EDKU 9857: Bringing Media Literacy into the K-12 Classroom

Is it fact? Is it fiction? Or, is it a blend of both? Learn how media messages shape our culture and society and how to guide students in determining its reliability.

Course Overview:

Engage in your students in critical thinking as never before with media literacy in your K-12 classroom. This self-paced online course is designed for general education teachers of all grade levels/content areas. Participants will learn the overarching ideas of Media Literacy; core concepts of visual literacy and instructional methods, as well as connections to social emotional learning with Media Literacy. Gain strategies to support your student’s ability to access, analyze, and evaluate information from media as part of digital citizenship and critical thinking skill set. (Required Text: Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom, 2nd Edition, Frank W. Baker)

Course Learning Objectives:

1) Understand “Big Ideas” in Media Literacy for the K-12 classroom.
2) Examine and apply the Center for Media Literacy Five Core Concepts.
3) Examine what is visual literacy and how to apply this in your classroom as part of digital citizenship.
4) Interpret and evaluate advertising as it relates to student critical thinking skills.
5) Understand how Media Literacy impacts students Social-Emotional Learning.
6) Create lessons for a specific grade-level/course/class based on Media Literacy principles as outlined in this course.

Course Relation to CCS or other Professional Standards

ISTE Educator Standard 3: Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world. 3B: Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency


RL/RI.X.7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

W.X.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

SL.X.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations. ELA-Literacy.

RL.8.7 Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.

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