Posts Tagged ‘media literacy’

Lip Dubs: Yet Another Form of Literacy

Posted by mariamengel on August 8, 2011

It seems that the YouTube Lib Dub trend is catching on!  According to Wikipedia, a lip dub is “a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video”.

At JCC Camp By the Sea, children two years through grade ten attend summer camp in New Jersey and participate in several projects and athletic group activities.  One of their favorite projects includes a lib dub that all of the participants play a part in.  The students learn about lib dubbing, filming and editing videos, directing, mash ups, playing roles and drama, and music.  Here is one example of a lib dub created at JCC Camps, “The Ultimate Queen Mash Up“:


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Picture Writing and Image Making

Posted by mariamengel on July 22, 2011

At the Center for the Advancement of Art-Based Literacy in New Hampshire, students are combining visual arts and writing to promote writing literacy.  To get more information and to find workshops, visit the Picture Writing and Image-Making website.  This information, including examples of student work, was extracted directly from their site:

Picturing Writing and Image Making

…”are two dynamic art-and-literature based approaches to writing developed by Beth Olshansky to meet the needs of students with diverse learning styles. Through the use of simple hands-on art experiences, the introduction of quality picture books, and an on-going Artists/Writers Workshop, these innovative approaches give children access to visual and kinesthetic as well as verbal modes of thinking at each and every stage of the writing process. They allow all children to enter the writing process from a position of personal strength and enthusiasm”. 

One Quiet and Silent Night

Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art is an art-and-literature-based approach to writing that integrates visual modes of thinking at every stage of the writing process. Picturing Writing utilizes simple crayon resist art techniques and quality literature in a progression of mini-lessons that teach essential literacy skills to students with diverse learning styles.

Sarena and the Beautiful Skies

Image-Making Within The Writing Process is a dynamic art-and-literature-based approach to writing that integrates visual and kinesthetic modes of thinking at each and every stage of the writing process. Students begin by creating their own portfolio of beautiful hand-painted textured papers.

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Pamphlets, Buttons and Posters at work for civil rights

Posted by rlwalte2 on July 22, 2011

A recent article by CNN makes note of multiliteracies via pamphlets, buttons, posters, etc. to spread civil rights.  I found this article extremely interesting because they discuss how vital of a role visual culture played from the 1940s through the 1970s.  The speeches of the time were of course monumental, but the blending of visual culture became a very strong underlying technique through which to display African Americans in a new light.  This visual culture was distributed in the way of portable items; fans, badges, buttons, posters, etc.  So, as far back as the 1940s multiliteracies were emerging; people were finding ways to mix images with text and incorporate them into something that would travel far and wide, spreading the desired message.  In analyzing this, I feel it was so powerful for the times.  To imprint images on something like a fan, for example that would become to well traveled was ingenious.  Along with the large exposure something like a button or a poster  received came intrigue; people were receiving information in a new way.  Civil rights activists were clever to begin using multiliteracies to get their message out to the public.  Maurice Berger is the curator for a new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington.  The exhibit is titled “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights”.  I found it fascinating that Berger states “”The modern Civil Rights movement was the first American political movement to truly take advantage of the new technology of seeing and representing the world,”.  The culture of the 40s, 50s, 60s was still steeped with a very poor, stereotypical image of African Americans, so using multiliteracies to improve that image is fascinating. The African American community used mixed media to highlight the emergence of the Black Arts movement and positive images of African Americans in the community.  They used this emerging idea to educate the world.

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