Media Literacy in the Classroom
Media literacy in the classroom can look a number of different ways. For some schools, districts, or states, media literacy is a standalone subject, while in others, it’s incorporated into subject areas. It’s currently being added to curricular standards or frameworks for multiple subjects, including social studies, civics, science, health, technology, and English/language arts. Often, individual teachers take initiative to incorporate media literacy into their lessons to help students think more critically about the messages they’re receiving through various forms of media.
As media literacy education standards and requirements are developed in more states around the country, it’s important to find a way to support teachers and schools with training and resources.
Advocate for media literacy in your school
Teachers, librarians, and school administrators are some of our greatest allies. Often we see individual teachers taking initiative to incorporate media literacy into their everyday classroom instruction. Educators see the value in providing students of all ages the skills to think critically about the information and media they consume, acknowledge biases and motives, understand social media algorithms, and navigate safely and confidently in our digital landscape.
There are a number of wonderful organizations that offer educators curriculum guides and professional development and training opportunities. Be sure to check out our Resource Library to connect with a number of them.
Additionally, we’re in the process of compiling a guide for educators looking to get started that includes strategies, ideas, and practical advice. Check back again soon!