Tech gear like headphones and CD players are more and more a part of daily life for young people. On average, each of them spends 1, hours a year watching television. Roughly 17 million children and teens have Internet access in their homes, and most of them use it daily for everything from researching school projects to playing online games to sending instant messages or chatting with their classmates.
Watch the following video which gives a summary of the series. What do they remember about the conversation? Put your media literacy skills to the test!
Is NASA sending a year-old to space? Over four weeks, six teenage interns identified misinformation on social media, wrote stories debunking fake news and starred in short videos — all aimed at educating a younger audience. Although the experience was short, we learned a lot about teaching media literacy and why educating a new generation is a worthy cause.
Given their autonomy, teens can no longer be forbidden to do things, especially online. Contrary to popular belief, cyberbullying remains a problem in high school. Cell phone ownership also peaks in older grades. That makes it essential to teach these students how to balance their online and offline lives and deal with the stresses of social media.
Critical media literacy involves the active analysis and critique of media content and is an important part of the Ontario policy curriculum for student literacy. Students taught to approach media from a critical perspective understand that all media are constructions and that they are not neutral. Lesson plans are available for students in JK to Grade
Bring the road-tested tools of journalism from the newsroom to your own news feed. Students learn a handy acronym to help them remember six key concepts for evaluating information, then test the concepts in teams. Students use an infographic to gauge the value of a news story and weigh what they should do with it.
Digital Citizenship Curricula Digital Citizenship This K curriculum includes lesson plans, student digital interactives, and assessments, as well as professional development for teachers and materials for family education. Common Sense Education. Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World Our Space is a set of curricular materials designed to encourage high school students to reflect on the ethical dimensions of their participation in new media environments.
As teachers, we must play a role in developing the skills students require to safely navigate our media-saturated society. OTF recognizes that educators need support in this area and is committed to providing teachers with opportunities to explore a variety of programs, many of which are highly applicable in the classroom. The following suggestions are focused on helping Ontario educators increase their awareness of media literacy.