Media Literacy Education and Youth Media

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Science, Literacy, Arts iNtegration in the Twenty-first century (SLANT) Summer Institute

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This wiki page documents the activities, articles, links, and resources used, as well as the teacher created Open Educational Resources (OER) during the SLANT Institute.On July 19-23, 2010 San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum, 826 Valencia, KQED, ISKME, and the Exploratorium launched the Science, Literacy, Arts iNtegration in the Twenty-first century (SLANT) Summer Institute for Pre-k through 8th Grade Teachers to explore and investigate science and art integration. Participants received resources to use in the classroom and on field trips as they plan lessons with grade level colleagues.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Megan Simmons

Chemicals in the Environment

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This kit is a historical overview of American representations of chemicals from the three sisters to the Love Canal. It compares conflicting constructions about nuclear reactor safety, depleted uranium, Rachel Carson and DDT. Through analyzing diverse historic and contemporary media messages, students understand changing public knowledge, impressions and attitudes about chemicals in the environment.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Case Study, Diagram/Illustration, Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Author: Sox Sperry

Using Khan Academy as a Math Engagement Strategy

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High school teacher Peter McIntosh has his students use Khan Academy to practice math concepts. While the students work on computers, Peter circulates around the room and gives extra help to the students who need it. By using Khan Academy, students are motivated to practice math independently. This independent practice is possible because students are able to access hints and get extra help while working on their own. By using "coach mode" of Khan Academy, Peter is able to assess his students' learning through a variety of measures. Peter explains how using Khan Academy has increased student engagement and achievement.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Understanding Science: How science really works

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The mission of Understanding Science is to provide a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works. The process of science is exciting, but standard explanations often miss its dynamic nature. Science affects us all everyday, but people often feel cut off from science. Science is an intensely human endeavor, but many portrayals gloss over the passion, curiosity, and even rivalries and pitfalls that characterize all human ventures. Understanding Science gives users an inside look at the general principles, methods, and motivations that underlie all of science. This project has at its heart a re-engagement with science that begins with teacher preparation and ends with broader public understanding. Its immediate goals are to (1) improve teacher understanding of the nature of the scientific enterprise, (2) provide resources and strategies that encourage and enable K-16 teachers to reinforce the nature of science throughout their science teaching, and (3) provide a clear and informative reference for students and the general public that accurately portrays the scientific endeavor. The Understanding Science site was produced by the UC Museum of Paleontology of the University of California at Berkeley, in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and teachers, and was funded by the National Science Foundation1. Understanding Science was informed and initially inspired by our work on the Understanding Evolution project, which highlighted the fact that many misconceptions regarding evolution spring from misunderstandings of the nature of science. Furthermore, research indicates that students and teachers at all grade levels have inadequate understandings of the nature and process of science, which may be traced to classrooms in which science is taught as a simple, linear, and non-generative process. This false and impoverished depiction disengages students, discourages public support, and may help explain current indications that the U.S. is losing its global edge in science. Even beyond the health of the U.S. economy, the public has a genuine need to critically assess conflicting representations of scientific evidence in the media. To do this, they need to understand the strengths, limitations, and basic methods of the enterprise that has produced those claims. Understanding Science takes an important step towards meeting these needs.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration, Homework/Assignment, Interactive, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Individual Authors

Sustainability: Changing Minds, Changing Behaviour

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Changing Minds, Changing Behaviour allows students to explore the persuasive power of advertising by analysis of a narrative television advertisement and a short animated documentary. Unit elements include an overview, description of focus, teaching and learning activities, and links to the Australian Curriculum. The unit addresses the cross-curriculum priority of sustainability through the Australian Curriculum: English, and strands of language, literature and literacy, applied to a range of texts and text types.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Reading, Syllabus, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Daly, Margo

Neighbours, Asia/Pacific: Helping Hands

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Helping Hands explores fiction, non-fiction and multi-modal texts related to the 2004 Asian tsunami and its tragic aftermath. Unit elements include an overview, description of focus, teaching and learning activities, and links to the Australian Curriculum and the NSW English syllabus for Stage 4. The unit addresses the cross-curriculum priority of Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia through the Australian Curriculum: English, and strands of language, literature and literacy, applied to a range of texts and text types.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Reading, Syllabus, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Daly, Margo

Breaking Routine in 3rd Grade ELA

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Evaluator Renee OLeary visits teacher Lori Diamond to observe a lesson on red herrings. The two debrief after the lesson. Renee suggests that Lori practice monitoring the pacing of her lessons and try breaking up her own routine. In four weeks, Renee will be back to observe another lesson. Meanwhile, Lori works with coach Joanna Miller to get more ideas. She tries working with reluctant writers in small groups among other things. When Renee returns to her classroom, she sees Lori try a new format for her class with students working in groups in a lesson that incorporates visual media.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Thematic Poetry Videos

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Overview: Youth literacy can be promoted by leveraging youth culture, such as rap/music videos. By merging sound and visual imagery with text, a poetry writing task can be transformed into a multi-media video assignment. English teachers with access to a computer lab equipped with video editing software (e.g. i-Movie) can carry this out with their classes. Alternatively, English and computer lab teachers can collaborate to have their students produce thematic poetry videos as the culminating activity of an English poetry unit. It assumes that students have been taught the basic forms of poetry. Furthermore, by having students discuss the process of producing their poetry videos with peers in face-to-face or on-line workgroups, they develop the literate and social skills necessary for functioning effectively in the project-based team culture of today's workplace. Students will use the resources of takingitglobal.org to become informed about a theme of their choice. They will then compose a poem that expresses their thoughts and feelings about that topic. This poem will then form the basis for a video.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment

Writing Commons

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Writing Commons aspires to be a community for writers, a creative learning space for students in courses that require college-level writing, a creative, interactive space for teachers to share resources and pedagogy. Our primary goal is to provide the resources and community students need to improve their writing, particularly students enrolled in courses that require college-level writing. As mentioned in 'About Us', we believe learning materials should be free for all students and teachers‰ part of the cultural commons. Hence, we provide free access to an award-winning, college textbook that was published by a major publisher and awarded the Distinguished Book Award by Computers and Composition: an International Journal.

