We discuss why zombies are relevant to the philosophy and purposes of media literacy education. In our second article, we focus on the pedagogical applications of horror texts, including media production and building students’ awareness of the role they play as media audiences.
In Anaheim, students advocate for 21st century skills instruction. In Boston, students learn the power and responsibility that comes with wielding a video camera. In this issue, we explore best practices in media literacy and media production programs for enhancing student empowerment. Includes an interview with Alan Michel, Executive Director of HOME, and the 2013 Jesse McCanse Awards.
Critical construction of media is a vital and necessary step towards digital citizenship and full participation in our media culture. In this issue, we discuss the benefits of critical media production programs for students, and demonstrate how they can be successfully implemented in K-12 schools. In our research section, we explore the theory and practice of critical media construction in schools, including the responsibilities implied by global distribution of student content. Media literacy pioneer Barry Duncan passed away in June.