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Crisis Creates Opportunity: How the Covid Pandemic Helped to Advance Digital Media Literacy in Schools

Renee Hobbs is happy to make a presentation at the Korea Press Foundation's conference entitled, "KPF Journalism Conference 2020."

Crisis Creates Opportunity: How the Covid Pandemic Helped to Advance Digital Media Literacy in Schools

DATE: October 23

TIME: 9:30 - 10:10 AM EST

When the pandemic struck and millions of teachers around the world were faced with "remote emergency instruction," some teachers found that the coronavirus pandemic created opportunities to rethink their practices of teaching and learning. Many gravitated to the use of media literacy pedagogies, which are by nature responsive to the lived experience of contemporary media culture. Sound found creative ways for students to document their pandemic isolation experience through the use of multimedia. Other educators found themselves seeking out opportunities for online dialogue with their peers, and in these spaces, teachers modelled and shared practices of digital and media literacy in a new type of informal, peer-to-peer professional learning. When teachers are empowered to creatively use the full potential of news media and other digital texts, tools and technologies, they find clever ways to embed media literacy learning experiences into the curriculum.