Parent responses CWI Media Conference

Media- Think about what you think!

Lesson One: Information Seeking

Today we will start our adventure with me guiding you through the first steps of the world that we live in. The first question we have to ask is how do we sort through the ton of information that currently available? If I were to simply type in a word, lets say "Bosnian Genocide", there are over 360,000 potential hits. Each would have a nugget of knowledge one way or another but do we have time to look at them all. There are other questions that come up such as credibility, perspective and agenda of each article/accumulation of information that is published on the web. If we were to look at each page for lets say 1 minute each, it would take us approximately seven months to get through a simple peek of the information.

Have you found what you are looking for?

I. So what types of filters do we use to help us breakdown, filter and analyze the information that we search for? Grab a partner and discuss this for the next minute or so.

II. We will now start to explore media in a variety of different perspectives to start off. You will be broken up into groups and assigned a classroom. Within each class your group will be watch approximately 30 minutes of film all being different movies. There is a common theme, 9/11, which will tie our conversation together.


1. Break up into 4 separate groups (this will be done by Mr. S).
2. Each group will be assigned a room:

Group #1: "Loose Change" Mrs. Thull Room G307 (New Building)
Watch: 0:00-8:10 and 29:50-55:20

Group #2: "Fahrenheit 9/11" Mr. Hamilton Room H504
Watch 13:30 (Chapter 4)-42:56

Group #3: "Suicide Killer" Mr. Bushnell H105
Watch 27:50-58:31
Use Quicktime: MPEGAV

Group #4: "The Man Who Knew" Mr. Spivey
Watch Chapter 2, 5, 8 and 9

3. After you get into your assigned room have one person be your "secretary" and log onto Once you have logged in, go ahead and direct your group to the "9/11 Mind Map" at Take a couple of minutes to answer the following and post it on the Mind Meister: "What do you know about 9/11?"

4. Watch videos and take notes on the 9/11 Mind Map in the section entitled "What did you learn from video? What did you find interesting?"

5. After video is done, return to Mr. Spivey's and answer the last question, "What more did you want to know?"

6. You will receive some questions that we will discuss as a class.

7. After the discussion is done we will analyze the '9/11 Mind Map' and revisit the question "What types of filters do we use help us breakdown, filter and analyze the information that we search for?"

For homework you will have two assignments. First topic is just food for thought for future projects when we get full swing into the class. In theory the video is more about "innovation" than anything else. Will take only 20 minutes and is very insightful. Also below is the media "SAT" vocabulary list created by your media specialist, Mr. Spivey. Make sure that you are familiar with the words so that you can use them in conversation. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO MAKE A VOCABULARY LIST THAT YOU WOULD HAND IN! Know the words.

Vocabulary Lists that are Totally Cool

Conventional Wisdom
Cognitive Dissonance
Mass Media
Conspiracy theory
Hidden Agenda
Media Ownership
Product Placement
Social Norms
Public Service Announcement
Peer Pressure
Violence as Humor
violence in media
sex appeal
Note* Do not have to define them and turn in. Just need to be able to incorporate these ideas into the next lesson.

Music to listen to while you study:

Lesson Two: Think Before you Speak, Media Literacy

1. 9-11 Socratic Seminar -Finish up thoughts about 9/11 and media's point of view.

2. MLK Realizing the Truth! - Learning the surprising truth!

3. 5 Core Concepts of Media and (Make your own) Commercial Lesson - How can we be more conscious about the way we judge media?

Lesson Three: Media Training as Advertisers

*Note: This lesson is being put together by Stacy and Mr. Spivey. If you have any concerns talk to Stacy, if you have any complements talk to Mr. Spivey! :)

Advertising as a form of influence


Potential progress on making this class more international is now taking place. As a class we need to discuss if given the opportunity we will take full advantage of it. Or as a group do we want to be cautious of expanding? The pontential plan is connecting with a school from Russia and the US (Atlanta, Georgia area). The two schools have already worked with each other for a year and here is their collaborative website:

In terms of our contact, Mr. Henderson (Henderson's Current Issues Class) has skype and is willing to talk with us this morning. So before we call him I want your opinions, ideas, thoughts and concerns so that we can make an informative, solid decision that we all can buy into.

