What is our relationship to media? What are the purposes of media? How does media reflect and shape society? These are some of the media literacy questions we explored today. We applied these questions to three images – a magazine advertisement for lotion, a series of tweets about Chris Brown and a Facebook “Ghetto Booty Quiz.” (See below slide show).  Students identified both the obvious and subliminal messages found in these images.

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Our last activity in today’s workshop was a video scavenger hunt. In 20 minutes, students worked in small groups or pairs to shoot a range of shots and camera movements that emphasized distance, size, color and texture. Afterwards, we played back the videos and discussed.

We are using HD Canon Vixia cameras – thanks to Philly CAM!