Inaugural “Media Literacy Week” in the U.S. has officially begun!
The launch of Media Literacy Week (#MediaLitWk) in the United States starts Monday 11/2 and continues through Nov. 6. The mission of Media Literacy Week is to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today.
Hosted by the National Association for Media Literacy Education, this important inaugural event has the support of more than 60 partnering organizations and media literacy experts from all over the country who are dedicated, passionate media literacy practitioners. Affiliated Media Literacy Week partners are working with NAMLE to create and execute participatory events such as presenting interactive #MediaLitWk lessons in the classroom, live webinars and tweet chats, as well as guest blogs,
screenings, PSAs and more.
“Media literacy skills are essential to living and learning in the 21st century,” said NAMLE Executive Director, Michelle Ciulla Lipkin. “It is so important to grow the awareness for media literacy and how vital it is for learners of all ages. I couldn’t be more excited for the amazing plans in the works by partners and teachers all over the country during Media Literacy Week.”
Here are some virtual events you can take part in without having to travel!
TUESDAY, NOV. 3
Virtual launch of the Right from the Start in the Digital Age
7pm – 8pm EST
Right from the Start in the Digital Age is a national initiative to help children become responsible digital citizens from their earliest exposure to the Internet, and to prevent them from engaging in, and being affected by, unsafe behaviors such as cyberbullying. The initiative will be launched on Nov. 3 as part of Media Literacy Week. FHI 360 encourages parents, educators, publishers, media producers, advocates, and policy makers to sign the declaration of support for this important new initiative.
Project Look Sharp
FREE WEBINAR: Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns
7pm – 8pm EST
Sox Sperry, Project Look Sharp’s primary curriculum writer, will lead participants on an exploration of high school lessons covering media representations of U.S. presidential elections from 1800–2008. The media and lessons will be drawn from the popular Presidential Campaigns
curriculum kit, which is available free online at projectlooksharp.org.
The webinar will offer high school educators and teachers-in-training pedagogical techniques and free curriculum materials to support a deeper understanding of how to use a wide variety of media forms across the historical spectrum — media from 19th century portraits, songs and handbills, to 21st century websites, Twitter and email — to study historical context and to question their credibility. The presenter will also focus on the Key Concepts for Media Analysis
. Participants will leave with handouts and other tools to integrate media literacy into their curriculum design. For more information and to register for the webinar click here
News Literacy Project
How to Know What to Believe
Ongoing Social Media Outreach, Q&A at 6-7 p.m. CST
NLP is honored to partner with NAMLE to celebrate Media Literacy Week. They’ll be offering resources, tips and tools for teachers to show how news and media literacy are relevant to student’s lives. They’ll be offering lessons, student work and video on our social media channels all week. On Tuesday evening, they’ll hold a Q&A on Twitter for teachers interested in exploring these topics. facebook.com/TheNewsLiteracyProject
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4
NAMLE, Media Smarts, and Trend Micro
Talking to Industry about Respect in a Digital World: A Webinar
8 p.m. EST
Media Literacy Week in Canada celebrates its 10th year this week. NAMLE and Media Smarts are partnering once again on a webinar exploring the theme of the Canadian Media Literacy Week; Respect in a Digital World. This webinar will be hosted by NAMLE Board Member, Lynette Owens. Lynette is the Global Director of Internet Safety for Kids & Families, Trend Micro. The webinar will focus on bringing the perspective of industry and content creators to educators.
Center for Media Literacy, Museum of Tolerance (MOT), Variety, and Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Panel Discussion – Thought Leaders Address Media Literacy in Los Angeles
2 p.m. PST
A panel of thought leaders will address the state of media literacy in Los Angeles, moderated by Variety Journalist Brian Lowry, with Liebe Geft, Director, MOT; Mark Slavkin, Director of Education, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts; and Tessa Jolls, President, Center for Media Literacy. Closed event but video will be available at www.medialit.com
following the event.
Navigating the New Media Universe
6:30 p.m. EST
Post University and the Communication and Media Studies Department present a distinguished panel of experts and professionals to discuss the nature, benefits and consequences of life in the New Media Universe. Today’s media market is saturated with the new media products like smartphones and laptops, and platforms like the Internet, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter. Consumers use these products and platforms daily, yet they rarely critically think about their benefits or consequences. New Media have, and will continue, to shape the way we work, live, think and play. It is vital for students, educators and parents to understand how to navigate this new world in a more critical way. The event will be posted online here
Japanese American National Museum
Blog on Media Literacy Topic
The Japanese American National Museum will blog on the topic, “A Closer Look at the Civilian Exclusion Order.”
Power 104.4FM and Reality TV Star, Kendra James, from Bad Girls Club Season 4, has partnered with I AM not the Media, Inc. to host a live online broadcast discussion on the topic “How Real is Reality TV?” Listeners can tune in nationwide and call in to join the conversation. Listen Online: www.power104fm.com
American Red Cross
HELP: Humanitarian Education
Event was prerecorded, but will be re-featured. They will dedicate their Twitter account to highlight Media Literacy Week + Humanitarian Education. Educating our youth is one of the most important factors in today’s world. We are building young humanitarians, professionals, educators, volunteers, and all by empowering them through different medias and platforms. The Humanitarian Education Learning Platform (HELP) facilitates this process of bringing people together to share ideas and grow their knowledge. http://humanityinwarblog.com/2015/10/20/help-humanitarian-education/
THURSDAY, NOV. 5
NAMLE, National Speech and Debate Association
Understanding Digital Voice as a Leader: A webinar
8 p.m. EST
This workshop builds on a collaboration between Henry Jenkins’s Media, Activism, and Participatory Politics project, Pivot.tv, and HitRECord. The short films explore the topics of credibility, remix, agenda shifting, and pubic vs. private. Young people–indeed, all of us–need to take responsibility for the quality of information they circulate, they need to recognize the risks and opportunities of political engagement, they need to understand the copyright implications of their choices to remix and share media, and they need to respect the contributions of others within their community. These films help young people to better understand what is at stake in participatory politics and to ask core questions before they act online. As leaders, it’s imperative that students understand their role in disseminating information and facilitating meaningful discussion.
@Zendaya @Proud2BmeUS @MediaLiteracyED #MediaLitWk
Join our Celebrity SHOUTOUT to Zendaya who called out Modeliste magazine for unrealistically retouching her body in a cover feature and fashion spread for the November issue. The magazine apologized and promised to reprint the issue with unedited and authentic photos: “We stand to represent and advocate a message of positive body image, self love, and embracing all aspects of individuality, natural beauty and the empowerment of women.”
Celebrities are a face of the media culture and play a key role in setting standards of attractiveness. When celebrities speak out against digitally-altered images that unrealistically change their appearance, we need to support them and advocate for body positivity. Check out the Get REAL! Digital and Media Literacy Toolkit for more ways to SHOUTOUT:http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/sites/default/files/Toolkits/GetRealToolkit.pdf
FRIDAY, NOV. 6
Center for Media Literacy
Ask Me Anything!
CML’s Tessa Jolls will field your media literacy questions. Check www.reddit.com/r/IAMA
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST. Open to Reddit users. Join for free.