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Why teach media literacy?
We are surrounded by media. It is ubiquitous and transforming, containing messages that affect our consciousness and reality.

film radio media literacy istock photoLook at the symbols on the left and you get an idea of its place in our lives. We live in a world of not just print, television and radio, but an astonishing array of digital information choices and sources like internet websites, online databases, search engines, virtual museums, rss feeds, e-books, e-mail, e-schools, e-banking, e-finance, e-diets, itunes, podcasts, webinars and streaming videos. What is Media Literacy?Today’s learners are not just consuming information but creating, sharing and publishing it as well through platforms like blogs, wikis, nings, Twitter, SMS, MMS, IMs, and YouTube.

Dr. Gaines writes: “Because mass communication technology is so accessible and easy to use, and its content appears to be clearly identified as information or entertainment, people take for granted that they understand the meanings of various kinds of messages.” However, these messages that we take for granted may or may not contain propaganda, facts, misinformation or inaccuracies. How do students learn to discern reliable versus dubious information? We do so by teaching them and empowering them with media literacy. Belinha De Abreu in her book Teaching Media Literacy, explains that “media literacy education encourages students to examine media messages critically rather than accepting them at face value.”

What is Media Literacy?
Visual and Audio Literacy
Digital Literacy

Media Literacy and the Library Media Center
Media and Information Literacy

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