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Media Literacy Week November 7-11, 2011

Wanted: Tech savvy kids to profile on YTV’s The Zone...

The ZoneMedia Awareness Network and Canadian Teachers’ Federation are pleased to be partnering with YTV’s The Zone on this year’s Media Literacy Week launch event. In advance of the event The Zone will be airing profiles of kids (ages 6-12) who are using technology to make a difference in their communities and beyond. If you know of a youth who you feel would make an inspirational profile for the show, please let us know by emailing us at:

Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence announced...

On October 5, Media Literacy Week collaborator The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence recognized 84 Canadian teachers and early childhood educators for their work as innovative educational leaders. Many of the Award recipients were recognized for their success in implementing digital literacy and information and communications technologies into their classrooms.

Congratulations to all the Award winners!

To read about the recipients, or to nominate an outstanding educator for the 2011-2012 Awards (nominations close November 30), visit:

Reminder: Digital citizenship and social action grants…

ImagineActionIn honour of Media Literacy Week, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation in partnership with Media Awareness Network is offering grants of $500 -$750 for school-based digital citizenship projects. Teachers should apply before November 7, 2011. For more information see:

Featured event…

Media Democracy Days

This year, Media Democracy Days events will be taking place in Vancouver, BC, from November 11-13, at the Pacific Cinemateque, the Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch) and Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. On the Friday evening, keynote speaker Dr. Sut Jhally, founder of the Media Education Foundation, will introduce the weekend with a screening of War Made Easy. Saturday features keynote speaker Judy Rebick, founder of, and a myriad of panels and discussion on the state of Canadian media. A media fair with representatives from 30 independent media organizations will also be on display. A day of hands-on media production workshops will take place on Sunday November 13th.

For more information, visit:

What are you going to be doing November 7-11th? Plan your Media Literacy Week activities and then let us help you spread the word! Contact us at

To see if there are any Media Literacy Week events in your region, visit the Events Calendar.

Featured educator…

This week we’re featuring Melanie White from Ottawa, Ontario.

Melanie WhiteMelanie, an English and Media Studies teacher, has been bridging contemporary with traditional media texts in her classroom for the past 14 years. She enthusiastically embraces new technology and media as a way of encouraging student engagement and critical thinking about contemporary modes of communication. Her most recent classroom activity had students role-play characters from Romeo and Juliet on Twitter, and she has just finished work as an Educational Advisor and co-author on a Grade 11/12 English textbook, Remix: A Revolution of Text Forms, published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd.

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