The Teachable Moment for Media Literacy by sdaferv


                                        Library Media Services
                                                                                                          Prince Charles ERC
     November 2001                                                                                       1075 Wellington Ave.
       Volume 35                                                                                            Winnipeg, MB
       Number 3                                                                                                R3E 0J7
    ISSN: 1192-2273                                                                                          Ph: 788-0203
                                                                                                             Fax: 772-3911

             T-L Meeting
                                              The Teachable Moment for Media Literacy
The first T-L meeting for 2001/02
will be held at 2:00 p.m. on 8         Events of 11 September 2001 were          !     How does item placement/
November at the Scandinavian           as unexpected as they were                      juxtaposition/sequencing affect
Centre in conjunction with the ULS     devastating. Entire sectors of                  our perceptions?
Book Display. The PD component         society as well as individuals were        ! How do the photos or camera
will include a presentation on the     paralyzed by shock and fear.                    angles chosen affect our
OSU Children’s Fund (Ghana) by         Subsequent acts of bioterrorism                 perceptions?
former WSD teacher-librarian,          have served to exacerbate the              ! How do descriptors used for
Alice Moulton.                         situation. Feeding the uncertainty              individuals or groups affect our
                                       and fear are the mass media,                    perceptions?
School administrators are requested    including newspapers, journals,            ! Are statistics or crowd counts
to facilitate attendance of teacher-   television, radio and Internet sites,           inflated or minimized?
librarians at 3 meetings each          upon which we depend for
school year.                                                                      ! Are action shots real, re-enacted
                                                                                       for the benefit of news agencies,
                                                                                       or archival?
                                       Conflicting reportage by the mass
                                                                                  ! How does the choice of wording
             ULS Display               media has provided educators with a
                                                                                                    and tone of the
                                       supremely teachable
                                                                                                    speaker or writer
United Library Services will hold a    moment in the area
                                                                                                    affect our
book display on 7 and 8 November       of media/                     “We shape our tools
2001 at the Scandinavian Centre,       information literacy.         and thereafter, our
                                                                                                     ! Are headlines
764 Erin Street (between St.                                         tools shape us.”
                                       Classroom                                                          inflammatory?
Matthews and Wolever) from
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. each day.         discussions of recent
                                                                     Marshall McLuhan
                                                                                                     ! Are the news
Parking is available 1/2 block south   events are simply                                                  sources
of the Scandinavian Centre.            not enough. It is our job as                    authoritative, authentic or
                                       educators to help students to analyze           unnamed?
WSD schools receive 36%                and to critically assess the media’s       ! Does commercial sponsorship or
discounts. As the only approved        role in shaping our understanding of            political affiliation of the news
commercial vendor of cataloguing       the recent terrorist acts perpetrated           agency affect the reportage?
and processing for WSD school          upon the U.S. and the implied threat
libraries, ULS ships all materials     to the global village.                     Manipulation by mass media is the
shelf-ready to WSD standards. For                                                 reality in the global village, and our
further information, contact ULS       Students need to examine all news          children are among the most
local representative David Larsen      media for biases or points of view         vulnerable. To counteract media
(Ph: 774-5575: Fax: 774-8437;          which may slant or filter the news         exploitation, teachers can access
E-mail:              deliberately, in the case of               English and French language media
                                       propaganda, or inadvertently. These literacy resources and resources for
                                       questions, among others, must be           talking to kids about terrorist attacks
                                       considered by all discriminating           in the U.S. from the highly
           T-L Substitute                                                         acclaimed Media Awareness
                                       consumers of news-media:
Please add the following to the list   ! Which news items are selected? Network <
                                       ! Are any topics conspicuous by  >
of T-L substitutes published in the
September 2001 issue of Inklings:          their absence?
                                                                                  Carpe diem!
Roz Russell Turk         452-5753
(Day 2 or 4 only)

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     November 2001
       Volume 35
       Number 3
       Curriculum Team
    ISSN: 1192-2273

       K-S4 Social Studies

The deadline for nominations for
Anglophone and Aboriginal teachers
to the Social Studies K-S4 Manitoba
Curriculum Framework of Outcomes
                                                      LMS Users Group
                                              Thanks to the following district
                                              volunteers who will serve on the
                                              2001/02 LMS Users Group:
                                              Principals: Gary Comack, Val
                                              Georges, Donna Lyons, Donald
                                                                                                       Websites for Administrators
                                                                                                       " Circle of Inclusion

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                                                                                                                                  R3E 0J7
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2001. T-Ls interested in                      Teacher-librarians: Betty Brown,                             Classroom Activities for
participating should apply through            Donna Dawson, Jackie Wright, Pat                             Grades K-3! [Flash]
their school principals.                      Zealand.                                           
                                                                                                       "   Impact of the Internet on
                                                                                                           Learning & Teaching
         Teacher Renewal                         Library Media Services Newsletter is published the
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Renewal aims at preventing teacher
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                                                 Winnipeg School Division No. 1.
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! have a philosophical or spiritual                                                              
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! have the ability to see all people
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    as individuals;
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on this topic, see Cain, Michael                                                                     
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