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Recommended Sources


Center for Media Literacy:

CML is a rich source of information and tools about media literacy. Its toolkit, reading room, best practices section and numerous links and resources are a great starting point in learning about media literacy.


NAMLE, The National Association for Media Literacy Education, formerly known as Alliance for a Media Literate America) is a national membership organization dedicated to advancing the field of media literacy education in the United States. This website provides news, resources, down-loadable documents, teaching models in the form of streaming video, as well as lesson plans.

Media History Project:

University of Minnesota’s Media History Project: Promoting the study of media history from petro-glyphs to pixels is an excellent site for learning about the development of media. The timeline is useful in finding out about inventions, laws, trends, cultural and societal developments.


The National Council of Teachers of English site on media literacy promotion gives information and guideline on media selection and how to promote sophisticated media awareness at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. It also gives numerous essays a variety if topics relating to media literacy like censorship, assessment, curriculum connections, teaching materials and education policy.


The Media Awareness Network is an excellent site for both teachers and parents. Based in Canada and funded by public and private sectors like the Canadian government, the National Film Board of Canada, Bell and CTV, this site offers resources and support for everyone interested in media and information literacy for young people. It gives information about media education and media literacy and presents relevant issues like media violence, media stereotyping and online privacy issues.


International Reading Association and NCTE’s READ.WRITE.THINK site is a good resource for lesson plans and offers a wide range of options on grade bands, literacy strands and literacy engagements. I especially recommend this site because of its section on “Audio Listening Practices” that addresses and offers lessons on audio literacy.

UNESCO: Information and Media Literacy website

UNESCO’s website gives a global perspective to the importance of media literacy. It also gives its mission as “fostering information and media literate societies by encouraging the development of national information and media literacy policies, including in education.” The downloadable publication on Mapping media education policies in the world: visions, programmes and challenges offers a comprehensive and multidimensional approach to media education.


De Abreu, Belinha S.

Teaching media literacy: a how-to-do-it manual and CD-ROM / Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2007.

This thorough manual with an accompanying CD is an excellent reference and resource book. Belinha De Abreu examines and discusses issues pertaining to teaching media literacy. She offers suggestions, ideas, tools, lesson plans, samples, reproducible materials and website links to help facilitate the teaching of media literacy. This book is aimed at MS educators but can easily be reworked and rewritten for younger or older grade levels.  You can  listen to an interview with Belinha De Abreu by Emily Corwin about media literacy at The Thought Spot, .  Aired 10/17/08.

Silverblatt, Art.

Media Literacy: keys to interpreting media messages.
3rd ed. Praeger, 2008.

This excellent reference book offers a theoretical framework and approaches to enable a healthy independence from the pervasive influence of our media saturated culture. New technologies have emerged since the last edition from 2001. This 2008 edition contains updated references, new developments in media, conceptual revisions, especially in the area of digital media, as well as current examples.

American Association of School Librarians.

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action.
American Association of School Librarians, 2009.

This very timely and invaluable standards book provides a crucial guide, framework for teaching and learning in our information-powered world. It provides strands, indicators, benchmarks, scenarios and examples, as well as a glossary and a reference list, all intended to guide and support the school media specialist. This book is also intended to promote strong library media programs. You can view a draft of this publication to get an rough idea of the contents.

Tyner, Kathleen R., editor.

Media Literacy: New Agendas in Communication.
Routledge, 2010.

With contributions from scholars on the forefront of media literacy scholarship, this volume, part of the New Agendas in Communication Series provides insights into the new forms of digital communication now being utilized in schools.

Issues in Information and Media Literacy. Vol. 2.
Education, Practice and Pedagogy. Informing Science Press, 2009.

This volume examines the fast expanding field of information and media literacy and the challenges to educators, education managers, policy makers and students. Composed of critical essays from practitioners and scholars of media education, this volume presents several standpoints from an analytic, practical and academic perspectives.

Badke, William.

“InfoLit Land: Media, ICT, and Information Literacy.”
Online. 33. 5 (2009): 47.

Accessed thru Jersey Clicks, the article focuses on the three emerging movements (Media, ICT and information literacy) arising from the people’s involvement with technology. William Badke gives an excellent discussion on these interconnected movements and advocates for breaking down the silos. < >


Gaines, Elliot.

Media Literacy and Semiotics: Toward a Future Taxonomy
of Meaning.
Semiotica. 2008. 171:239-249.

Wesch, Michael.

A Vision of Students Today (& What Teachers Must Do)
Encyclopedia Britannica Blog, October 21, 2008. < >

Kubey, Robert.

Increasing media education and skepticism. From the official YouTube channel for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. September 11, 2009. <>

Eisenberg, Mike.

Information Literacy: The Most Basics of Basics.
A Webcast by Michael Eisenberg presented at the first Your School Library online conference, “Transforming School Libraries with Web 2.0,” June 2009 <>

Microsoft Digital Literacy Home. <>

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