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Ellen's preplanned Oscar selfie: a Samsung product placement

Ellen's preplanned Oscar selfie: a Samsung product placement | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Samsung spent nearly $20 million on Oscar TV ads and part of its sponsorship included getting its Galaxy smartphone integrated into the show. The bet paid off when host Ellen DeGeneres used the phone to take a selfie that was retweeted nearly 3 million times.

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Sharing with students. How much of marketing is blended into their entertainment, news, etc? 

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Nicole Laura's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:16 AM

Wow. A great example for Media Literacy lessons. 

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:31 AM

Thanks to @NWaskieLaura for pointing this one out.

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Why Burger King brought back chicken fries (featuring One Direction)

Why Burger King brought back chicken fries (featuring One Direction) | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
A social media frenzy may have been responsible for Burger King’s decision to bring back chicken fries. How much influence does social media have on the eating habits of young Americans, as well as companies' responses to them?
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Great article--students can discuss the power of social media and punctuation at the same time! A missing comma brings back a fast food item:)

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‘Trouble with girls?’ Female scientists mock Nobel laureate with #DistractinglySexy photos

‘Trouble with girls?’ Female scientists mock Nobel laureate with #DistractinglySexy photos | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Female scientists were jumping on Twitter to voice their views on the controversial comments.
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Using social media to counteract controversial comments.  Pictures really are worth a thousand words!

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Help Students Close-Read Iconic News Images

Help Students Close-Read Iconic News Images | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

Frank Baker writes: "

Every one of the iconic images I’ve shared here has a story behind it. Your students could investigate the story behind the image. Students can research the photographer and the circumstances surrounding how the image came to become iconic. I also encourage you to think about how you might use memorable images as jumping off points to stimulate your students’ writing in both non-fiction and fiction.

Our students now are constant consumers of visual information. These skills are vital to their critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective citizenship."

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A great article to share with teachers! Frank Baker includes several examples of images you can use as jumping off points, and also includes a video and pdf document that allows you to delve into this topic further.

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What Your Online Comments Say About You

What Your Online Comments Say About You | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

Anna Blow writes: "

When we comment on news stories, most of us hope to say something about the topic at hand — even (or maybe especially) if it’s that the author got it all wrong. But what do the comments we leave say about us — about our beliefs, our biases and how we act when the ordinary rules don’t apply? And how do our comments affect the beliefs of others?

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This quote, referring to a study on comments a PSA about vaccines, made me gasp: "...many readers, especially those who are less Internet-savvy, assume commenters “know something about the subject, because otherwise they wouldn’t be commenting on it.” The mere act of commenting, then, can confer an unearned aura of credibility." 


Another great opinion piece from The New York Times that would work well in middle or high school digital/media literacy discussions. 

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 16, 2015 12:10 PM

This quote, referring to a study on comments a PSA about vaccines, made me gasp: "...many readers, especially those who are less Internet-savvy, assume commenters “know something about the subject, because otherwise they wouldn’t be commenting on it.” The mere act of commenting, then, can confer an unearned aura of credibility." 


Another great opinion piece from The New York Times that would work well in middle or high school digital/media literacy discussions. 

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Off with her crown? Selfie backlash at Miss Universe Pageant

Off with her crown? Selfie backlash at Miss Universe Pageant | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Explosive confrontations are nothing new for Israel and Lebanon, but the latest spat between the longtime foes is perhaps the first to have been caused by an alleged photo-bomb.
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This would be a good opportunity to have students read and compare articles about this incident from international news sites. It's also a great digital citizenship discussion opener. Should you check with people before you post their photos online? Would your selfies cause drama? 

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Which infographic is right for you?

Which infographic is right for you? | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
That’s right, there’s more to infographics than a scrolling image full of facts and figures. Different types of infographics are consumed differently.
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Why Critical Literacy? Because Literacy Is Critical!

Why Critical Literacy? Because Literacy Is Critical! | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Why Critical Literacy?  Because Literacy Is Critical! When students work collaboratively as peers to form and refine ideas, they're applying critical literacy.  Whether it’s via social media, in-pe...
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 10, 2013 10:16 AM

How do you get students to think critically about the media they consume or create?  Some ideas here, as well as some tools for creating and collaborating.

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Study: Prettier Charts Can Be Harder for Students to Read

Study: Prettier Charts Can Be Harder for Students to Read | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Common Core State Standards are calling for more focus on students reading charts and graphics, but new research shows engaging graphics can reduce students' understanding of chart data.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 15, 2013 12:36 PM

If this holds true, is it because we're not teaching students how to read infographics, or because the design really is distracting?  I'll be interested in further research on this.

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10 Editing Tips for Making Killer Instagram Videos | Photojojo

10 Editing Tips for Making Killer Instagram Videos | Photojojo | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Extra vids for bloggers: 1, 2, 3 When it comes to movies, editing is kind of a big deal. Without it, we wouldn’t have twist endings.
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, August 22, 2013 6:00 PM

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The battle to destroy Wikipedia's biggest sockpuppet army

The battle to destroy Wikipedia's biggest sockpuppet army | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
And it's just the "tip of the iceberg," according to one editor.
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, October 13, 2013 10:53 AM

This would be a great research topic! Who decides who edits, who gets banned at Wikipedia? 

