For my Photoshop class last week I tried to bring home to my 6th graders the importance of scrutinizing the media they consume – whether it is a billboard, a news photo in a newspaper, an album cover, celebrity photos, a food label etc.
This is the exercise: Could you put a teacher’s face on the cover of TIME? This recent cover is of one of the twin astronauts, Scott Kelly, (whose brother, Mark is married to former Arizona congresswoman, Gabby Giffords) will be part of a one-year NASA study which I am following.
The local connection and space angle makes it a fascinating topic that will stay relevant until this time next year. The teacher in question is very supportive of this.
This week too, the 6th graders continue to work on their covers. For more details, and to track their progress, check in here…
It’s impossible to overstate how tumultuous a year 2011 has been.
Every year we seem to think that we have been shaken, twisted around, rudely awakened. Usually it’s about technology. But usually it’s about some life-changing technology, or a new ways of doing things. Refreshingly, this year there was a large human dimension to it, some of which I covered here on this blog.
It was as if we were looking through a camera and switching between two filters: Pro-democracy and Anti-terrorism. But we also saw a share of media events, some even about the media!
- The people’s revolutions in Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Russia, Libya…
- In a surprising move, the US captured and killed of Osama Bin Laden — ten years after he declared war on the US.
- Then there was Occupy Wall Street, a movement pooh-poohed by many but seemed to catch on, franchise-like, sprouting arms, posters, and megaphones…
- The shooting (and amazing recovery) of congresswoman Gabby Giffords dominated the early part of the year. At least here in Arizona.
- The media scandal in the UK rocking Rupert Murdock’s empire.
- The Kate and William extravaganza in the media -a.k.a. the royal wedding.
- The earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan in April.
- The passing away of Steve Jobs –perhaps slightly exaggerated as an ‘event’ (even on this blog!) But it made us consider how one man could have impacted so many.
- Aung Su Kyi returned to the political arena, registering to run in upcoming elections