These “Don’t Buy It!” pages from the PBS Kids site are designed for younger folks, but they’re pretty fun for anybody — and there are potential applications and ideas for high school teachers, some jumping off points here, including for cross-curricular work with health classes. There are interactive questions and games for critical thinking about advertising, entertainment-related issues, and lots more, as well as excellent media literacy resources for teachers offered by PBS. And in putting up this post, I just had to include this image from PBS’s media savvy creation “WordGirl,” featuring narration by Chris Parnell (of the classic “Lazy Sunday” digital shorts with Andy Samberg) and many other great voice talents.
Archive for November, 2012
Just a couple of weeks ago, a newly restored version of David Lean‘s classic film Lawrence of Arabia was released on BluRay. Here is an excellent article on the highly instructive story of its restoration. This topic provides excellent examples and insights into the relationship of traditional celluloid-based moviemaking and digital media.
Here are some useful links on the topic of film preservation: National Film Preservation Foundation, Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation (which always has wonderfully produced and informative clips streaming on their site), a Kodak page on movie archiving, and here is a clearinghouse page with lots of links to topics associated with film preservation and motion picture history.