GwynethJones's curator insight, October 13, 2013 12:52 PM

What great fun & a terrific conversation starter!

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Ellen's preplanned Oscar selfie: a Samsung product placement

Ellen's preplanned Oscar selfie: a Samsung product placement | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Samsung spent nearly $20 million on Oscar TV ads and part of its sponsorship included getting its Galaxy smartphone integrated into the show. The bet paid off when host Ellen DeGeneres used the phone to take a selfie that was retweeted nearly 3 million times.

Via Nicole Laura, Mary Reilley Clark
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Sharing with students. How much of marketing is blended into their entertainment, news, etc? 

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Nicole Laura's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:16 AM

Wow. A great example for Media Literacy lessons. 

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:31 AM

Thanks to @NWaskieLaura for pointing this one out.

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Teaching Kids to Deconstruct the Advertising Pitch

Teaching Kids to Deconstruct the Advertising Pitch | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
A school librarian in New York City teaches young students how to analyze persuasive advertising strategies by looking at gendered earplugs, chain-store clothing ads, and other product pitches.
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Lots of ideas here that can be easily adapted for any grade level.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, July 13, 2015 2:17 PM

Need Media Literacy Ideas?! You got it!

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Eight media literacy activities for any classroom

Eight media literacy activities for any classroom | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

Ryan Fisk writes: "While schools and districts are right in filtering their internet connections to maintain state and federal compliancy, we need to better prepare students for “what’s out there” when they go home each day, or for when they finally graduate. Here are eight media literacy activities that’ll help your students sift through the sensational product messages, and be smart, informed consumers."

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Some great ideas here, and if you contact Ryan on Twitter @RyanFisk he will send you all the PDFs he created for each activity.

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How Success Kid’s Internet Fame Saved His Dad’s Life

How Success Kid’s Internet Fame Saved His Dad’s Life | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
The world wide web can be a wonderful and weird place, because that's how we humans are. This is the story of how an innocent family photo turned into a celebrated Internet icon, and eventually ended up saving a life. Eight years ago, Justin and Laney Griner of Jacksonville, Florida gave birth to a beautiful…
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Great story about the positive side of social media. I'm convinced the positive outweighs the negative, and I'd like students to see more stories like this.

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The Epidemic of Facelessness

The Epidemic of Facelessness | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

Stephen Marche, in this opinion piece about abuse on social media, writes: "The challenge of our moment is that the face has been at the root of justice and ethics for 2,000 years. The right to face an accuser is one of the very first principles of the law, described in the “confrontation clause” of the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution, but reaching back through English common law to ancient Rome. In Roman courts no man could be sentenced to death without first seeing his accuser." 

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An excellent article to share with high school students. Maybe the obsession with selfies has more to do with some atavistic need to see each other on social media, to compensate for the anonymity of much of what we do or say online. Well worth reading, and re-reading.
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 16, 2015 11:54 AM

An excellent article to share with high school students. Maybe the obsession with selfies has more to do with some atavistic need to see each other on social media, to compensate for the anonymity of much of what we do or say online. Well worth reading, and re-reading.

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Media literacy in the digital age | IJNet

Media literacy in the digital age | IJNet | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
IJNet.org is the premier global website for journalists and media managers to learn about training and networking opportunities. The site and its weekly e-mail bulletin reports on the latest innovations, resources and awards.
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Interesting to get a perspective from another country.  Might be a research project in here for students!

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Wikipedia editors object to University of Toronto student contributions

Wikipedia editors object to University of Toronto student contributions | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
A classroom experiment in a psychology class runs into objections
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IMAGES: What Happens If You Flip The Gender Of Book Covers?

IMAGES: What Happens If You Flip The Gender Of Book Covers? | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Yesterday, author Maureen Johnson had a great idea. She tweeted "I do wish I had a dime for every email I get that says, "Please put a non-girly cover on your book so I can read it.
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 8, 2013 3:33 PM

Great idea for media literacy!  

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Literacy in the Era of the Image

Literacy in the Era of the Image | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
The word literacy finds its roots in the eighteenth-century word literatus, which quite literally means ?one who knows the letters. But it has come to refer to much more than the ability to read an...
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, June 25, 2013 7:10 PM

This is what we want students to understand:  “…when you connect images in a fashion that creates a narrative story in a literate way, you elicit powerful responses.”

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How To Use Instagram In The Classroom - Edudemic

How To Use Instagram In The Classroom - Edudemic | Media Literacy | Scoop.it
You can actually use Instragram in the classroom and library. Here are a few simple ways that should help you start trying something new!
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 2, 2013 3:42 PM

Based on informal feedback, more of my 7th and 8th graders use Instagram than Facebook.  The infographic above is from Ann Vega and her awesome blog, www.librariansonthefly.blogspot.com.

 

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Teaching Critical Thinking (with Dog Food)

Teaching Critical Thinking (with Dog Food) | Media Literacy | Scoop.it

"Editor's note: Internationally recognized coding expert James Bach dropped out of school at age 16. A few years later, he was one of the youngest hires at Apple Computer."

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, November 29, 2013 2:09 PM

Getting kids in middle school to ask questions can be so hard.  Using the "Huh?""Really?" "So?" process to keep the questions flowing might help.