that Sally tells her mom about? • helps to exercise her brain • teaches her about the world, including art, math, science, and history • What are some forms of media? • art • books • radio • TV • movies • the Internet
Exploring the World Through Media • What was the first type of media used by humans? • Art Cavemen painted pictures on cave walls. • How are cave paintings a form of media? • They helped humans share information in the form of stories. • How are books and paintings similar? • Both help people learn.
Exploring the World Through Media • How are radio, television, and the Internet better than books? • Sending and receiving information is faster and easier. • Millions of people can be reached at the same time. • Why is the Internet the most popular kind of media? • You can easily share information and communicate with people around the world. • What is social networking? • sharing information and connecting with friends on the Internet
Zooming In Class 3: Review TV: Producing Smiles Sharing Across the Seas and Reaching Around the Globe
TV: Producing Smiles • What did the Disney brothers do? • They drew cartoons and pictures and made them into TV shows and movies. • What did the Disney brothers do to make Mickey Mouse more appealing? • added color • gave him a funny, squeaky mouse voice
TV: Producing Smiles • What do children’s TV shows do for kids? • make them laugh • help them learn • teach them morals • Why do you think kids relate to the show “Hannah Montana”? • It talks about issues that young kids really have. • It teaches kids not to bully others and to be nice to each other. • It cheers up kids who feel like outcasts and shows how they can have fun with their friends at school.
Sharing Across the Seas and Reaching Around the Globe • What are two ways that people connect and exchange information on the Internet? • email • websites • What is a website? • a place on the Internet where a person can share information with others • What is a social networking website? • a place where people connect with their friends on the Internet
Sharing Across the Seas and Reaching Around the Globe • What are some examples of social networking websites? • Facebook • Myspace • Twitter • Why do you think social networking websites are so popular? • People want to tell stories, share pictures, and talk with friends, and social networking sites make it easy to do these things. • People can communicate with friends anywhere in the world. • What is special about each social networking site above? • myspace – add music to your homepage • facebook – invented the “Like” button • facebook – streamlined social networking, making it easy to do • twitter – only allowed to send messages that are shorter than 140 characters
Sharing Across the Seas and Reaching Around the Globe • What should be on a person’s homepage? • the person’s name • a picture • the person’s age/birthday • other basic information about the person • What else do people usually add to their homepages? • information and pictures telling others about themselves, including things that they like and dislike: sports, activities/hobbies, music, movies, books
Project a Project Guidelines Creating a TV Show Proposal
Project A: TV Show Producers • Although we watch TV for different reasons, most of us have a TV show that we like to watch each week. • It might be a show that makes you laugh or one that teaches you new things. It might be a cartoon or a show that features human actors. • This project is your chance to develop your very own TV show for kids. • It can be a cartoon that teaches young children a new language, or a TV show with real people, like “Hannah Montana.” • You also get to create a main character, the star of your TV show.
Project A: You will create the following: • a proposal for a new TV show for kids – your proposal should include the following: • a purpose: a goal or idea to get people interested in watching the show • a main character • the name of the show and a logo • a short presentation that describes your show
Project A: You will complete four steps: • Choose the type of TV show that you want to create and develop a main character. • Write a description of the show, including details about the purpose of the show and the type(s) of kids the show is designed for. • Create a name for your show. Include a logo. • Finalize your proposal for the class. *NOTE: If you do not wish to create a new TV show, you may do additional research on an existing TV show and write a proposal explaining how you would change it by adding a new character to the show.
Project A: Step 1: Choose your show. • Review “TV: Producing Smiles,” which discusses different types of TV shows, and Graphic Organizer A, where you filled out information about some of your favorite TV shows. • Now it’s time to come up with your own idea for a TV show for kids! • Remember that TV shows exist for a variety of reasons: • Some TV shows teach kids new things, like a language or science. • Other shows teach kids morals, such as the idea that stealing is bad.
