The New Media Literacy

**What is the new media literacy children/students will need to be taught in order to be fully equipped to particiapte in the digital age?

media literacy should be:
  • the ability to critically assess information gathered from multiple sources
  • the ability to appreciate works from many different aesthetic traditions
— give them vocabularies for what they’re already consuming
  • an understanding of the contexts within which media are produced, distributed, and consumed
  • the ability to express your ideas through a range of media (which kids already do)
  • the ability to assess which media is most appropriate for a given purpose (cell phones vs. text messaging vs. camcorders, etc.)
  • the ability to meaningfully participate in collective intelligence community
  • the ability to think in multimodal terms (multiple levels of interpretation; the videos of Tokyo Park show more than just sound, audio, or text would)
  • an ethical framework for thinking about our freedoms and responsibilities as communicators


I would add:

  • Knowing what to trust
  • Privacy (who can you photograph?)
  • Online safety
  • Copyright issues. Old and new (CC). Plagiarism. Referencing.