What Is Media Literacy?
is an umbrella term encompassing a variety of approaches that
• develop critical thinking skills around all types of media,
• build an understanding of how media messages shape our
culture and society,
• give people tools to advocate for a changed media system.
• Digital Literacy
• Information Literacy
• News Literacy
• Visual Literacy
• Digital Citizenship
requires technical fluency, but also the ability to:
• make informed decisions about what we do and encounter online
• recognize how networked technology affects our behavior and our perceptions
• create and effectively communicate with digital media tools
SOURCE: Media Smarts
is a survival skill
in the Information Age.
Rather than drowning in the abundance of information that floods their lives, information literate people know how to find, evaluate, and use information effectively to solve a particular problem or make a decision.
SOURCE: American Library Association
helps us discern verified information from
spin, opinion and propaganda,
and produce news accurately, fairly and responsibly.
SOURCE: News Literacy Project
Images are powerful and today they are a primary source of our information. With new technologies, almost anyone can create and share visual media.
allows us to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media such as: photographs, videos, illustrations, drawings, maps, diagrams, and advertisements.
Source: American Library Association
Powerful new technologies connect students to the world in new ways that can be both positive and negative. Digital Citizenship refers to the norms of safe and responsible technology use.