Media Literacy


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Media Literacy is a 21st century approach to education exploring messages in a variety of forms – from print to video to digital to the Internet. The 2-day Institute will offer models for a variety of approaches to media analysis and production across the curriculum. Teachers and resource staff will explore key concepts and strategies for teaching about media in the classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to directly apply their learning to curricular materials especially applicable in Language Arts, Social Studies (including history, government and civics), and the Fine Arts. They will come away with relevant curricular materials and approaches that can be immediately applied in their classrooms.

The Institute is FREE, with equipment & notebooks provided, but you must reserve your place by August 7, 2009. Call SWAMP at 713-522-8592, ext. 2 or send your name, home phone & address, school name, grade, and subject area to us by email.

Day One
Inquiry and Critical Thinking Approaches: Key Concepts and Critical Questions
Hands On Video Production Activities: Video Intros, Video Alphabet, and Animation

Day Two
Classroom Curriculum Integration and Values Education Approaches
Hands On Multi-Media Activities: Social Studies, Language Arts, and Advertising Topics

Instructor Deborah Leveranz is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of media literacy. She has produced numerous award-winning television programs for children, as well as hundreds of videos with students across Texas. She has been the keynote speaker for the National Media Literacy Conference and worked with the TEA’s QUEST program to revise the Texas educational standards to include media literacy, developing the initial standards that were implemented in 1998.


Staff development certificates are available.

The Media Literacy Institute is presented with support from:
The Houston Endowment, Inc
Houston Arts Alliance
Houston Film Commission

Please see our Donors page for more information on our benefactors.

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MISSION: The Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) promotes the creation and appreciation of film, video, and new media as art forms of a multicultural community.