The National Association for Media Literacy Education defines media literacy as "the ability to ACCESS, ANALYZE, EVALUATE, CREATE, and ACT using all forms of communication" and says it "empowers people to be critical thinkers and makers, effective communicators, and active citizens." Though some believe media literacy and digital literacy are separate but complementary, I believe they’re really one and the same.
Any time kids are interpreting a media message it’s important for them to consider how someone from a different background might interpret the same message in a very different way.
Model for your students how to ask questions like: What about your background might influence your interpretation?
The most powerful way for students to put these skills into practice is through both critiquing media they .
So, how should students learn to critique and analyze media?