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Media Literacy

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Appropriate for K-12 educators

Course Description:
Considered by many researchers and educators to be one of the most important topics in today’s society, media literacy promotes an awareness of the communication forces that mold our everyday lives.

Among other things, this course covers the following: how we communicate and how advertising and marketing influence our roles as consumers. It also examines the effects of social networks on daily lives, the history and development of the print and electronic media: newspapers, magazines, books, radio, TV, music and movie industries, as well as the changes in American social norms since the 1950’s and the impact of American culture in a global context.

 Educators will:

–Spend time preparing grade-level lessons, activities, and units to use in their own classrooms
— Obtain resources and information to evaluate media bias, products, and content
–Gain current perspectives on media use by all age groups
–Develop assessments to further student understanding of media topics and issues

Instructor:

Doug Boardman is a former feature writer for VERMONT Magazine and the Times-Argus. He has been teaching mass media and popular culture at Lamoille Union High School since 2001. Doug has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing from JSC and a Master’s in English from the Bread Loaf School at Middlebury College.