Teaching the Media Child in the Digital Swarm: The Case for Media Education

The author reflects on how students learn in today’s “digital swarm” and proposes four ways for teachers and schools to engage young people in the classroom. “Any child can operate the devices that transmit the media; the imperative is to provide our youth with the proficiencies to operate them with responsibility, insight and judgment.”

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This article originally appeared a special Symposium Issue on Media Literacy and Arts Education, in Arts Education Policy Review, Vol. 102, No. 6; p. 25-27, July/August, 2001.   Reused with permission of the Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation.  Published by Heldref Publications, 1319 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Copyright © 2001.