I know for the past few weeks most of us have been in and out of holidays so if you are catching up on previous weeks that is ok as well. You are on the right track as long as you are finished all blog posts, comments, and the final project by the last day of Course 2 on May 12.

This weeks topic is about the role we all play in spreading factual information. This means critically examining information before sharing and positively interacting online. It’s a topic heavily connected to media literacy and digital citizenship.

So what is media literacy?

After being in the educational technology world for some time now I’ve often seen terms like digital literacy, media literacy, and informational literacy being used. They definitely intersect, but this might be a good time to share the differences and similarities.

The following information is derived from Media Smarts, an awesome Canadian resource for all things surrounding the fundamentals of digital & media literacy.

Media Literacy is all about “being able to access media on a basic level, to analyze it in a critical way based on certain key concepts, to evaluate it based on that analysis and, finally, to produce media oneself.” Media literacy is not limited to digital media alone, but rather all messages we consume in a variety of media platforms.

Cornell University defines Digital Literacy as “the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet.” It encompasses many of the traditional literacy skills such as consuming and producing information but adds the layer of technical skills and digital know-how that students need in the 21st Century.

The American Library Association defines Information Literacy as a “set of abilities requiring individuals to ‘recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” It encompasses both digital and media literacy. The graphic below from the ALA shows the intersection of various literacies within the information literacy landscape.

The American Library Association defines Information Literacy as a “set of abilities requiring individuals to ‘recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” It encompasses both digital and media literacy. The graphic below from the ALA shows the intersection of various literacies within the information literacy landscape.

Questions to ask yourself this week

When exploring this weeks topic you will be thinking about how your students can responsibly consume and share information online. Also, think about experiences you may have had or steps you may be able to take to model digital and media literacy skills. Please contact me if you have any issues or questions and have a great week!