Gateway Media Literacy Partners has been able to sustain an ongoing conversation about the importance of media literacy education across the St. Louis region. Researchers at the MacArthur Foundation imagine the directions learning institutions might take in response to the exponential growth of informal learning online.
In this issue of Connections, we draw upon current research to facilitate understanding of the nature of video game play by children, and we provide tools for understanding the messages which video games communicate about the world we live in.
In Anaheim, students advocate for 21st century skills instruction. In Boston, students learn the power and responsibility that comes with wielding a video camera. In this issue, we explore best practices in media literacy and media production programs for enhancing student empowerment. Includes an interview with Alan Michel, Executive Director of HOME, and the 2013 Jesse McCanse Awards.
Critical construction of media is a vital and necessary step towards digital citizenship and full participation in our media culture. In this issue, we discuss the benefits of critical media production programs for students, and demonstrate how they can be successfully implemented in K-12 schools. In our research section, we explore the theory and practice of critical media construction in schools, including the responsibilities implied by global distribution of student content. Media literacy pioneer Barry Duncan passed away in June.
In this issue, we demonstrate how skills are embedded in media literacy curriculum, and show how recent political and policy developments could make skills an integral component of American school curricula. The 2010 National Educational Technology Plan released by the Department of Education last month predicts that personalized learning systems will revolutionize teaching and learning in American schools. The 2010 National Educational Technology Plan released by the Department of Education.
This issue focuses on the network of informal learning institutions, particularly museums and libraries, through which media literacy learning often takes place and we examine the evolution of these institutions in a digital world, illuminating the learning opportunities which these developments make possible.