The Media Spot’s Rhys Daunic published an article reflecting on 10 years in the field of media literacy education in Volume 3 Issue 1 of the Journal of Media Literacy Education (JMLE). (more…)
Since September of 2007 we have been contributing to the development of The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education (PDF).
Our most substantial contribution to the effort has been Media Literacy through Production-based Media Education, a video we produced to help frame the issues surrounding fair use in the context of elementary school video production. (more…)
Last Friday, I was honored to represent TMS at a small group discussion between 18 educators and media literacy consultants to discuss fair use in media education at The Academy for Educational Development in Manhattan. (more…)
All content on themediaspot.org is created by The Media Spot in collaboration with schools, organizations and the media literacy community at large. We hope to Add value to that community by building on what’s already been done and in turn offering the content on this web site back to the community for reference and discussion. (more…)
Collaborative, educational multimedia production poses many challenges. In a given learning environment, many factors must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, including the range of technical savvy among educators and youth, available technology resources, and the degree of technical support. This prevents a “magic bullet” prescription for media education through production, but it also provides opportunities for creative new media applications in virtually any situation!
Produced at PS 124 in 2006
The goal of working with TMS is primarily to increase media literacy for youth and educators alike. The production projects deal with a range of topics and content, but always support the core concepts of media analysis and our objectives. Below are some of the benefits of working with us (see also: Learning Standards).
Connecting with the world of 21st Century youth
We believe that at whatever age, youth can apply their own experiences to uniquely enrich projects in ways that inherently promote media literacy. The TMS production process is designed to connect students’ comfort, or “ways of knowing”, with new media to existing curricula.
Foundations: Spiral Curriculum, Goodman, Tyner, Winn, PBS
Professional producers working with you
TMS media professionals provide the technical expertise to help educators complete projects with confidence while focusing on new and traditional teaching opportunities during the production process. (see also our philosophy‘s section on “collaborative production”)
Foundations: Hobbs, Tyner
Our projects start with language-based subject matter drawn from existing curricula. This adds new perspective and learning opportunities to existing teaching strategies.
Technology planning and support
Any computer use in a group setting requires professional technical support and planning. The rush to acquire new media has left many groups with more computers than they can maintain and no realistic plan for using them to increase learning. Collaborative production with TMS can include long-term technology planning and technical support to allow educators to capitalize on potential learning opportunities instead of troubleshooting technical glitches they are not trained to handle.
Foundations: Tyner, COSN
Create new media voices in your community
We believe that if a child knows their work will have a life beyond their immediate surroundings, they will be more invested in the process. Digital audio and video, and the Internet have made it possible for virtually anyone to create a voice in these dominant forms of 21st Century public discourse. Aside from helping youth create these voices, TMS works to distribute and share your group’s work through community screenings and, with your permission, on the Internet.
Custom educational resources created by YOU
Material produced through TMS can be distributed within your educational community as teaching material with cross-curricular value. With your permission, your projects can become part of The Media Spot’s production archive for others to use in their pursuit of media literacy.