Education Resources

The sites listed here are intended as a convenience to teachers, parents and students. Media Literacy Now does not endorse curriculum or programs.

This page is undergoing a redesign to update sites and improve visitors’ ability to find resources.
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ThinkingApp for teachers

Learnics - Leading the new teaching and learning revolution.

Media Literacy Now is partnering with Learnics to offer teachers and students a FREE Chrome extension, the ThinkingApp, that could play a pivotal role in promoting media literacy in the classroom.

The ThinkingApp provides teachers and students with meaningful graphic information about how research is conducted on the internet. Teachers and researchers across the country are currently using the ThinkingApp in ways that are significantly impacting the teaching/learning process and promoting media literacy.

Go to for instructions for how you and your students can use this FREE tool.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Douglas Lare (

Classroom Materials

Materials and curriculum available online or to order.

Center for Media Literacy

With more than 1,000 pages of editorial content and educational resources, the Center for Media Literacy provides a wide array of evidence-based lessons and curricula.

Consortium for Media Literacy

MediaLit Moments – downloadable classroom activities

#DigCit Utah

Digital Citizenship Resources Library. This curated library owas created by EPIK Deliberate Digital as a free resource for school community councils, parents, educators, and administrators in response to digital citizenship legislation in Utah, and is open to anyone.

Frank Baker’s Media Literacy Clearinghouse

Extensive database of classroom resources organized by medium, concept and teaching standard.

Center on Media and Child Health

Guidance for parents on Media Use, Body Image, Advertising, Nutrition, TV and Movies, Violence, Smoking

Media Smarts

Free online Teacher resources and classroom tools from Canada’s Center for Digital and Media Literacy.

NAMLE Resource Hub

National Association for Media Literacy Education resources, lesson plans and ideas submitted by members

LAMPplatoon: We Put Ads on Notice

The LAMPlatoon Media Breaker lets students comment on advertising by directly editing commercials.

Project Look Sharp

Media Literacy initiative of Ithaca college offers free lesson plans and materials


Founded by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, improve civic knowledge and participation, includes a Media and Influence unit

Spark Movement

Downloadable Media literacy curriculum for girls on media sexualization and becoming an activist.

Powerful Voices for Kids

K-6 media literacy lesson ideas

Institue for Humane Education

Humane Education activity: What price beauty?

The Critical Media Project

Media literacy and the politics of identity – resources for educators from USC Annenberg

Rock Your World

Civic engagement around human rights issues: Curriculum includes research, and developing documentaries, PSAs, media campaigns. project of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.


Work with youth to make audio stories. Also DIY tools for teens.

Social Assurity

Courses teach students to use social media to establish relevant networks and build honest reputations. Also DIY for teens.

Resisting Scientific Misinformation

In conjunction with WGBH’s NOVA, Andy Zucker and Penny Noyce created a one-week unit for grades
6-12 that helps young students distinguish scientific misinformation from reality. It’s available free on this website.

KQED Teach

KQED Teach offers a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on Digital Media. Educators can build skills in digital storytelling, data visualization, and critical media use to support all curriculum areas.


An initiative at the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network empowering people to make short films about themselves, their world and issues about which they are concerned, including cyberbullying.

Media Power Youth

Online teacher training and curriculum for grades 4 to 6 “Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices”  provides tools and materials to implement an evidenced-based media literacy curriculum and to facilitate informed, practical conversations about media.

Media Education Lab

Variety of Media Literacy resources for K-12 teachers from the University of Rhode Island  Media Education Lab

Common Sense Education

Media and technology resources for educators


Digital citizenship curriculum

Salzburg: Global Media Academy

The Global Media Literacy lesson plans illuminate the connections between media literacy and civil society and teach students about the importance of exercising their human right to freedom of expression.

Media Education Foundation

MEF offers resources that support the use of their films in a wide variety of venues and contexts.

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

In partnership with USA TODAY Education, a series of Media Literacy lessons focused on gender, self-image and equality.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

Media Literacy program from the sponsor of the Oscars


Lesson plans to go with the Miss Representation feature film, available free to public schools.

Hardy Girls Healthy Woman

HGHW Curriculum and other resources.
Project Girl curriculum and other resources.

News Literacy Project

Learn Channel: A collection of talks, lessons and other digital resources for 21st century learners

Welcoming Schools

A project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Resources include using books to look at gender stereotypes in grades 1-3 and examining gender roles in advertising for grades 4-5

Jacob Burns Film Center

Curriculum for media literacy for grades K-12 that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy. Curriculum features student-made film and community outreach via student-made media.

White Ribbon Week

One week sequence for elementary schools on internet safety, healthy online habits, critical thinking about media.

Generation Citizen

Offers an Action Civics course that includes media analysis and media production

PBS Learning Media/WGBH

News and media literacy materials including videos, blog articles, student handouts, lesson plans, and tip sheets for families.


Financial literacy curriculums with a media literacy component for middle and high school teachers as well as homeschool parents and individuals.

Media Aware Parent

Information, activities and videos to help parents talk with and empower their teen to make healthy decisions about relationships, sexual health, and media.

Materials for Parents


Video describes four-part digital protection package recommended by Cyberwise.


Center on Media and Child Health

Extensive resources – What you need to know, how to guide your children, teens

Common Sense Media

Media reviews with parents in mind


“No grownup left behind” – social media guide, online safety and more

Dr. Rebecca Hains

Preschool Media Literacy guide for parents

Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

Recognize media messages and talk with your kids

Megan Maas, M.S.

Internet porn: parents’ guide


This is a by-no-means exhaustive list of books. These are books we are more familiar with, and many of the authors are supporters of MLN. We will continue to build this section.

  • For Kids

Made You Look:
How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know

Shari Graydon
Books on media literacy for children and teens are rare. This one is excellent for middle and high school students.

Master the Media:
How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-In World

Julie Smith
This book is marketed to teachers but provides an excellent base of knowledge on how media systems work, from print to internet to TV, film, news, video games and more. 

  • For Parents

Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano

The Achilles Effect: What Pop Culture is Teaching Young Boys about Masculinity
Crystal Smith

Packaging Boyhood: Saving our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers and other Media Stereotypes
Lyn Mikel Brown, Sharon Lamb, Mark Tappan

Spongeheadz: U & Media
Lynn Ziegler

The Princess Problem:
Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years

Rebecca Hains

Redefining Girly:
How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween

Melissa Atkins Wardy

Sexualized Media Messages and Our Children:
Teaching Kids to Be Smart Critics and Consumers

Jennifer W. Shewmaker


Packaging Girlhood Packaging Girlhood:
Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes

Lyn Mikel Brown, Sharon Lamb

Cinderella Ate My Daughter:
Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture

Peggy Orenstein

Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More
Lori Day, Charlotte Kugler

The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents: Helping Toddlers, Tweens, and Teens Thrive
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World
Rosalind Wiseman

Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World Paperback
Rosalind Wiseman

Good Pictures Bad pictures, Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids
Kristen A. Jenson
(For parents to read to young children)

Local Resources by State

Check here for programs, workshops, teachers, and presenters near you. (Thanks to Katie Quartuch for research and Elizabeth Clifford for editing.)


NEW Spot127, KJZZ’s youth media center, empowers teens to find their voices and engage with their communities through photo, audio and video storytelling.

California – San Francisco/Northern California

About-Face offers workshops in school and after school to girls grades 7-12 to identify and address harmful media messages that affect self esteem and body image. The non-profit maintains an educational web site and conducts speaker series in local schools and colleges to promote positive self image.

Common Sense Education offers a library of independent age-based ratings and reviews for movies, books, games, apps, TV shows, websites, and music. It offers a K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum which helps kids to make ethical decisions in the digital world.

Big Picture Educational Consulting offers lesson plans, student viewing guides and brochures that focus on issue driven film and television programs. The projects vary in length depending upon client goals.

Shaping Youth offers media literacy tools such as EBooks, videos and digital downloads for teachers that promote a balanced view of popular culture, identifying negative messaging on such topics as the marketing of sports drinks.

California – Los Angeles/Southern California

Message Media Education offers workshops, lectures and other training programs that advance critical thinking about media; develop leadership skills to foster social and racial justice in education and counter racist messaging.

USC Annenberg Innovation Lab offers workshops and multimedia publications to better understand media and its impact on government, education, business and consumers. They mentor student startups and inform on media and entertainment policy.

Cyberwise sponsors workshops for schools and companies. (See also online resources, above)

California – San Diego

Outside the Lens provides a K-12 curriculum that teaches photography and digital media for kids to learn how to create media and understand it. They offer photography workshops for all ages and all abilities, summer camps for photography, documentary making, and cross-cultural film exploration; and teacher training seminars.


