TV? It's so over

Rhodri Marsden's article in The Independent on why it's goodbye to the goggle-box and hello to a host of new ways to watch your favourite shows

Bewegte Bilder zaubern

Using video and computers in class.

Table of contents: 

Introduction: Living in a digital age
Working with video and media literacy
How to do it
Practical examples

System requirements: 
Acrobat Reader

The New Mexico Media Literacy Project

Media literacy - the ability to critically consume and create media - is an essential skill in today's world. Media literacy education seeks to give kids and adults greater freedom by empowering them to access, analyze, evaluate and produce media.

Table of contents: 

Why media literacy?
Media literacy concepts
Text & Subtext
The language of persuasion
Deconstructing media
Deconstruction gallery
Creating counter-ads
Looking beyond the frame
Making media
Independent media
Taking action

System requirements: 

Non-optimal uses of video in the classroom

This paper examines some instructional practices concerning the non-optimal uses of video, films and other mass media in the K–12 classroom. Based on a six-year process of observing and interviewing teachers regularly in two school districts in Massachusetts, USA, this paper presents a typology of seven common patterns of non-optimal media use, instructional practices that diminish or weaken the value of film and video viewing as a learning tool. A telephone survey was conducted with a purposive sample of 130 middle-school and high-school teachers to provide additional evidence concerning teacher perceptions of the frequency of their colleagues’ non-optimal use of video. Teachers in the USA report that their colleagues frequently use media for non-educational purposes, including to fill time, to keep students quiet, as a break from learning, or as a reward for good behavior. The implications of non-optimal media use are considered in light of renewed interest in integrating media literacy into K–12 instruction.






Renee Hobbs, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA




15 pages


Virtual E-Race-ing Through Digital Discoveries: Rediscovering History Through Media Education

This study showcases best practice in the social studies curriculum, focuses on unmasking the media education in teacher education programs through the process of producing video documentaries with minimal resources and equipment.

This study focuses the participatory research based on an online course called, “Rediscovering History through Media Education.” Teachers redesigned their curriculum integrating new media and technologies. This study provides a model for teaching and learning through media education. It involves researching online resources, deconstructing curriculum, and creating documentaries and oral history projects. It especially provides research based examples, resources and tools for integrating media production into social studies curriculum. This paper offers creative strategies for producing new media and technologies in social studies curriculum with limited resources and equipment; and showcase participants' multimedia projects. This research promotes literacy through media production in teacher education, describes teacher candidates' reactions, discoveries, and experiences with media, and showcases their multimedia projects. It is based on the participatory research conducted on teaching media
production classes and investigated over one hundred educators in seven different states. "

A blog also exists:






American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) URL:


4 pages


Selectie van de testlaboratoria - Digitale fototoestellen - Zomer 2008

FNAC lists differences, advantages & disadvantages of a numerous amount of digital cameras (not camcorders)

Technology, Video Gaming, and the Future of Schools

"Literacy In Digital Technology Is The New Generation Gap"
K-12 schools often find themselves resisting the latest technologies in order to preserve their existing methods of teaching and learning. When students begin to use cell phones, iPods, instant messaging, social networking sites, or massively multiplayer gaming, schools often respond with bans and filters to restrict student use. But students don’t stop finding innovative uses for the new technologies--they just do it outside of school. As a result, teachers and school leaders keep the integrity of their instructional programs but continue to fall behind the technological learning curve, and find it more difficult to integrate new learning tools in their classrooms.

Filme im Unterricht spielerisch erschließen

Ideas about working with movies in class.

Table of contents: 

about 20 ideas for the usage of video in class including copy templates

System requirements: 
Acrobat Reader

Project Look Sharp

An initiative to promote and support the integration of media literacy into classroom curricula at all grade levels and instructional areas, as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of media literacy education in the schools.

System requirements: 
Adobe Reader


"Brightstorm is an online learning network for teens, teachers and parents. We founded the company with the belief that great learning starts with great teaching and wanted to give every student the opportunity to learn from the world's best teachers. We've assembled recognized teachers from around the country to develop video-based classes, offered in short, personalized formats that map to the way teens consume digital content. Each of our courses cover the core topics commonly taught in high school subjects across the United States and are designed to help high school students in classes where they need additional help in order reach their full potential and do better in school. Our courses complement in-school learning - helping teens fill in gaps and cement their knowledge to improve grades.

For students, they're given the choice of teachers and the opportunity to learn from some of the best teachers. With an on-demand format, students can go at their own pace, choose their own order, and easily jump to any section in the video to parallel their own class to tailor to their own learning needs. Each course includes interactive quizzes, facts as well as bonus materials like practice problems and study guides that they use with the videos to gain a deeper understanding of the subject.

"Free sample episodes are available, but you have to pay to view a course.

Table of contents: 

- Algebra II
- AP U.S. Government
- AP U.S. History
- Geometry
- SAT Critical Reading
- SAT Math
- SAT Writing
- U.S. History
- Writing

Sponsors and Exhibitors

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