But Eric,
"media literacy" is not on the NECAP!
excuse the SARCASM..but I'm getting a 'tired'  from the battle that schools not meeting AYP have to fight to get ANYTHING else added to the curriculum
I totally agree with YOU that we MUST teach Media Literacy.  The web is getting more and more commercial and its almost impossible to find any information without having to sort through  real information, "sponsored Links", and advertisement.
Actually... a school  that does a great job with Media Literacy is Waitsfield.
I highly recommend the Media Literacy for Educators  course Kay Marcelle and Rob Williams teach on Media Literacy.  I really enjoyed and learned quite a bit about media literacy curriculum and strategies.
I believe Rob also does work with schools as an "artist in residence" type progam.

On Sun, Mar 29, 2009 at 8:30 PM, Eric Hall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Along these lines, we are beginning to investigate how to incorporate Media Literacy into our 5th-8th grade programs. Not only do we need to help our students filter and interpret the messages with which they are bombarded (be it text or video), but we would also like them to effectively create their own messages through media. Two sides of the same coin?


on 3/29/09 6:27 PM, Lucie deLaBruere wrote:

Warning:  I'm not sure I'm making a point here.  Just thinking out loud and wondering about a trend I'm seeing in how we seek information.
I had a revelation recently to how much YOU TUBE has infiltrated the way young people seek information.  I guess I knew kids liked browse "you tube"  for entertainment videos,  but recently I've come to realize that more and more are using it as their first source for seeking information.   
You know how the language went from "look it up on the Internet"  to "Google it" -- well I'm predicting "you tube it"  it not that far away.
More and more I'm hearing from kids "I learned it on You Tube;  you can learn anything on youtube.
Had a 7th grade girl tell me that her laptop works much better now that they reformatted it.  I asked her how she learned that - "you tube" she responded.
I proceeded to ask her questions about how she knew that the creator of that video knew what s/he was doing?  etc. etc. etc.
This is not an isolated case.  I know a 8th grader who has been teaching himself to play the piano via You Tube. 
If you've been assigned to read "All Quiet on the Western Front"  for social studies class, you no longer have to find the Cliff Notes if you're behind in you're reading.  There are 354 videos including the full classic movie chunked up in 200 videos.
As an educator who believes in teaching to the many varied modalities,  I'm glad that students are finding their learning style and seeking information presented in a way that they learn best. 
BUT I'm also worried  about how much harder it will become to teach READING strategies if kids no longer practice those strategies.
I met a literacy teacher who is now starting to use You Tube to show students how to use the Vermont Reads Institute Reading Strategies in both text and video modality. 
He told me of a recent assignment where students were assigned to watch the Abbot and Costello Video on You Tube and listen slowly enough to be able to document the position of all the players.
Can we build a levy to hold back what appears to be a growing wave?
Or do we need to add teaching students to understand "author's purpose"  and credibility of the author  of the increase in video sources the same way we have accepted that "wikipedia"  or the Internet will be their primary way of seeking information. 
I am  afraid that we will see a  decrease in the ability to decode text and more literacy challenges when it comes to processing print,  but I'm not sure that we can stop this trend.

On Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 11:34 PM, [log in to unmask]" target="_blank">[log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]" target="_blank">[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I just saw a comerical advertisement on yt for "The Haunting in CT." (on the main page).   Some child had a black smokey spirit going in and out of his mouth... pretty disturbing.  I'm sure that yt edu would not put that up, but I did notify staff at our school, to be careful about ads.  The advertisement is no longer on yt's main page.

On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 10:25 AM, Joseph Thibault <[log in to unmask]" target="_blank">[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi list, 

With the announcement of Youtube Edu <> , are any schools that currently block YT thinking of lifting the ban or relaxing the filter?  Just curious this is as much for my own knowledge than anything else and I'd be grateful for your comments/replies off list or on (if worthy).  

Thanks and have a great weekend, 


Lucie deLaBruere

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