Monday, October 16, 2017

Master the Media Week 6: Books and Magazines

I learned a lot about the book and magazine industries in this chapter. I admit to feeling the pages of a National Geographic magazine and comparing it to other magazines in my house. What were some things that got you thinking in this chapter? What would affect how or what you teach your students?

If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. If you can't remember if you've registered, go ahead and fill out the registration form. This is how I get email addresses to send out PGPs at the end of the book club.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 7, "Advertising."

Monday, October 9, 2017

Master the Media Week 5: News

This is a very timely topic! What are your thoughts about your own media literacy in terms of the news and your students'? Something that really jumped out at me in this chapter is the discussion of the transition to 24/7 news on pages 60 and 61. How does this change how we receive and process news?

I want to repeat a few things that are important to remember as you participate in the book club: 
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. **If you are unable to change your name and you are labeled "Unknown" in your comment, please include your name in the comment so I know who to credit it with when I record participation for PGPs.
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.  
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.
  • In addition to the amazing connections and powerful learning of being in the book club, participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 20 PGPs. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
Next week we will read and discuss Chapter 6, "Books and Magazines."

Monday, October 2, 2017

Master the Media Week 4: Film

What film concepts are the most important about which to educate your students? What are you now going to remember to look for when watching movies?

I want to repeat a few things that are important to remember as you participate in the book club: 
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. **If you are unable to change your name and you are labeled "Unknown" in your comment, please include your name in the comment so I know who to credit it with when I record participation for PGPs.
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.  
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.
  • In addition to the amazing connections and powerful learning of being in the book club, participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 20 PGPs. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
Next week we will read and discuss Chapter 5, "News."

Monday, September 25, 2017

Master the Media Week 3: Radio

Did anything shared about the music industry surprise you? What implications does it have on your own interaction with music or your media literacy instruction with your students?

I want to repeat a few things that are important to remember as you participate in the book club: 

  • A prompt or question will be posted here in the blog every Monday morning. That blog post will also include the reading assignment for the following week.
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. **If you are unable to change your name and you are labeled "Unknown" in your comment, please include your name in the comment so I know who to credit it with when I record participation for PGPs.
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.  
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.
  • In addition to the amazing connections and powerful learning of being in the book club, participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 20 PGPs. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
Next week we will read and discuss Chapter 4, "Film."

Monday, September 18, 2017

Master the Media Week 2: Television

I don't know about you, but this chapter really hit home with me. What are your thoughts about this chapter? How can you bring the topic of media literacy as it relates to television into your classroom? How do quotes like "everything in the media is a construction" change or solidify your opinion of television broadcasters' intentions?

Hopefully you all noticed a special member of our book club last week - the book's author, Julie Smith. Hopefully she will have time to join us each week to read and even comment on some of your comments. We are so excited you've decided to join us, Julie!

I want to repeat a few things that are important to remember as you participate in the book club: 

  • A prompt or question will be posted here in the blog every Monday morning. That blog post will also include the reading assignment for the following week.
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. 
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.  
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.
  • In addition to the amazing connections and powerful learning of being in the book club, participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 20 PGPs. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
Next week we'll read and discuss chapter 3, "Music and the Radio."

Monday, September 11, 2017

Master the Media Week 1: Let's Do This

Welcome to the Fall 2017 eLearning Book Club. We are looking forward to reading and discussing Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World by Julie SmithThis book can be purchased as a Kindle or paperback book from Amazon. If you don't have the book yet, don't worry. You can jump into the conversation a little late. Just catch up as soon as you're able. We are excited to start this book club in conjunction with Indiana Digital Citizenship Week.

Here is some information to help you as you participate in the book club: 
  • A prompt or question will be posted here in the blog every Monday morning. That blog post will also include the reading assignment for the following week.
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. 
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.  
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.
  • In addition to the amazing connections and powerful learning of being in the book club, participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 20 PGPs. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
This week you have two assignments. First, in a comment to this post introduce yourself. Include your name, school and/or corporation, and your role there. Second, we're jumping right into chapter 1, which introduces us to media literacy. Borrowing the author's question from the end of the chapter, how do your students think media affects them? How do you think media affects you? Or share some general thoughts on media literacy. Don't forget to also comment to other participants' posts, if you feel so moved. (If you have any problems commenting, please first ensure that you are logged into your Google account. If you continue to have issues, email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.)

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 2, "Television."

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Register Now for the 2017 Fall eLearning Book Club

Registration is now open for the 2017 Fall eLearning Book Club. Click here to register for the book club and we will send you a reminder the week before the book club begins. This is also how we get your email address which we use to send your PGPs at the end of the book club. Please note -- even if you've registered for and participated in an eLearning Book Club in the past, you will still need to register for this one.

This fall we will be reading Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World by Julie Smith. This book can be purchased from Amazon and other places where you buy books. The book club will begin on September 11th as we celebrate Indiana Digital Citizenship Week and last 10 weeks. We will read one chapter each week and a prompt or question will be posted each Monday here in the book club blog. To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right. Participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 20 PGPs.