The Integrated Media Literacy Project was a special, one-time grant project funded by Vancouver Foundation, Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication and The Cinematheque, and was designed to provide free, high-quality, in-class professional development to Lower Mainland educators. The focus was to integrate sustainable, simple and free online media tools into the Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and Math curricula while developing students criticality and media literacy skills. Teachers were provided with the tools to deliver media education and basic technical training to their students, while simultaneously engaging students in collaborative and challenging activities that powerfully deepened their learning.
Trained facilitators collaborated with teachers over the course of five sessions: first in a one-on-one collaborative Pro-D Session, and four In-Class Sessions.
The projects undertaken by facilitators and teachers were broad and included:
- Using the customizable presentation tool Prezi that encouraged students to find dynamic visuals, videos and sound clips to share their learning about space and the solar system with their peers and the world beyond;
- Developing brainstorming skills and the tools to identify relevant and connected components of a story by creating fairy tales with Popplet and VoiceThread;
- Utilizing the website and blog creator Weebly to teach students how to creatively design an engaging website that displayed their web-based research of Ancient Civilizations.
On this page you will find the results of our work with these teachers: a series of lesson plans co-created by our participating teachers, our Education Department, and the facilitating School of Communication students from Simon Fraser University.
The Integrated Meda Literacy Project was supported by the Vancouver Foundation and Simon Fraser University School of Communication.
FREE LESSON PLANS FOR DOWNLOAD: