Media Literacy: A Vital and Underserved Need in Schools
Media literacy is an urgent – and largely unmet – priority among educators in schools today. That’s what over a thousand teachers and library-media specialists from across the country told Cable in the Classroom in an exclusive survey conducted in 2006.
In today’s media-saturated world, students spend a large part of their lives in front of, interacting with, and even creating digital images and words. The media children consume and interact with may have the potential to greatly influence their beliefs and behaviors. Educators, therefore, want to ensure that their students use media responsibly and well.
This report looks at the state of media literacy as seen by educators from all levels – elementary, middle, and senior high – and points to some of Cable in the Classroom’s timely and useful resources. These tools can help schools empower students to become thoughtful users of media for learning and for their lives.
Related Tools & Resources
The new definition of media literacy now includes the ability to access, understand, analyze, evaluate and create media messages.
Originated the 5 core concepts that explain media literacy & the 5 key questions that get kids thinking & analyzing media messages.
Created by noted media literacy authority Frank Baker, the Clearinghouse is a rich source of links for information and activities including articles, lesson plans, activities, and research findings.
An online primer for parents and teachers on the key concepts of media literacy.
There are no neutral or value-free media messages.