Best Practices

This page contains examples of "best practices" in media & mediated learning. It is composed of links, examples of completed projects by students and educational support organizations, as well as hints and techniques for seamlessly integrating mediated methods into the classroom. Topics include technology, television, and media literacy.

Canadian Association of Media Education Organizations (CAMEO) - Founded in 1992, the Canadian Association Of Media Education Organizations (CAMEO) is an association of Canadian media literacy groups from across Canada. The goal of CAMEO, through its member organizations, is to advocate, promote and develop media literacy in Canada. A media literate person is one who has an informed and critical understanding of the nature, techniques and impact of the mass media as well as the ability to produce media products.

Instrumental Enrichment / Mediated Learning Experience- Based on the work of Israeli psychologist Reuven Feuerstein who developed his theory in the late 40's through his work with children who were orphaned or separated from their parents as a result of the Holocaust. An intervention program, it is based on the belief that intelligence is modifiable and not fixed, and it is designed to enhance the cognitive skills necessary for independent thinking. IE aims to sharpen critical thinking with the concepts, skills, strategies, operations, and attitudes necessary for independent learning; to diagnose and correct deficiencies in thinking skills; and to help individuals "learn how to learn".

Instructional Technology Resource Center at the University of Central Florida. Under the leadership of Drs. Donna Baumbach, Director, and Mary Bird, this center is the home for all kinds of "best practice" materials for teachers who want to improve their skills, advance their knowledge of technology integration issues, and find links to places that can help them in the classroom. The ITRC menu now includes issues of the News for Educators Online Now, a K-12 WebLinks Database, the Florida DOE Software Project, and links for in-service instruction from SEIRTEC for newly appointed teachers. The ITRC is an independently-funded organization and hosts several workshop programs every year.

Dirk Shouten from Amsterdam, Holland has published a great book on planning and implementing video projects: Media Action Projects. Media Action Projects is a new practical guide for teachers, pupils and parents who want to use video in education, training and community development. The clear twelve stage model helps facilitators and teachers to support groups as they research, produce and show audiovisual texts. The model has been used successfully throughout Europe and Africa in settings ranging from primary schools to universities, from community groups to liberation movements. It is a significant work which will help any educator teach students how to plan any project they wish to incorporate into their curriculum.

Media Education Foundation - Table of contents to information on media literacy, culture and communication, diversity, and other media literacy organizations.

The New Mexico Media Literacy Project is sponsored by the Albuquerque Academy Outreach and supported by the New Mexico State Department of Education, the New Mexico Department of Health, and other Public and Private Sources. Their goal is to make New Mexico the most media literate state in the U.S. Toward that end they have trained over 300 "catalysts" in intensive 3.5 day seminars. They have also trained over 30,000 others in workshops varying from two hours to two days. They regularly post news, information and free materials for teachers, students, parents and others.

On October 6, 1998, PBS aired The :30 Second Candidate. With the presidential campaigns coming up in 2004, this site is even more relevant today. The :30 Second Candidate" examines how the 30-second spot has become the dominant force in American politics. This PBS site takes you inside the making of ads, tells the history of political commercials from the 1950s to today, and connect voters with Web resources to get the kind of information ads don't give you. The site includes lesson plans and supplementary classroom discussion topics for teachers to utilize in their classrooms to teach about the power of persuasion used in television commercials. It is an excellent media literacy site. 

The Center for New Discoveries in Learning provides some of the most advanced learning strategies available to help students be successful in school, at home and on the job. The Center For New Discoveries in Learning has already helped thousands of students raise grades and self- esteem. Their goal is for every child, in every school, and every adult to know how to achieve their personal best!