In an age when anyone can publish content online and call it news and so much bias exists in the media no matter which way you lean, it can be difficult for adults to decipher what is fact and what is fiction. Now try asking a student to figure it out! But being able to take a piece of news and determine 1) if it is from a reliable source, 2) if the information is accurate or just opinion and 3) what hidden messages (if any) are included are essential skills for today's media-saturated individuals. So how do we teach our students to recognize what they're looking at and what those messages mean? It's time to talk media literacy!
Media literacy is the ability to identify different types of media and understand the messages contained within. We all know how fast and through just how many avenues (TV, radio, internet, magazines, newspapers, social media) information comes at us every single day. It can be overwhelming to try to keep up with it all and to try to verify the accuracy. And to make it even more difficult, now anyone with a device and internet connectivity can create and publish content. This makes it even more important for educators to help students learn the skill of critical thinking when it comes to consuming news and published material.
Online resources abound to help you discuss media literacy with your students, no matter what age. Here are just a few:
What other resources do you incorporate into your media literacy toolkit? Please share!
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