Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Multiple Literacy Series: Media Literacy

What is Media Literacy? A Definition...and More.


The definition most often cited in the US is a succinct sentence hammered out by participants at the 1992 Aspen Media Literacy Leadership Institute:CML's definition focuses media literacy as education for 21st century.
 … the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms.
Definitions, however, evolve over time and a more robust definition is now needed to situate media literacy in the context of its importance for the education of students in a 21st century media culture. CML uses this expanded definition:

• Media Literacy is a 21st century approach to education.
• It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate and create messages in a variety of forms - from print to video to the Internet.
• Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy.
Taken directly from source: Center for Media Literacy

Articles to familiarize yourself about media literacy

Recommended books

Hobbs, Renee. Digital and Media Literacy: Connecting Culture and Classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2011. Print.
Tyner, Kathleen R. Literacy in a Digital World: Teaching and Learning in the Age of Information. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 1998. Print.


Resources from a Media Literacy and Youth course at the University of Illinois 

Also was thinking about the issue of media justice. The links below explore how activists are trying to advocate for media literacy practices through various social justice movements. 
Critical Media Literacy: http://criticalmedialiteracyconference.blogspot.com/p/what-is-critical-media-literacy.html
Mobile Justice: http://medialiteracyproject.org/campaigns/mobile-justice
Digital Justice for Us: http://medialiteracyproject.org/programs/digital-justice-for-us
Center for Media Literacy-Communicating for Justice: http://www.medialit.org/reading-room/communicating-justice
Kaiser Family Foundation. Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year Olds.http://www.kff.org/entmedia/mh012010pkg.cfm
Pew Internet & American Life Project. "Library Services in the Digital Age." January 22, 2013. http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/01/22/library-services/

Media Literacy Education in K-12 Schools and Public Libraries
  • Foss, Elisabeth, Allison Druin, Jason Yip, Whitney Ford, Evan Golub and Hilary Hutchinson. “Adolescent Search Roles.”JASIST (Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology) 64.1 (January 2013): 173-189.
  • Watch the TedxBlue Talk: Angela Duckworth, “True GRIT: Can Perseverance be Taught?”http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxBlue-Angela-Lee-Duckworth-
  • Paul Mihailidis & Valerie Diggs. “From Information Reserve to Media Literacy Learning Commons: Revisiting the 21st Century Library as the Home for Media Literacy Education.” Public Library Quarterly29.4 (2010): 279-292.
  • Lisa Tripp. “Digital Youth, Libraries, and New Media Literacy.” The Reference Librarian 52:4 (2011): 329-341.
  • Domine, Vanessa. "Think Global, Act Local: Expanding the Agenda for Media Literacy Education in the United States." Library Trends 60.2 (Fall 2011): 440-453.
Civic Engagement: Media Literacy and the Youth Citizen
TEDxUIllinois - Dr. Lisa Nakamura - 5 Types of Online Racism and Why You Should Care

Digital Citizenship and Online Safety

  • CommonSense Media Look through website, particularly at curriculum lessons and resources for K-5 Digital Literacy and Citizenship and 6-8 Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line.
  • danah boyd, Jenny Ryan, and Alex Leavitt. "Pro-Self-Harm and the Visibility of Youth-Generated Problematic Content."I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society 7.1 (2011)http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/students/groups/is/archives/volume-71-2/

Next time on the multiple literacy series: Information Literacy