There's Some Good News. As printed in the Federal Register on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, the U.S. Copyright Office has decided to expand its exemption to allow educators and their students the right to legally bypass CSS encryption on movie DVDs. This is a major victory for those of us (myself included) who petitioned for the exemption to be expanded.
We are very proud of Eugene Martin's upcoming film, The Anderson Monarchs, which examines the lives of African-American girls in Philadelphia who play soccer. Take a look at the trailer:
At the World Summit in Karlstad, Sweden, I was able to share our current work analyzing different approaches to teaching about the news to urban children ages 7 - 11 at this afternoon's research presentation, which was sponsored by NORDICOM, the Nordic Information Center for Media Communication and Research. I developed this project with Media Education Lab colleagues John Landis and Henry Cohn-Geltner. Here's a summary:
Politics, crime, the representation of gender, race and social class are constructed each day through news and current events.
I was honored to be able to make one of the four opening addresses at the World Summit on Media for Children and Youth on June 14, 2010 in the lovely city of Karlstad, Sweden. Per Lundren, the Director of the World Summit has been planning this amazing conference for a couple of years -- and I am so delighted to be participating in this groundbreaking event! In my talk, I noted the power of a simple metaphor for newcomers to the field. As they participate in the conference, they will need to keep in mind the coin, with its two sides.
Chris Sperry offered an engaging keynote presentation on media literacy education, sharing his experience as a high school English and Social Studies teacher at an alternative high school in Ithaca, New York.