Material Type: Reading, Textbook

Image-ing Our Foremothers: Art as a Means of Connecting with Women's History

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This is an 8 week experience for the college student that begins by setting a learning context through using library resources, especially online databases, for locating images and art that reflect a chosen research topic and creating a mural that demonstrates the students’ comprehension of the chosen topic. The experience includes conducting research on 3 significant events or people in women’s US history. The written research will be accompanied by images or art that the student has chosen (described) as reflective of, or related to the researched event or person. In order to determine the students’ level of information literacy, the research will include a detailed description of how the students located the images. The students will also draw or describe a personalized sketch of one of the researched events or people. The culmination of the research is the design and painting of a collaborative mural depicting the students' research topics. This Reusable Learning Object (RLO) was created out of the desire to infuse university courses with information literacy or research activities. A traditional research project on significant events or people in history is enhanced with the discovery and analyzing of art and images within the context of history. Analysis not only includes written text but the painting of a mural. The RLO is structured in a way that allows for easy replication and alteration to a variety of subjects and learning levels.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Full Course, Lesson Plan, Syllabus, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Kristi L., Palmer

Using Pictures to Build Schema for Social Studies Content

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Looking to help students practice "reading" images for a variety of contextual meanings while engaging in content area study? This lesson uses images of the Boston Massacre to deepen students' comprehension of both the event and the effects of propaganda. Students begin by completing an anticipation guide to introduce them to Boston Massacre, propaganda, and British/colonial reactions to the massacre. They then complete an image analysis to make inferences about various images of the massacre. The culminating activity-a presentation about students' observations and inferences-demonstrates students' knowledge of the Boston Massacre and propaganda in a variety of ways. This lesson benefits English-language learners (ELLs) and struggling readers because it involves viewing images, participating in discussions, working with peers, and listening to a read-aloud that reinforces the lesson content and vocabulary.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Maureen Martin

The Lessons of 1704

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In The Lessons of 1704, students learn the basic skills needed to do research and to "read" primary and secondary sources, to see what they can reveal about the cultural characteristics and attitudes of the English, French, and Native Americans in the Deerfield area in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. At the same time, they learn about the attitudes and behaviors of these three groups toward one another. Then, they use what they have learned to analyze the 1704 attack on Deerfield and the various events that led up to it. Their study of cultures and attitudes not only helps them understand how Queen Anne's War affected the peoples of the Deerfield area, but also it helps them understand why conflicts happen and how they can escalate. The unit then leads students through an analysis of a wide variety of "accounts" of the attack, from contemporary writings, to an early 20th century movie, to late 20th century "action figures." These "accounts" all reflect a distinct point of view, which students learn to "read" and understand. Throughout, the unit encourages students to question motives and attitudes before reaching conclusions about the causes and effects of an important event in American history.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Authors: Charlene Galenski, Kathleen Klaes, Lynne Manring

Special Topics: Designing Sociable Media, Spring 2008

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" This project-based course explores new design strategies for social interaction in the computer mediated world. Through weekly readings and design Assignments and Labs we will examine topics such as: Data-based portraiture Depicting growth, change and the passage of time Visualizing conversations, crowds, and networks Interfaces for the connected city Mobile social technologies The course emphasizes developing visual and interactive literacy. "

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Donath, Judith

Technologies for Creative Learning, Fall 2009

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"This course explores the design of innovative educational technologies and creative learning environments, drawing on specific case studies such as the LEGOĺ¨ Programmable Brick, Scratch software and Computer Clubhouse after-school learning centers. Includes activities with new educational technologies, reflections on learning experiences, and discussion of strategies and principles underlying the design of new tools and activities."

Material Type: Full Course

Authors: Brennan, Karen, Resnick, Mitchel

Technological Tools for School Reform, Fall 2005

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This course explores the potential impact of modern technologies on the school reforms debate. The first part of the course provides an overview of the current state of the school reform debate and reviews the ideas in the progressive school reform movement, as well as examining the new public charter school in Cambridge as a case study. The second part of the course requires critical study of research projects that hold promise as inspirations and guidelines for concrete multidisciplinary activities and curriculum for progressive charter schools. The course concludes with a discussion of the challenges in scaling the successful innovations in school reform to new contexts.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Mikhak, Bakhtiar

From Print to Digital: Technologies of the Word, 1450-Present, Fall 2005

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Explores the impact of the printing press upon European politics and culture during the first several centuries after Gutenberg and compares these changes with the possibilities and problems inherent in contemporary electronic technologies of the word. Assignments include formal essays and online projects. There has been much discussion in recent years, on this campus and elsewhere, about the death of the book. Digitization and various forms of electronic media, some critics say, are rendering the printed text as obsolete as the writing quill. In this subject, we will examine the claims for and against the demise of the book, but we will also supplement these arguments with an historical perspective they lack: we will examine texts, printing technologies, and reading communities from roughly 1450 to the present. We will begin with the theoretical and historical overviews of Walter Ong and Elizabeth Eisenstein, after which we will study specific cases such as English chapbooks, Inkan knotted and dyed strings, late nineteenth-century recording devices, and newspapers online today. We will also visit a rare book library and make a poster on a hand-set printing press.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Ravel, Jeffrey