Thursday, February 9, 2017

Diversity in the Classroom and Media Influences

Begin by analyzing short “State of the village report” from 2005 originally created in 1992 by Donella H. Meadows

- Read a short article about challenges in defining Multicultural Education and also about the areas of social transformation.

Take a quick visual "snap judgement" test on  Explore resources there

- Read about “Key Characteristics of a Multicultural Curriculum” by P.Gorski

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- Read short article “Transforming Myself to Transform My School: with the special attention to “Ten Critical and Self-critical Things I Can Do to Be a Better Multicultural Educator:

- The following video was posted in 2011. Are men and women really equal today?

- Watch kids reaction to the Cheerios ad.  In the ad, a white mother tells her bi-racial daughter about Cheerios' benefits to the heart. The little girl grabs the box and leaves. The next scene shows her sleeping African American father awaking to finds Cheerios piled on his heart. Unfortunately many people thought the video was offensive. It received such a large amount of angry and hateful remarks on YouTube that the comments section was shut down. Fortunately when the commercial was shown to the kids, they did not see race in a  family as an issue.

- Watch the video “Misconceptions; Do’s & Don’ts of a 1st Year Teacher” created by Mississippi State University students about racial stereotypes (4 min)

- Browse and Follow the Kid World Citizen organization on Pinterest  for a variety of multicultural activities and resources

Additional resources:

ISTE Standards  for students connection: Standard #2 c: Students develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures

ISTE Standards for teachers connection:  Standard #4.d. Teacher develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools.

We use media in different ways. The same media content may gratify different needs for different individuals. The resources below explaining the effects of the media from the point of view of audiences.
Needs and Gratifications model of the Media by Blumler &  Katz)

How to Tell if You Are a Racist? Consider the questions, answer to yourself.

Watch the An Anti-Bullying Message From the NOH8 Campaign (2.27 min)

Information for Teens: The Media &Your Life - How the media affects Teens & Young Adults

Video “Tellin' Stories” about program designed to increase parental involvement and student achievement in America's public schools.

- The digital story about the depression and issues faced by Asian American girl - pay attention to the poem in the story (also typed under the video) (5.29 min)

Elders React to Nicki Minaj - Anaconda

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