Project A: Step 1: Choose your show. (continued) • What type of TV show do you want to make? ( ) an educational show that teaches kids about __________ ( ) a cartoon ( ) a drama for kids ( ) a show that teaches morals ( ) a quiz show ( ) other: _____________
Project A: Step 1: Choose your show. (continued) • Next, create a main character – or characters – for the show. • The character can be a cartoon or a real person. Also think about the following: How old is the character? Is the character a boy or girl? What is unique about the character? • Write your character’s name on the line on page 26. Then describe what he/she looks like and how he/she acts. • In the space on page 27, sketch a picture of your main character or attach a picture of what your character looks like. You will want to show your classmates what the main character looks like when you present your show to the class.
Project A: Step 2: Describe your show. • Mickey Mouse’s squeaky voice and the silly things that he does make people laugh. • What is the purpose of your show? How will you use your main character to accomplish this goal? • Now that you have some basic details about your show, it’s time to develop your idea a little bit more. • An episodeis one part of a larger story. Most TV shows have episodes of 30 or 60 minutes that air every week. An episode usually focuses on one theme or idea. All the episodes of a TV show that are shown throughout the year make up a season.
Project A: Step 2: Describe your show. (continued) • What will a typical episode of your TV show be like? • For example, if it is a travel show, will the main character discuss the history of famous landmarks in different countries? Will each episode focus on a different country? Will your show teach kids about the history of different cultures? • Who will most likely watch the show? • Is the show designed for kids of all ages? Is it for families to watch together, or is it mainly for teenagers? • Use the questions on page 28 and 29 to help you plan your TV show. • You do not need to answer the questions if they do not relate to your show. If you are not sure how to answer a question, look at the example answers in parentheses.
Project A: Step 3: Name your show. • Now that you’ve developed an idea for your show, it’s time to put the final touches on it. • Choose a name for your TV show and develop a logo, or picture, to represent the show. • The name you choose for your TV show should be something that makes it stand out; it should make people want to watch the show. It might be a descriptive name, such as a travel show called “Learning About the World One Country at a Time.” You might also choose something short and memorable, like “New Places.” • Write the name of your TV show on page 30.
Project A: Step 3: Name your show. (continued) • In addition to choosing a name, you may also decide to create a logo for your TV show. It could be a picture or symbol that accompanies the name of your show, or it could be the name of the show written in an interesting way. • For example, for the show “Hannah Montana,” the word “Hannah” appears in yellow and looks like the lights that you see at a concert. The word “Montana” is written below it in purple. • Just like a catchy TV show name, a logo will help people remember your show and get them interested in watching it. • Use the space on page 30 to create a logo for your TV show, or you might just want to come up with an interesting way to write the name of the show.
Project A: Step 4: Create your presentation. • Now that you have all the details of your show planned, it’s time to put everything together and create a presentation. • You must fully describe your new TV show idea and get everyone in the class interested in watching it. • In addition to describing the TV show, show your classmates the pictures of the main character and the logo. This will help them understand what the show is all about.
Project A: Step 4: Create your presentation. (continued) • Use the information from Step 2 to write the final proposal for your TV show (approximately 1-3 paragraphs). • Remember to describe the purpose of the show, the main character, any additional characters, and what a typical episode of your show will be like. • Look at the sample proposal on page 31 to help you get started.
Project A: Step 4: Create your presentation. (continued) • Write what you want to say about your show on page 32. • Draw the main character(s) and the logo on a large piece of paper. • You can show this while you present your proposal. This will help grab the attention of your audience and help them remember your show. • Your poster might look something like the example on page 32.
Project A: Presentation Tips • Practice reading your presentation out loud so that you sound natural when you present the show to the class. • Be enthusiastic and make your proposal stand out: Use interesting and exciting descriptions. • Connect with your audience by speaking clearly and keeping eye contact. • Show the logo and the main character(s).
