Category Archives: Media Literacy and Pop Culture

Whatcha Gonna Do? Reading “Bad Boys”

As a Communications Technology teacher there are a number of great pleasures found in my day-to-day. From observing the student joy of production or the laughter of collaboration gone right, it’s truly a unique classroom where all learners readily show … Continue reading

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The Karate Kid Saga Continues…

As any teacher will know, being a teacher means that you often look at the world through a teacher-lens. You see things and read things from a perspective that often relates to your existence in a classroom and working with … Continue reading

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[Photoshop Tutorial) Sarah Connor Returns

Well before the Me Too Movement, Times Up and the repositioning of gender politics within popular Hollywood film with movies such as Ghostbusters (2016) or the introduction of superhero heroines such as Captain Marvel, there was Sarah Connor. For the … Continue reading

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[Media Smarts Lesson Plan] Finding the Truth in Deep Fake Video (Gr. 9-12)

Teachers’ Note: As global citizens entrenched in a digital and thus interconnected world, we are now officially in uncharted territory. Just as mobile video shared through social media applications promised to disrupt oppression with the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the onset … Continue reading

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David Morrell on Rambo and the need for Hope

Now in my 15th year of teaching, I can look back on many fond memories of truly unique teaching and learning experiences in and out of the classroom. However, I’m not sure that yesterday’s experience will be easily matched. As … Continue reading

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[Trailer Review] Rambo Returns in the Trump Era

There’s something to be said about the durability of Sylvester Stallone’s action brand. Since the release of his career defining Rocky in 1976, Stallone’s creative body of film work has been continuously prolific. Regardless of critical acclaim, respective projects may … Continue reading

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[Trailer Review] Top Gun: Maverick & the 80s Renaissance

As Tom Cruise revealed the dynamic trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, yesterday at San Diego Comic Con, the Twitter-verse is a buzz with applause and wonder. For Generation Xers like me, all things Top Gun are a welcome return. For … Continue reading

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