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Media, Youth and Civic Engagement

Freedom of expression and social responsibility are key dimensions of citizenship. Democracies rely on people who are capable of self-governance and who are not merely spectators of a political sideshow. Media literacy education helps students become critical thinkers, encouraging them to become skeptical about political messages without becoming cynical about them. By constructing media messages, working collaboratively and participating in meaningful dialogue about social and political issues, students develop the ability to advocate for themselves and their communities, activating real citizenship skills.

Events

How do young people perceive memes and hashtags as civic tools, and how do these perceptions influence their critique and creation of memes and hashtags as means for civic expression?

Teaching Resources

Help students build social, emotional and cognitive skills by using a six-stage process of collaborative media production

Talk about feelings & needs in ways that promote compassion & empathy

Explore the crowdsourced gallery of over 2,500 examples from around the world

Help students understand how copyright and fair use supports digital learning
Guided inquiry & viewing of Adam Ruins the Internet helps learners reflect on the pros and cons of media regulation.

The comprehensive three-volume curriculum created by Renee Hobbs and the Discovery Channel for the Maryland State Department of Education is available online.

Reflect on why digital and media literacy matters for learning and teaching

Research and Scholarship

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