Teaching Visual Literacy: Media Studies Before the Internet
media studies demo
I thought I'd share this recently rediscovered relic from my early days as a teacher. Keep in mind that when I began teaching, educational technology featured:
- Mimeo ~ remember the smell?
- Filmstrip ~ who wants to advance the slides?
- 16 mm film ~ you kids be quiet while I splice the break in the film!
When the Betamax arrived to my classroom I was in heaven! Back in the late 1970's I started teaching a high school "Media Studies" class. (Pittsford-Sutherland HS, Rochester NY). It was one semester, social studies elective that examined the impact of media on society (mainly TV - and all very McLuhan
Duane Sherwood and I were inspired by early TV pioneer, Ernie Kovacs
to shoot this 1 minute video. I used it after my first few introductory lessons. That day, instead of their teacher, my students found a TV / recorder in front of the class. The sign instructed them to "watch this video."
The shot took hours to set up. I attribute my bad acting / missed lines to sitting sideways and trying to keep a straight face. It's just too bad I wore red flannel and khakis that day....
Hat tip to Stan Merrell for digitizing this one!