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Media Literacy in the Television Age

3 Credits
From the morning news to the afternoon talk shows to the commercial-saturated evening sitcoms, daily we are bombarded with hundreds of media messages. The focus of this course is on critical thinking and communication skills as they relate to understanding the world of information around us.

Lessons include interpreting the signs, symbols and meanings in media, decoding both explicit and implied messages and developing the tools necessary to critically evaluate media, with emphasis on television. A variety of teaching strategies and curriculum materials, adaptable for all K-12 teachers, is provided.

Upon registering, the instructor will mail physical course materials at no additional cost. All assignments may be completed without classroom participation. Instructor support is always readily available by email and phone. Additional information at:

NOTE: Required textbook must be acquired separately (see syllabus for details).

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Steve Young

Just as my mother lived from the dawn of the airplane to watching men walk on the moon, I’ve witnessed the computer shrink in size from a locomotive to a fingernail; from costing more than a house to less than a pair of shoes. In 35 years I’ve worked as a teacher, lecturer, trainer, and technology coordinator, always striving to find the best way to teach. If a pencil does the job, use a pencil. Simple. But the world is not simple, and there are things students need to comprehend that require a depth of knowledge best reached through the power of technology. Never before have I seen so many teachers marvel at how technology has enhanced their classroom - it’s still fun to watch the light bulbs go on!