Author Archives: Anja Merilainen

Course 5 Project

I’m thrilled to be writing my last post for the COETAIL program!  I can’t believe that we’ve reached the end already.  I signed up for COETAIL kind of on a lark, not really knowing what I was getting myself into. … Continue reading

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Spoof Ad Projects: Finding Meaning in the Absurd

The Project For their final project, my students flipped the script on gender stereotypes in toy ads by producing their own gender remix commercials.  After studying the specific (and ridiculous!) ways that advertisers use these stereotypes to market toys to … Continue reading

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Kids Around the World Weigh in on Gender and Advertising

For my course 5 final project, I studied the effects of gender stereotypes in advertising with my students.  Over the course of the unit, we talked in depth about how advertisements do more than just sell products- they send resounding messages … Continue reading

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What’s the Big Deal? Students’ Reactions to Ads Show Impact of Gender Stereotypes

So, what’s the big deal about gender stereotypes?  In my last post, I wrote about the differences in advertisements that market toys to boys and girls, and how they send stereotyped messages about how boys and girls play.  In addressing … Continue reading

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Why Ads Matter

It’s no shocker to state that advertising is everywhere.  In 2007, the New York Times reported that the average person living in a city is exposed to 5,000 ads per day.  With the rise of internet use and the increased … Continue reading

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Tips for Teaching Media Literacy

Why teach media literacy? This quarter, I’m teaching media literacy units to both my 7th and 8th grade classes.  The 7th graders are exploring gender stereotypes in advertising, and the 8th graders are analyzing bias in the news.  Why?  I’m … Continue reading

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MOOCs, Moonshots, and the Future of Education

One of the newest trends in higher education, capitalizing on the democratizing properties of the Internet, is the MOOC, or Massive Online Open Courses.  MOOCs began in 2011 as free online courses taught, through a combination of video lectures, online … Continue reading

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Technology Integration and the Paperless Classroom

For a while now I’ve dreamed of operating a paperless classroom.  In today’s digital world, it feels quaint somehow to still be collecting and passing back piles of paper every day that eventually become lost in the dark, inner reaches … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Managing Computers in the Classroom

If there is anything I’ve learned at COETAIL so far, it’s 1) that technology in the classroom has an amazing capacity to revolutionize learning, and 2) that teaching with technology is not optional.  That being said, anyone who has used … Continue reading

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Teaching for Understanding with Technology

Teaching for Understanding Teaching for Understanding is a pedagogical framework that was developed at Harvard University in the 1980’s, when educational researches noticed that students who performed very well on written assessment tests often failed to apply their new knowledge … Continue reading

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