This being said media literacy is now a vital component in the way today's students are learning. It affects the way we engage them, motivate them as well provide outlets for them to share their understandings of content with us educators. As identified in Media Literacy Project website “Media literacy skills can help youth and adults:- Develop critical thinking skills
- Understand how media messages shape our culture and society
- Identify target marketing strategies
- Recognize what the media maker wants us to believe or do
- Name the techniques of persuasion used
- Recognize bias, spin, misinformation, and lies
- Discover the parts of the story that are not being told
- Evaluate media messages based on our own experiences, skills, beliefs, and values
- Create and distribute our own media messages
- Advocate for media justice
As an advocate of educational technology I constantly push myself to prepare my students for the 21st century skills they will need to succeed in the world we live in. Therefore by incorporating media literacy into my curriculum I am able to equip student with the experiences and skill they will need to be successful. An example lesson that I have provided promotes media literacy in an unconventional setting... an art classroom.
In this lesson students explore typography via Street Art from around the world using Google My Maps in conjunction with Google Art and Culture Institute. Students are able to take a virtual field trip to compare and contrast street art from around the world and create a mind map to document their observations via Mind Meister. From there students will use this information to design and create a typeface inspired by one of the country's they visited virtually all within the comfort of their art classroom. This lesson infuses digital media with that of traditional art methods to offer an engaging relevant unit on how street art and graffiti has inspired fonts and typefaces in the world of typography.Enjoy and happy virtual travels.