Changing Technology = Empowering Students through Media Literacy Education

New Horizons in Education, Vol.58, No.3 , Dec 2010

Changing Technology = Empowering Students through Media Literacy Education

Belinha DE ABREU

The iSchool at Drexel College of Information Science & Technology Drexel University, USA

Abstract Background:

As the world is changing quickly due to the technological advances, educators are looking at ways in which to empower their students’ learning with digital platforms. Media literacy education is key for how this can happen in the 21st century classroom which seeks to promote learning without censoring the learner. Considering how media literacy can help educate students to become critical thinkers and how educators can contribute to developing digital citizens who are competent and proficient needs to be a part of the discourse. This article seeks to contribute to the case for media literacy education at a time when digital technologies are overflowing in schools, homes, and globally as means for empowering the digital students.

Goals: The purpose of this article is to review where social networking and other Web 2.0 programs has taken today’s students in the personal and academic lives. It examines how empowering the student learner through media literacy education is vital to the continued success of the learner in the 21st century. Research Method: This exploratory study of the digital environments and media literacy uses observations, teacher interviews, and conferences with peers, educators, and researchers as method. Results: Findings demonstrate a lack of focus and confusion in the area of media literacy education and digital technologies for teachers, but these are acknowledged as needed and important in the growth of students.

Changing Technology = Empowering Students through Media Literacy Education

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