We can spend our time crying about how students spend more time watching TV and less time reading or we can provide them with the analytical skills they need to process and think critically about the TV they are watching. This becomes increasingly important as media is being delivered to students on smaller and smaller hand-held personal devices.
Perhaps the best way to teach media literacy is by having students create their own media. In the same way that we teach reading comprehension through writing we can teach media analysis through media creation.
Media Creation Links
Video in the Classroom.com
my own site dedicated to integrating video production in the elementary classroom
has free movies you can watch to improve your moviemaking talents
Media Literacy Links
PBS Don’t Buy It
Kids’ Media Literacy Site
Reading in the Dark
recommended by Roger Ebert for teaching students to analyze films