HOME, Inc., and MIT’s Comparative Media
Studies, partner on a one-day conference on Media Literacy.
The event is scheduled for October 27th and will take place
at the MIT Campus: Building E51. It has been two years since
we had our wonderful conference, Media Literacy, Building
Critical Thinking Skills In Our Media Age at MIT.
Since fall of 2005 so many things have changed. The cell
phone has cameras and people are sharing videos over the
Internet on YouTube and MySpace. Music and video games are
omnipresent, and virtual worlds on the Internet, such as
Second Life are being co-opted by large business and educators,
who are discovering whole new avenues for teaching, learning
The conference theme “Creating and Learning
in a Media Saturated Culture" will showcase the innovative
work of classroom teachers, highlighting new pedagogical
practices that support school reform and after school enrichment.
We will explore after school learning through new platforms
and technologies such as Second Life, and examine the research
that is shaping the field.
Educational decision makers, curriculum
developers, after-school program coordinators, superintendents,
instructors and community leaders are all welcome to attend
and participate in relevant panel discussions and breakout
sessions. The conference will include two plenary sessions
and eight breakout sessions covering topics relating to
“in-school” and “after school” media literacy program development.
Teachers from the Boston Public School's U.S. Department
of Education funded media literacy and health projects will
be highlighted with video presentations, sample curricula,
professional development strategies and more. Discussion
on best practices in Media Literacy curriculum, integration
of replicable programs into K-12 or after school settings,
along with a workshop on developing technology grant proposals,
will provide helpful insight that will enable attendees
to take the next steps toward school reform.
A keynote address will be given by Henry
Jenkins, who is the Ann Fetter Friedlaender Professor of
Humanities and Director of the Comparative Media Studies
Program at MIT, and author of From Barbie to Mortal Kombat:
Gender and Computer Games (MIT Press, 1998).
Mark the date and continue to check this site for program
updates. If you require any additional information on this
event please contact us at, 978-395-5068 or by email at
For registration, seminar program and sponsorship forms
in PDF format, see DOWNLOADS below.