Welcome2Reality offers workshops, consultative services and conflict resolution associated with social media.

Illinois – Chicago

Free Spirit Media offers a program, HoopsHIGH, which gives students expertise to report on high school sports. The program includes summer camps; after school programs for film making and news writing; a 9 month course of workshops for young people 18-25 on the film and music industry.


MEDIAGIRLS offers a 10 week after school program that teaches participants to be critical of media messaging and learn to write and publish content speaking out against sexism and gender stereotyping. The organization also offers a speaker program for schools, community centers, youth groups and camps and health and wellness workshops.

Transformative Culture Project  provides education and employment in photo, video and media production services for youth living in low income neighborhoods. A second program, Network(ED) works with individual students to foster interest and production in the creative arts through curriculum and mentoring.

Home, Inc. offers a Media Lab Partnership with schools which focuses on teaching video production and media analysis to educators and students.

The Message offers live performance using themes of social consciousness and media literacy through music. Topics include: media literacy, sexual health, low self-esteem, hip- hop culture, the music industry, and online reputation management. The organization offers two programs: “The Message Tour”, an interactive live music program and The Message Academy, a media literacy workshop for students 13-18.

Screen Savvy Kids offers both customized and online workshops for parents and teachers to promote media literacy. Two programs available among several are: Ad Savvy Kids and Is It Newsworthy, focusing on analysis of advertising and what is newsworthy.


Gateway Media Literacy Partners provides programming on media literacy. offers lesson plans for teachers on teaching journalism; and online resources for students in news and media literacy.

New Hampshire

Media Power Youth offers in school and after school curricula which provide health focused media literacy education for youth, parents and professionals. Their programming covers violence prevention programs; youth production workshops and camps; speakers and workshops; and consultation to the media.

New Jersey

Kidsbridge offers the Kidsbridge Tolerance Center and the Kidsbridge Life Skills Program, an interactive learning lab, which fosters tolerance for persons with disabilities and different sexual orientation and bullying prevention.

New York

Radio Rookies conducts workshops across New York, in predominantly under-resourced neighborhoods, training young people to use words and sounds to tell true stories. Upon completion, the Rookies’ documentaries air on WNYC’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

The Media Spot offers workshops and curriculum development for K-12 and higher in media literacy. They also offer training to educators and professionals.

The Lamp offers programs during and after school in media literacy customized to student needs, skills and interest. See also online resources above.

Press4Kids offers a news application, News-O-Matic, that features five new stories per day for young readers covering current and world events. The interactive application allows teachers to use a variety of methods to engage student responsiveness, building their knowledge of vocabulary, geography and gaining relevance to the story content.

Jacob Burns Film Center offers curriculum for media literacy for grades K-12 that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy. Curriculum features student-made film and community outreach via student-made media.

#BKAmplify  is an initiative at the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network empowering people to make short films about themselves, their world and issues about which they are concerned including cyberbullying.

New York – Ithaca

Project Look Sharp offers lesson plans, workshops, consultancy and speaker series in support of integrating media literacy with critical thinking at all educational levels. The lesson plans, integrated with the Common Core State Standards, cover such topics as United States History, Social Justice, Global Studies, Science and the Environment, Health, Psychology (also online).

North Carolina – Charlotte

i am NOT THE MEDIA offers programming to empower teens through media literacy and media creation.


Portland Community Media Center  offers workshops in video production, media literacy, digital storytelling, and animation to young people 12-18. They offer customized programming to schools, groups and non-profits. They host a year round club to youth interested in media; summer camps, and classes on field production, editing and animation.

Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Center for Media and Information Literacy offers curriculum development, targeted research on current media issues; after school media literacy programs, teacher media literacy education programs, seminars and workshops, consultative services with media companies.

Rough Cut offers workshops to teachers on topics such as filmmaking in the classroom and on teaching critical thinking with media for students. They provide semester long online courses to high school students in the field of media.


News Literacy Project offers in-class, after school and online programming where students have opportunity to learn from working journalists about critical analysis of news and media. Workshops are offered for professional development and for students.


Beauty Redefined offers speaking engagements locally and beyond.

Washington DC

Meridian Hill Pictures offers a year-long program called Youth Documentary for students 10-18 that features nonfiction storytelling about community issues which affect young people. They offer video story telling training for schools and professionals.