Educating for media literacy
In this extract from the Real Time interview with Bill Maher, President Obama highlights the importance for a modern democracy of educating our children on media literacy.
Activity - Contemporary definitions of media literacy
The purpose of this activity is to conduct a general online search for contemporary definitions of media literacy, comparing the emphasis on various issues for different age groups and to post a short critique of the Aspen definition below.
Aspen definition of media literacy
- Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms.
- Consult the stimulus resource
- Conduct a general online search for definitions noting differences in emphasis for youth and adults.
- Construct a table listing important issues of media literacy for youth and adults, for example:
|Access: Strategies for managing age – appropriate access to online content||Access: Knowledge and understanding of new forms of peer-produced media distinctly different from traditional print media.|
Prepare a short blog post (200 words) evaluating the Aspen definition of media literacy:
- Cite the Aspen definition in your post
- Consider the following questions:
- Is the Aspen definition of media literacy still relevant today? Justify your opinion.
- Are different definitions of media literacy required for different contexts? If so why.
- Aspen Media Literacy Leardership Institute (1992) cited by Center for Media Literacy.