Project B Project Guidelines Customizing a Homepage
Project B: Staying Connected • A social networking website is a place where you can share information about yourself and connect with other people. • Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace are popular social networking websites that let users make their very own homepages. • A homepage is the most important part of a person’s social networking site. A homepage is full of fun details, information, and pictures of the person who created it. • The purpose of a homepage is to let those who visit your homepage learn more about you. • Refer back to “Sharing Across the Seas and Reaching Around the Globe.” You learned about social networking and homepages that allow people to share personal information with other people. • What types of information do you want to share on your homepage?
Project B: You will create the following: • a homepage on a large piece of poster board – your homepage poster should include the following: • a picture of you (printed or hand drawn) • a profile that includes information about you to share with the rest of the world • status updates about your life
Project B: You will complete four steps: • Add a picture of yourself (printed or hand drawn). • Create a profile that lets people who visit your homepage learn more about your hobbies and interests. Include personal details, hobbies, and pictures. • Add interesting status updates that let people know what you’ve been up to recently. These may include places that you visited or fun things that you did. • Assemble the pieces of your profile on a poster board. *NOTE: If you want to include additional things on your homepage that were not mentioned in “Sharing Across the Seas and Reaching Around the Globe,” such as music or unique and interesting backgrounds, you may do additional research on social networking websites.
Project B: Step 1: Choose a picture of yourself. • Homepages let people learn more about you. What better way to show people who you are than with a picture of yourself! • Make sure you choose a special picture of yourself to use as your profile picture. • Different types of pictures may show different aspects of your personality. • A picture of you at the beach tells people that you probably enjoy the sun, swimming, and summer. A picture of you on vacation tells people that you like to travel. • Consider what you want people to know about you and select a picture that showcases that part of your personality. Just remember that the photo will be featured on your page for everyone to see, so choose carefully. • Don’t have the perfect picture for your profile? You may also draw your own picture in the space provided on page 35.
Project B: Step 2: Create a profile. • The profile is the part of your homepage that tells people about you, starting with some basic information. • Fill in the template on page 36 to start making your profile. Remember that every homepage is unique and different. • If there is information on the template that you do not want to include in your profile, skip it. If there is something that you want to include but do not see listed, add the information on the lines marked Other. • Refer to the graphic organizer where you listed different categories of information that can be included on a homepage. • Choose a couple of categories of information that you want to include in your profile, such as your favorite movies or hobbies, and fill in the boxes on page 37. (One has been completed as an example.)
Project B: Step 3: Add status updates. • Most homepages allow users to tell their friends more about their daily activities. Users can write short messages, or status updates. In fact, Twitter users are only able to communicate with other people through status updates. • A status update is a short message on your homepage that tells people what you’ve been doing. Status updates often describe where you are or who you’re hanging out with. • For example, you can write “I’m on my way to school.” You can also post pictures next to your status updates. For example, you can post “at the mall with my family” and include a picture of your family shopping or a picture of pretty pair of shoes you want to buy. • Updates also let visitors to your homepage know your thoughts and opinions. • For example, you can post an update that says, “I just finished reading ‘The Hunger Games,’ and I loved it!”
Project B: Step 3: Add status updates. (continued) • Status updates are generally organized by the day and time that they were written. • An update that you add today will appear higher on the list than an update that you posted yesterday. • What types of status updates do you want to include on your homepage? • In the space on page 39, let your friends know what you’ve been doing with some status updates. • Remember that status updates are generally very brief and short. Don’t forget to include the time and date that you made the status update. Put the most recent update at the top. You may even choose to include pictures.
Project B: Step 4: Create your homepage. • Now that you’ve created all the pieces of your homepage, it’s time to put everything together. • The name and picture of the person who created the homepage are generally near the top; however, your homepage may be as unique as you want it to be. • The pieces of your homepage can be placed however you think they look best. • Assemble all the pieces so that people looking at your homepage can learn about you. • An example of how your homepage may look has been provided on page 40.