Media Literacy - New for 2022
Russian Invasion of Ukraine This resource gives an overview of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the humanitarian impact. You will find links to the curriculum and useful information around media literacy which will help you support students to follow an unfolding event in the news.
CPD Course- Teaching Critical Media Literacy for Citizenship in the 21 Century
This CPD session helps you to build subject knowledge and pedagogy to teach media literacy through citizenship. The sessions address both national curriculum and GCSE requirements.
Resources: NOW AVAILABLE
- Padlet - Here you can find the videos, slides and the homework details, as well as follow up materials.
- Session 1 Recording
- Session 2 Recording
- Session 3 Recording
During the three sessions, we consider practical strategies and approaches for teaching about the media and building pupils media literacy and digital literacy skills.
8 February: Session 1 - an introduction to the importance of media literacy and key terminology. Part I of the REVIEW model - a tool which provides an easy way for young people to engage in and develop the skills we want them to develop.
1 March: Session 2 - Part II of the REVIEW model, a tool which provides an easy way for young people to engage in and develop the skills we want them to develop and an opportunity to discover a range of resources which can support your media literacy programme.
15 March: Session 3 - sharing of micro-lessons from participants and the opportunity to explore what is meant by responsible journalism. There will also be further practical ideas about how you can teach media literacy within the curriculum.
This CPD course will help you become:
- confident in the use of key terminology around media literacy
- adept in using critical thinking and other pedagogies and practices to teach media literacy in the citizenship classroom
- more aware of how to build resilience and counter the negative effects on citizens’ perceptions, actions and behaviours in a democratic society, during a time of crisis.
Our Media Literacy Education work began in earnest in April 2020 to create a series of educational interventions to counter misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the longer term.
The Citizenship curriculum plays a central role in teaching about the role of the media in a democratic society and the importance of developing the media literacy of every citizen young (and older). Our Chief Executive has written more about this and you can read her article here.
Citizenship education aims to develop active and informed citizens who are politically literate and media literate.
So far our work has included the development of:
- a three part teacher continuing professional development (CPD) course designed and certificated by ACT supported by the US Embassy in May 2020
- exemplar teaching resources for use with secondary aged pupils developed by ACT teachers
- teaching about the news short video teaching tips
- collaboration with UCL to develop and dissminate Conspiracy Theory guidance for schools
- Edition 51 of the ACT journal, 'Teaching Citizenship' was disseminated free to every secondary school in England summer 2020. The journal focuses on disseminating tools and teaching approaches that show how to incorporate effective media literacy education into the citizenship curriculum. Articles from a range of experts, academics and news organisations are included. Our thanks to the US Embassy in London who supported this special edition and our media literacy work.
- a series of engaging assets (podcasts, animations and infographics) that support effective media literacy education developed by Shout Out UK
This project has built on the work of ten ACT teachers who were part of an exchange visit to the USA in 2019. Since the exchange teachers have been developing their currriculum and teaching to incorporate a greater focus on media literacy education.