How to Teach Media Literacy

Media Violence

We survey media violence research, examine the debates that make media violence a “hot” topic, and explain why media literacy education is a game- changing strategy which re-frames the terms of debate.  

Media Literacy and Student Empowerment

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.  

Media Literacy and Science

Media Literacy in the science classroom.  Includes articles on The Journey North: Turning Students into International Field Scientists a new book to help students learn Media and Science Literacy Skills, and Partnership for 21st Century Skills publishes Skills Map for Science.

Media Literacy and Media Construction

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.

Media Literacy and the Common Core

We present some of the basics for integrating media literacy education into the Common Core.  And we interview teacher educator Jeff Share from the UCLA Center X Teacher Education Program (and CML alumnus), who speaks to the possibilities for shaping implementation of the standards to meet the needs of media literacy educators.  

Media Literacy and 21st Century Skills

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.

Media Literacy and Risk Assessment

Media literacy training helps consumers of all ages make reasoned, reflective decisions of all kinds in a society where media frequently supply our sources of information. Media literacy instruction helps us understand how media can affect us emotionally, how they can color our perceptions, and how they can shape our choices. Based on our years of experience in the field, many children don‘t believe that the media influence them at all. Yet research shows that media are a primary socializing agent in society.

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