Navigating the current pandemic requires that young people acquire an increasingly complex set of skills, such as understanding statistical data, evaluating the credibility and truthfulness of health information, analyzing the risks and benefits of a particular treatment or vaccine, and interpreting test results. An essential skill in 2021 is health media literacy.
Use some Common Sense during #MediaLiteracyWk
Common Sense Media is a non-profit, non partisan organization that has been around since 2003. Common Sense caters primarily to three different constituencies: Common Sense Media (parents), Common Sense Media Education (teachers), and Common Sense Action (advocates). Its organizational mission is to “provide education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children.” While “safe use” can sometimes allude to protectionism rather than empowerment, the Common Sense web site tells otherwise (in both Spanish and English).
We at PLAY think that if there is just one new resource families can add to their media literacy toolkit to commemorate National Media Literacy Week (Oct 21-25, 2019), it should be Common Sense Media. Here are just a few reasons:
A Journey to Media Literacy
A big digital knuckle bump to the European Association for Viewers’ Interests (EAVI) for creating a Ning community to magnify the principles of media literacy, especially to promote citizenship and civic engagement. Take a look at their charming 7-minute video and take
CyberWise Guide to Media Literacy
This is a simple guide to help parents and educators understand what it means to be media literate in the 21st Century. This is the second video of the CyberWise Guide Series.This Guide helps grownups understand that because technology has
Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction
[download PDF] This highly idiosyncratic Top 10 list was my starting point for a 3-session professional development mini-course (Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction Among Gifted Learners) for teachers in northern New Jersey. There are so many more technologies that could