With so many messages being sent to out students through the media, it is tough to know what message students are receiving. I would use this resource by choosing an appropriate media outlet and working through the pre and post viewing questions with my students. Breaking down the message will help students understand the intended message.
Elementary students are just as interested in media consumption as older students. In this video, an elementary teacher describes how he works with his students to produce their own videos. I think making kids media literate at an early age is a very important thing. This video gives some good advice as to how to engage younger students in learning about how the production of media is not always the most ethical thing out there.
Getting students involved with the production of certain types of media can be very beneficial to their learning of the process and how its different aspects impact media literacy. This short video describes one teacher's adventure into allowing her students to control the role of production for a media project. I think this is a great idea. Not only does it teach the kids how to produce their own media, but it may very well expose them to some of the issues that revolve around production.
How far should media production companies go to sell their products? This thoughtful article discussed the ethics of media production and asks, "How far is too far?" I think this is a very important topics for students to discuss. They consume media all the time and they need to be aware of how the production of such media is riddled with falacies. I think this article would be a great read for students that could spark a lively discussion.
The media is notorious for manipulating the public in order to sell their products. This amazing article shows six different examples of how the media has produced content that is not only deceptive, it is just plain false. I think this page and its embedded videos do a wonderful job of showing how the production side of media can be skewed and emphasizes that students develop a more critical view of the media they consume.
A class examining the connection between production and media literacy would most certainly come across the issue of the relationship between the content of piece and how it is disseminated. The article compares and contrasts the two constructs. I think this topic is an ideal discussion point for students, having them argue both sides. It would be a great way to learn more about the production process as well.
The theory of media production is laid out in this book chapter. It is very detailed, somewhat technical, and very theoretical. However, it does provide a nice groundwork for teaching a course in media production. I would recommend the teacher read this article to better understand what should be taught.
The three main stages of the production process are: pre-production, production, and post-production. This article provides good definitions of each of these terms and describes what happens during each process. If teachers and students are learning about how production of media takes place, then this article is a must read.
In order to garner a better understanding of media literacy, it is first important to know what it is. This article breaks down the different pieces of the terms and clarifies some misconceptions. I think this is where teachers and students need to start to develop an understanding of media literacy in general.