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The following videos about media were created by our sister company, Carmelina Films. They are all available for purchase.

Teaching Media Literacy: Asking Questions

This program explains how to teach media literacy through the application of three basic facts and five key analytical questions that can be applied to any media message. This simple and highly effective approach is reinforced by insights and observations provided by important figures in the media literacy movement, including Elizabeth Thoman, Tessa Jolls, and Jeff Share, of the Center for Media Literacy. Fight passive consumerism and promote critical thinking with Teaching Media Literacy. (31 minutes)

Featured Interviews:

Tessa Jolls, CEO, Center for Media Literacy
Elizabeth Thoman, President, Center for Media Literacy
Michael Gougis, Freelance Writer / Media Professor
Mathew Needleman, Elementary School Teacher / Video Producer
Jeff Share, Media Trainer, Center for Media Literacy
Megan Parlen, Media Literacy Expert

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Understanding Media Literacy

Since teens interpret the world and media messages in a unique way, it's important to teach them about media literacy using media that appeals to their sensibilities. By demonstrating how to analyze the media that directly affects teens, media educators can help fuel their highly inquisitive and productive minds.

This video is meant to teach high school students how to learn about media literacy using a pragmatic approach. This is accomplished by using examples from media that teens consume most. Students will learn how to access, analyze, and evaluate media such as television and radio commercials, print advertisements, photographs, songs, online ads, websites, and product placements across all types of media. Perfect for in-class use.

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Media Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom

This title explores media literacy using popular forms of media that are relevant to young people today. It also gives numerous examples of media from television, films, and commercials, and it helps the audience understand how they're being influenced by media. Memorizing facts and information are skills from the 20th century. The 21st century is the era of information overload, so the 21st century citizen needs to learn how analyze information and so called facts. Media literacy helps people be critical of the information they receive.

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Teaching Media Literacy: Asking MORE Questions

This program is a perfect companion piece to 2006's critically acclaimed Teaching Media Literacy: Asking Questions. It contains previously unseen interviews with important figures in the media literacy movement discussing issues such as consumerism, body image, politics and media, early childhood media education, and more. Continue to fight passive consumerism and to promote critical thinking with Teaching Media Literacy: Asking More Questions. Great as a companion piece or on its own.

Contains previously unreleased interviews with Elizabeth Thoman, Tessa Jolls, and Jeff Share of the Center for Media Literacy, Mathew Needleman of VideoInTheClassroom.com, and more.

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Anatomy of a Fashion Photo Shoot

Have you ever wondered what goes on at a professional fashion photo shoot? What does a photographer do? What does a make-up artist do? What does a stylist do? What does a model do? This video shows you!

This video goes behind the scenes at two real fashion photo shoots and shows you the process. You'll see everything going on at the shoot, from concept, make-up, hair, clothing selection, and styling, to art direction, photography, and image selection.

This video is perfect for anyone interested in learning how a fashion photo shoot really works! Play it in a high school or college photo or fashion class to gain real insight into the process.

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