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Media Literacy Week on Participate

This coming week is Media Literacy Week.Media Literacy Week-1

One way to celebrate is to join the free Media Literacy Community of Practice on Participate.com. Community leader, Michael Hernandez will host two weeks of in-community activities as well as a Media Literacy Webinar on November 6th at 8:30 PM Eastern.

Michael Hernandez is an award-winning cinema and journalism teacher in Los Angeles whose work focuses on digital storytelling, media literacy, and social justice.  Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @cinehead and at www.michael-hernandez.net.

In his recent blog post, Make Room for Media Literacy, Michael shared his goals for the discussions:

In an age where most of our information and communication comes from some form of digital media, it has become even more crucial that we prepare our students to ‘read’ and analyze digital texts so they can be successful citizens beyond our classrooms.

Next week is Media Literacy Week.  Each day, I’ll be sharing some of my tips and best practices for integrating media literacy in your classroom, and moderating discussions about media literacy topics in the Participate Media Literacy Community.  So join our conversation and share your questions, ideas and experiences with other educators around the world.

Here is the agenda for this week’s activities in the free Participate Media Literacy Community:

Monday (11/5): Access: What does it mean to provide access to online tools and authoring platforms for students? What are the logistics, safety and ethical concerns about unfettered access to information online?

Tuesday (11/6): Analyze: How can we transform the practices we already use in our classrooms to help students understand digital content they encounter on websites or social media?

Media Literacy Webinar (11/6) 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT (Free): live webinar where we’ll discuss how to integrate media literacy into your classroom.  Register here.

Wednesday (11/7): Evaluate: How can you tell if a source is credible, and how do our personal biases affect our ability to understand facts?

Thursday (11/8): Create: Authoring content using digital platforms helps students understand the medium better, and prepares them to be savvy consumers, too. Let’s talk about some of the best practices around supporting student digital authors.

Friday (11/9): Act: Student digital authors should use their platforms for good. Today, we discuss some ways that students can create social change and publish online for purposes beyond self-expression.

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Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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