Labsters Celebrate Media Literacy Week, Nov 2 - 6, 2015

The Labsters are thrilled to be celebrating MEDIA LITERACY WEEK along with hundreds of other educators, researchers, youth media professionals and librarians.

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Elizaveta Friesem PhD explores media and politics in her Media and Society class at the University of Hartford, Hartford, CT. Students will discuss how media representations are designed to be political, and what it means for those who are producing media texts. During her Public Speaking class at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT, Elizaveta and her students will analyze a video that represents an example of public speaking. Analyzing videos allows students to develop public speaking skills and at the same time reflect on media representations.In her Introduction to the Humanities course at Manchester Community College, in Manchester, CT, Elizaveta and her students discuss the British cultural studies approach to studying media. By analyzing media texts, Elizaveta helps students deconstruct messages and meanings. Follow Elizaveta on Twiiter at @lisafriesem.

In collaboration with Chariho High School, Zoey Wang, a doctoral student at the University of Rhode Island, works with students from the high school at a half-day film production workshop, hosted at the University of Rhode Island on November 4th. The topic, "Media Literacy and Creativity," gives students the opportunity to make a short film working in collaboration with peers. Zoey is also working on educational media projects including a video series about “Why Do People Teach?” with Rhode Island College, School of Education, as well as a New York based documentary about the fashion and textile industry and sustainability. Follow Zoey on Twitter at @prettyzhzh.

Yonty Friesem, a doctoral candidate at the University of Rhode Island and Assistant Professor at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT hosts a special showcase of CCSU students' work in their TV Production class where students offer a critical view of the wage gap in the US. Students share how their research promoted their understanding as they created PSAs, ads, news reports, music videos, and a variety show, all of which will be shown at the event.  Follow @Yonty on Twitter.

Renee Hobbs, professor at the Harrington School of Communication and Media, travels to Georgia to bring media literacy to the librarians and technology specialists who attend the Georgia Educational Technology Conference on November 5th where as a featured speaker, she offers workshops on copyright clarity, teacher motivations for digital and media literacy, and Mind Over Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda.

Learn more about MEDIA LITERACY WEEK 2015 at the National Association for Media Literacy Education!