What is Media Literacy?
Media are powerful forces in the lives of youth. Music, TV, video games, magazines and other media all have a strong influence on how we see the world, an influence that often begins in infancy. To be engaged and critical media consumers, kids need to develop skills and habits of media literacy. These skills include being able to access media on a basic level, to analyze it in a critical way based on certain key concepts, to evaluate it based on that analysis and, finally, to produce media oneself. This process of learning media literacy skills is media education.
The importance of media education in Canada can be seen through the inclusion of media literacy outcomes in provincial and territorial curricula. But defining exactly what media education and media literacy are – and how best to integrate them into the classroom – isn’t always straightforward.
This section has been created to clarify what media literacy is all about, and to offer practical suggestions to help you make media education happen
- What is Media Education?
- Why Teach Media Literacy?
- Key Concepts for Media Literacy
- Tips for Integrating Media Literacy in the Classroom
- Media Literacy across the Curriculum
- Assessing and Evaluating Media Literacy Work
- Media Education in Canada: An Introduction
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