This past July I had the privilege of participating as a workshop facilitator in an amazing professional development (PD) experience at the URI Summer Institute in Digital Literacy in Providence. “70% of participants rated it the BEST professional development program they have ever experienced in their entire career!”*
The Media Spot’s Rhys Daunic contributed the following chapter to Media Literacy Education in Action, Theoretical and pedagogical perspectives, edited by Belinha S. Deabreu and Paul Mihailidis.
At Soundview Academy (SVA), a middle school in the South Bronx, principal Will Frackelton is leading an effort to leverage students’ digital and media literacy skills acquired in their grade 6-8 filmmaking program to enhance a school-wide initiative of building “accountable talk” into students’ academic interactions.
TMS has worked with Littleton, CO high school English teacher Joseph Destefano since 2007 on his annual Tech Turnoff (a.k.a. “Digital Detox”).
The following principles were identified by The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) as a framework for applying the key concepts of media literacy to teaching practices.
Informed by long-standing curricula in Canada, England, and Australia, U.S. educators at the 1993 Media Literacy National Leadership Conference agreed upon the following concepts that should be included in the analysis of media messages (Hobbs):
Essential Competencies ACCESS: Finding and using media and technology tools skillfully and sharing appropriate and relevant information with others 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 CREATE: Composing or generating content using creativity and confidence […]
Media Literacy Education expands the concept of literacy (i.e., reading and writing) to include all forms of media.
The TMS Media Literacy Unit Planner is used as a tool for the development of units of study that connect curriculum objectives, core concepts of media literacy, technology standards, and the Common Core State Standards. The publically available and reproducable Google Doc template has been, and will continue to be, finessed and refined through planning sessions with the teachers we work with.
21st Century Kindergartners show you what they know, and how they are building skills to participate in the emerging media landscape.