"Schools should teach “digital literacy” alongside reading, writing and maths if the country is to address the urgent digital skills shortage, a Lords report has warned today.
The House of Lords Digital Skills Committee has called on any future government to address the growing shortage of young people capable of filling jobs in the technology sector by making digital literacy the third core subject alongside literacy and numeracy. "
«‘We live in the age of the digital native’, or so many would have us believe. But what does the term really mean? Can someone truly pick up digital skills intuitively? Does this mean there is no need to try to teach young people how to use computers? We don’t think so. This idea of digital natives is a dangerous fallacy that risks leaving young people without the competences they need for the workplace, and risks leaving businesses without the skilled employees they need.»
"Las formas en que se han discutido públicamente y por escrito acerca de la alfabetización mediática en el pasado tienen una gran influencia en cómo los ciudadanos, los educadores y los alumnos son capaces de pensar y practicar su propia alfabetización mediática. Nuestros conceptos de alfabetización mediática han evolucionado con el tiempo en respuesta a las cambiantes contextos de estudios de medios y discursos educativos, así como los cambios en las tecnologías de comunicación, las industrias de medios de comunicación, la política y la cultura popular. Mi investigación sobre la historia de los medios de comunicación y Valores revista 1977-1993, hecha posible por el Archivo Elizabeth Thoman Media Literacy, ilustra cómo trazar la evolución de los conceptos de alfabetización mediática en el tiempo nos puede dar perspectiva muy necesaria en los contextos discursivos que constituyen nuestro campo de prácticas de alfabetización mediática de hoy ".
November 21, 2014Going Global? International Perspectives on Innovation in Media Literacy Education Going Global? International Perspectives on Innovation in Media Literacy Education DATE: November 21, 2014 TIME: LOCATION: Media Education Summit, Prague
«The goal of media education is to develop numerous competences in learners. These competences support them in performing a number of tasks related to a variety of media objects (cameras, internet sites, books, blackboards, road signs, etc.). These tasks will be necessary for them to partake and grow in today’s media landscape in the following manner : critically, responsibly, creatively, autonomously, and well prepared for life in society1. The sum of competences linked to media usage can be coined with the new term “media literacy”».
This comprehensive MIL Policy and Strategy Guidelines resource is the first of its kind to treat MIL as a composite concept, unifying information literacy and media literacy as well as considering the right to freedom of expression and access to information through ICTs. These guidelines offer a harmonized approach, which in turn enables all actors to articulate more sustained national MIL policies and strategies, describing both the process and content to be considered.
«In the US, almost all states now have some curriculum standards related to media literacy. Commonly, media literacy is included in English classes, though it is recognized as dovetailing with topics in health class because the tools are useful for deconstructing messages about tobacco and alcohol, as well as cyberbullying and racial stereotyping. Several years ago, I called for media literacy to be integrated into science education, particularly on the issue of climate change.»
It's time to give up the notion that "digital natives" are more tech savvy than their teachers. According to a recent study of middle school science students and teachers, the teachers tended to have greater technology use.
«Global citizenship assumes ease of participation in global spaces in which persons are media and information literate and are equipped with competencies and attitudes to deal with the multi-faceted nature of a mediated world in which information is no longer bound by space or time. The unprecedented access to and use of media and Internet technologies for communication and collaboration especially among youth, suggest that effective strategies must be found to enable active critical inquiry and effective media production. The proliferation of mediated spaces throughout education environments, as well as personal and professional environments, does not in itself guarantee that citizens will consider their role as global citizens as they create and consume media. This awareness must be cultivated, encouraged and taught.»
Divina Frau-Meigs’ Media Matters in the Cultural Contradictions of the ‘Information Society’ – Towards a human rights-based governance is one of a number of recent monographs to grapple with the changing nature of communication regulation, policy and legislation, at the national, regional and supranational levels. In doing so, Frau-Meigs does not just comment on emerging regimes of global communication governance, but rather attempts to reinsert a human element into a discourse that has becom...
Perhaps you saw the recent story in the New York Times about the new research on middle-school students’ digital literacy skills? This research shows that although kids can use digital and social media for entertainment, they can’t access information, comprehend it, or evaluate it to create their own interpretation.
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