CML MediaLit Kit
Featuring A Framework for Learning and Teaching in a Media Age
CML puts power into the hands of educators and students through the tools and resources contained in the CML MediaLit Kit. Covering the Theory, Practice and Implementation of media literacy and based on CML's research-based framework called Questions/TIPS (Q/TIPS), educator resources include:
- CML's Basic Framework: A Research-based Approach
- Literacy for the 21st Century 2nd Edition (newly revised)
- Literacy for the 21st Century 1st Edition (Free download)
- Questions/TIPS (Q/TIPS)
- CML's Response to FCC (step by step primer for media literacy implementation)
- Breakfast Epiphanies: Project-Based Learning Through Media Literacy and Nutrition
- Media Literacy: A System for Learning AnyTime, AnyWhere (exploring Change Management, Deconstruction and Construction)
- Five Key Questions that Can Change the World
- MediaLit Moment Activity Archive
- Beyond Blame: Challenging Violence in the Media
- A Recipe for Action: Deconstructing Food Advertising
- Teaching Democracy: A Media Literacy Approach
- Project SMARTArt
- Professional Development
- Research and Evaluation
- Student Made Media
- CML Lesson Plan & Activity Archive
Like a map for a journey, the CML MediaLit Kit™ provides a vision and directions for successfully introducing media literacy in classrooms and community groups from preK to college. It offers a systematic way of constructing curriculum that is modular, flexible, replicable, measurable and scaleable -- and that meets 21st century needs. All of CML's recent research and development work is contained in the Kit.
The CML MediaLit Kit™ provides, for the first time, an accessible, integrated, research-based teaching strategy needed to assist schools and districts in organizing and structuring teaching activities using a media literacy lens. Based on longstanding theoretical foundations and a research-based approach, education tools contained in the CML MediaLit Kit™ reflect a philosophy of empowerment through education and articulate the key components of an inquiry-based media literacy education.
The cornerstone of CML's approach rests with its basic framework, called Questions/TIPS (Q/TIPS), which feature the Five Core Concepts and the Five Key Questions of Media Literacy for both deconstruction or consumers of media, as well as construction or producers of media. (CML's Five Key Questions of Media Literacy for construction or producers of media are available in the second edition of CML's ground breaking book, Literacy for the 21st Century. The Empowerment Spiral, contained in both editions of Literacy for the 21st Century, provides a guide to decision-making and action.)
Adopting CML's basic framework creates a common vocabulary, generates common understandings and promotes consistent instructional methodology across disciplines, across grade levels, across schools and districts, even states and nations. Using CML's Five Core Concepts and Five Key Questions enables you to:
- set your students on fire in the classroom
- give them a filtering system for critical thinking and discernment about any media message, anywhere, anytime, anyhow
- help them acquire content knowledge on a lifelong basis
- significantly impact their health choices and behavior
- show them how to represent themselves effectively as active citizens and contributors, and
- dare we say it -- have a fun way to learn.
Most of all using the CML MediaLit Kit™ as the foundation for organizing and teaching media literacy in the PK-12 classroom, creates a 21st century learning environment in which students gain the communicating, problem-solving, and decision-making skills needed for living all of their lives in a global media culture.
The MediaLit Kit™ documents can be used individually or together, for training workshops, in-services, library reference and parent/community education as well as in the K-12 classroom. The CML MediaLit Kit™ and its various elements are available for sale as well as for licensing to publishers, training organizations and service agencies needing an established framework for incorporating inquiry-based media literacy in their own products and services.
“…A marvelous piece of work – clear, concise, the distillation of the most available research and practice…As a framework for taking teachers through all of the necessary stages, components, ideas and assumptions about media literacy, it could scarcely be bettered. I hope it gets into the hands of every teacher in the land.”
Len Masterman, author, Teaching the Media