Discovering Media Literacy
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Discovering Media Literacy
Teaching Digital Media and Popular Culture in Elementary School



© 2013 | 256 pages | Corwin

Give digital kids a voice!

Today’s kids are digital natives, but what’s the best way to help them become empowered, creative and responsible communicators across different media? Discover insights and strategies specific to children ages 5-12 in this guide from an acclaimed media literacy program: Powerful Voices for Kids. Readers will find

  • Thought-provoking lesson plans that reach students of all backgrounds and abilities
  • Use of a wide range of technology tools, including the Internet, video, and mobile apps, combined with an emphasis on online safety and development of essential critical thinking skills
  • Materials for teacher professional development

This innovative book is equally valuable as a resource for lesson planning or for developing a full media literacy program.

"Many professional books talk about digital and media literacy, but this text addresses the complete continuum—from television to technology—and guides teachers to think deeply about their own preferences and beliefs, as well as those of their students to develop knowledgeable, informed media users and consumers for the 21st Century."
—Kristin Ziemke Fastabend, First Grade Teacher
Chicago Public Schools

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
Part I. Why Digital and Media Literacy Matters
 
Chapter 1. Digital and Media Literacy
Lesson: What's Inside and Outside the Frame  
 
Chapter 2. Motivations for Teaching Digital and Media Literacy
Lesson: Target Audience Music Remix  
 
Part II. Work With Intermediate Students
 
Chapter 3. Connecting Culture and Classroom
Lesson: Creating Realistic Dialogue  
 
Chapter 4. Asking Questions About Media and Popular Culture
Lesson: Celebrity You  
 
Chapter 5. Making Media
Lesson: Screencasting the Critical Questions  
 
Chapter 6. Everything Is Social
Lesson: Bootleg Cola: Pro and Con  
 
Part III. Work With Primary Children in Grades K-2
 
Chapter 7. Media Literacy for Young Learners
Lesson: The Ant and the Grasshopper  
 
Chapter 8. Authors and Audiences
Lesson: Collaborative Storytelling  
 
Part IV. Approaches to Teacher Education
 
Chapter 9. Transforming Practice
 
Part V. Extras
 
Resource A. Learning Targets for Digital and Media Literacy With Young Learners
 
Resource B. Glossary for Kids
 
Resource C. Glossary of Concepts
 
Resource D. About the PVK Instructors
 
Index

"Many professional books talk about digital and media literacy, but this text addresses the complete continuum—from television to technology—and guides teachers to think deeply about their own preferences and beliefs, as well as those of their students to develop knowledgeable, informed media users and consumers for the 21st century."

Kristin Ziemke Fastabend, First Grade Teacher
Chicago Public Schools, IL

The book is not a good fit for my course. It is too much about a particular project and not general enough.

Dr Amy Hutchison
Curriculum Instruction Dept, Iowa State University
February 6, 2015
Key features

The book offers readers an overview of the Powerful Voices for Kids program, which includes these elements:

  • A staff development program for educators
  • A month-long summer enrichment program for students 
  • A  summer program for gifted and talented students
  • Measures of student learning and program effectiveness
  • In-school mentoring to support teachers' professional development
  • Parent and community outreach

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1. Digital and Media Literacy


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