Lesson Four: Shifts in media during the 21st century


Here is a news report on what Mr. Henderson's CWI class was able to achieve last year. A very cool intro for us to reflect on today! It really get my blood pumping with excitement!

A short "hello" from the ATL!

21st Century Shifts: Pictures in the News

I. Read-- "Digital Forensics: 5 Ways to Spot a Fake Photo" in Scientific American Journal
II. Sign up or sign in to a flickr account.
III. Look for the private group "KIS CWI" and request to join.
VI. Use skills acquired from the article as a class figure out which pictures are "doctored" and which are not.

21st Century Shifts: 21st Century News Reporters; You!

Questions to Think About:
1. How is access and publishing of information changing?
2. How do you see yourself getting involved, if involved at all?
3. Do you think media should be control or filtered by a higher authority (government or experts) or should the average person be taken seriously for their ideas in a "published media" sense? Why?
4. What are the benefits of 21st century media? What are the down falls of of 21st century media?
5. What problems do you see now and in the future about media? What more do you want to explore?

Brian Storming!

Need to come up with ideas on themes that we want to look at first. For example population, terrorism, globalism, shifts in world power, religion in the modern world, piracy etc. Each student will need to write down their top three ideas and write a short justification why we should take time to understand the topic. Remember that the world is yours so make it personal!

Lesson Five: Tips and Tricks for the 21st Century and You!

Who owns media?

This is a short, anti-corporate explanation of how the mainstream media functions in the United States from Updoc Films.

Discussion Questions Revisited

We will spend the next 15 minutes discussing the questions above.

21st Century Media Literacy Captivation Stations!

Mr. Spivey is starting to get sick of hearing his own voice and ideas. So instead we will have you spend the rest of the day exploring topics revolving around 21st century media literacy that you will have 10 minutes next class to teach us. We will use a website developed by Dr. Alec Couros ( to help guide us through our exploration. By the end of our exploration of these topics you will be expected to answer; "What is media literacy in the 21st century? How does it apply to my life?"


1. Pick a partner and a topic--
Digital Safety:
Digital Citizenship:
Social Networking:
Research and In The News:
Cyber Bullying:
Misinformation, Satire and/or Hoaxes:
Internet Scams and Money- Making Models:
Privacy, Surveillance, GPS and Related Trends:
Others (Own Idea):

2. Learn what a captivation station assignment looks like:

3. Explore Dr. Couros website as a starting point for starting research:

4. Come up with idea for captivation station and be ready to present next class. You will have the first 20 minutes of class to get your presentations together.

Names in Groups

ATTENTION: Your first "test" will be on Sept. 9th 2009 going over concepts and ideas explored in modern day media.


Here are the four focus groups based on four main ideas from brainstorming. Under these questions will be listed the groups' members. We would like to have each group prepare 5 Keynote slides that answer their question. As for the Keynote, please keep the design minimalistic. There's nothing that looks worse than a cluttered keynote packed with text. Rather you should KNOW what you're going to present, using only key visuals and key terms.

Your group's "segment" of the presentation should be at 5 minutes. Once your group has finished its 5 slides, email them to During class, Jane and I will help out with content as well as design. At one point, we will have a rehearsal of this presentation.

Presentation Result!

What people are saying about the CWI/Media Literacy Parent Presentation!

"Tell your students they did a great job. I was impressed. Hopefully the parents enjoyed it."
- Ms. Bedessem, Elementary School Art @ Korea International School

"I don't know what you think, but I deem this conference a SUCCESS! I'm watching the class teach their parents right now, and it sounds like they are really enjoying the process! (I'm hearing lots of "WOWS" and "COOLS" and "OH YEAHH" with the skype tutorials)"
-Jane W., Presentation leader who was sick and was not able to attend in person but join by watching online