"Media education is a long term solution. It takes thorough pedagogical strategies and years of teaching. It needs investment in teacher training not branded messaging. It should be evaluated in terms of learning outcomes not simple measures of reach." Sonia Livingstone, LSE, 2018
ACT is running a CPD course on Teaching media literacy. This course goes beyond checklists which encourage pupils to be careful on social media. It will be practical, challenging, and will help you develop a highly effective media literacy strategy for your pupils.
By the end, you will be confident in teaching:
-how to critically evaluate different kinds of media content on a range of news and topical issues
-how to understand the purposes of the media in a democratic society e.g. to inform the public and hold those in power to account
-how to build resilience to misinformation and develop critical inquiry skills, not just against cyberbullying but in relation to information, news and media content.
As events of the last few years have shown, there is a cost to individuals and society of not promoting media literacy. Embedding media literacy in the curriculum â€“ whether through a subject like citizenship, or through a cross curricular approach, is vital. For the functioning of a healthy democracy, citizens need the essential skills of critical thinking and inquiry, to know their rights in relation to information, data and privacy, and to uphold freedom of expression.
The course will be run by two highly-experienced Citizenship and media literacy teachers, ACT Ambassadors Helen Blachford and Bryden Joy. You can see some of their work and media literacy teaching resources here.
The course has three sessions.
On Tuesday 2nd, 16th and 30th March 2021.
All from 5pm-6.30pm.
These will take place on ZOOM.
Complete all 3 sessions to receive a CPD certificate from ACT.