Additional Qualifications in Media Studies
About This Course
Media are the oceans in which we live and communicate. Sometimes calm; sometimes turbulent; always changing. As with oceans, we need media but must know how to navigate and use them. This is why media literacy is the most important skill, and why we cannot be too media literate.
Teachers need to know and exercise media literacy because students learn and demonstrate their learning via media. AML knows Ontario’s media literacy curriculum because we wrote it, making Ontario the first educational jurisdiction in the world to mandate media studies in every core English/Language course.
Our instructors have worked in K-12 classrooms, and we employ our exceptional colleagues as guest speakers and mentors. We seek out and collaborate with global scholars and classroom teachers on the cutting edge of media literacy education, combining pedagogical theory and its grounding practice.
We recognize the challenging work/life balance of teachers, so there is much opportunity to apply your learning practically and immediately to your own classroom.
What will you gain from this course?
- you will learn how to develop lessons from unfolding media environments and experiences
- you will build a personal collection of resources and lessons
- you will learn to integrate critical thinking about equity and social justice into Secondary and Grades K-8 cross-curricula
- you will learn to integrate critical thinking about pop culture, social and informational media, digital technologies, and literature (& more) into Secondary and Grades K-8 cross-curricula
- you will refine/expand your media production skills & those of your students
- you will learn how to integrate media production (image, video, audio) into your practice, in order to enhance and support reading, writing, speaking, listening, group, research and media literacy skills
- you will learn how to assess and evaluate students’ media literacy work
- successful OCT members will have Additional Qualification Media, Part 1 added to their teaching qualifications
- you will have FUN!
How will you learn?
You will use collaborative inquiry, presentations and online tools to build a collection of current and personalized media-teaching strategies, including hands-on experiences, inquiry, creativity, media production, self-directed learning, assessment tools and strategies, collaboration, team-teaching and global citizenship to support your ongoing practice. You will hear and discover experienced guest media teachers share their current challenges and successes. And you will have private, one-on-one consultation access to course instructors as needed, in a setting with a maximum of 30 learners.
- The Media Additional Qualification Part 1 will run October 2021 – January 2022.
- It is comprised of 125 hours of work in an online format, consisting of both asynchronous and synchronous (ET) professional learning
- Teachers will have one-on-one consultation access to course instructors as needed, in a setting with a maximum of 30 learners.
- Members of the Ontario College of Teachers are eligible to receive an Additional Qualifications Part One certificate. Non-OCT members will receive an AML certificate.
- Cost: $685CAD
- Registration deadline is September 30, 2021.
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