How to Teach Media Literacy

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.

Maps and Media Literacy

A review of Seeing Through Maps: Many Ways to See the World. This book makes a historical journey through the development of a wide array of map projections and map types to help the reader recognize how maps reflect back to us our perceptions of the world.

Frameworks for Inquiry

We focus on the use of frameworks as tools for judgment and decision-making, and show how they embody key principles of media literacy education. We also explore the traditional use of a conceptual framework as a tool for scientific research.

CML's Media Literacy Trilogy

CML introduced a trilogy for anytime, anywhere learning. Two e-books now available online explain why critical thinking, intellectual inquiry and student choice are essential for teaching and learning in an information age, and how the principles of media literacy education can be uniquely helpful for schools which are preparing for systemic change. This issue also includes an interview with media literacy pioneer Jean-Pierre Golay and a summary of the Obama Administration’s Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.