Why is Media Literacy Important?
Media Literacy is concerned with understanding and evaluating the media we interact with as well as learning how to appropriately create and disseminate media ourselves. In our current “digital age,” where information and media are at everyone’s fingertips, Media Literacy is becoming more important.
According to the National Association for Media Literacy in Education (NAMLE), “Media literacy is the ability to ACCESS, ANALYZE, EVALUATE, CREATE, and ACT using all forms of communication.”
Media Literacy Teaching Resources
NAMLE has developed a comprehensive set of teaching resources, available free of charge to all educators. These resources include lesson plans and teaching resources for every grade level, as well as resources for parents and community organizations.
NAMLE is also promoting the first-ever National Media Literacy Week promotion throughout the United States to build awareness of the importance of media literacy education. Their Media Literacy Week Toolkit contains ideas you can use to spread the word about media literacy and develop activities where you live.
Good citizens know how to accurately identify and consume media that is appropriate to their interests. We hope you’ll help build students’ media literacy skills throughout the year!