Essential Competencies of Digital and Media Literacy (ECDML)

Essential Competencies

  1. ACCESS: Finding and using media and technology tools skillfully and sharing appropriate and relevant information with others
  2. ANALYZE & EVALUATE: Comprehending messages and using critical thinking to analyze message quality, veracity, credibility, and point of view, while considering potential effects or consequences of messages
  3. CREATE: Composing or generating content using creativity and confidence in self-expression, with awareness of purpose, audience, and composition techniques
  4. REFLECT: Applying social responsibility and ethical principles to one’s own identity and lived experience, communication behavior and conduct
  5. ACT: Working individually and collaboratively to share knowledge and solve problems in the family, the workplace and the community, and participating as a member of a community at local, regional, national and international levels

“A Constellation of Life Skills”

Digital and Media Literacy Plan of Action defines digital and media literacy as a constellation of life skills that are necessary for full participation in our media-saturated, information-rich society. These include the ability to do the following:

  • Make responsible choices and access information by locating and sharing materials and comprehending information and ideas 
  • Analyze messages in a variety of forms by identifying the author, purpose and point of view, and evaluating the quality and credibility of the content 
  • Create content in a variety of forms, making use of language, images, sound, and new digital tools and technologies 
  • Reflect on one’s own conduct and communication behavior by applying social responsibility and ethical principles 
  • Take social action by working individually and collaboratively to share knowledge and solve problems in the family, workplace and community, and by participating as a member of a community.

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Digital Storytelling Bedrock: Storyboarding Resources.

Storyboarding can leverage media production enthusiasm while providing another opportunity to look at their traditional writing or content.

Continue reading “Digital Storytelling Bedrock: Storyboarding Resources.”

The Media Spot represents media literacy ed to international journalists at the U.S. State Department

Rhys Daunic was invited as a representative of The Media Spot and The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) to the U.S. State Department at to discuss media literacy education with journalists touring media institutions through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Continue reading “The Media Spot represents media literacy ed to international journalists at the U.S. State Department”

Interactive White Board Resources

Interactive White Boards (IWBs) are becoming more and more a tool of the modern classroom. They can be great for sharing, analyzing and deconstructing digital media, and getting kids out of their seats and interacting physically with content. Although there are many brands, the IWB most commonly used in New York is made by SMART Tech. Most of the activities listed in this post can be recreated with a laptop and projector, without an IWB, or even recreated with an iPad (see below).

Interactive White Boards (IWBs) are becoming more and more a tool of the modern classroom. They can be great for sharing, analyzing and deconstructing digital media, and getting kids out of their seats and interacting physically with content. Continue reading “Interactive White Board Resources”

Campers young and old frame the action at The Generation Connection camp 2012.

It is always a goal of TMS/TGC productions to expose this decision-making process within our videos to not only demonstrate the building of media literacy that goes on at camp, but to expose our audience to those lessons as well. We hope to engage viewers in critical thinking about the constructedness of all media as they watch campers make editorial choices, and also transparently share the camp video production process to those who would like to try it for themselves.

It is always a goal of TMS/TGC productions to expose this decision-making process within our videos to not only demonstrate the building of media literacy that goes on at camp, but to expose our audience to those lessons as well. We hope to engage viewers in critical thinking about the constructedness of all media as they watch campers make editorial choices, and also transparently share the camp video production process to those who would like to try it for themselves. Continue reading “Campers young and old frame the action at The Generation Connection camp 2012.”

Mind Map & Readings from K-12 Media Literacy Lecture at Columbia Teachers College.

In March of 2012 I spoke to a class at Columbia Teachers College Graduate School of Education about the potential for project-based learning in K-12 schools through the incorporation of digital media production, and the importance of including media literacy concepts in such efforts. Continue reading “Mind Map & Readings from K-12 Media Literacy Lecture at Columbia Teachers College.”