Today we conclude the tip of Media Literacy Week within the United States. Hosted by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), the mission of the week is to focus on the ability of media literacy schooling and its integral function in schooling throughout the nation.
This week has been celebrated yearly since 2014. This yr, US Media Literacy Week celebrated one element of defining media literacy every day. NAMLE defines media literacy as “the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create and act on all forms of communication”. Media literacy merely empowers individuals to be important thinkers and doers, efficient communicators, and lively residents.
At the Delaware County District Library, our mission additionally aligns with NAMLE as we search to supply the general public with entry to data and expertise to encourage curiosity, free inquiry, and lifelong studying. Our web site’s “Research Resources” present a spread of methods to entry native and worldwide information.
A preferred library useful resource associated to Media Literacy Week known as Points of View. In it, learners uncover a number of sides of at this time’s most contentious scientific, social, financial and political points. The backgrounds, factors, counterpoints and significant analyzes of the problems are all introduced with nice consideration aimed toward discovering truth over opinion.
Outside of library analysis databases, library workers have additionally beneficial websites just like the News Literacy Project, significantly for classroom educators. The News Literacy Project is a nonpartisan nonprofit academic group constructing a nationwide motion to create a extra information literate America.
The News Literacy Project gives free on-line classes on its Checkology web site. They have a weekly e-newsletter for educators referred to as The Sift, which summarizes latest examples of media misinformation. Also, they not too long ago launched RumorGuard, a free web site that helps determine and cease misinformation. RumorGuard tracks viral rumors, fact-checks them, after which backs them up with concrete ideas to assist readers construct their information literacy basis.
If you’d fairly have a e book in hand to be taught extra about media literacy, our workers have created a e book listing that clients can browse by looking the catalog for the listing titled Life Skills: Media Literacy. The titles listed under have been launched inside the final two years.
• “Can You Believe It?: How to Spot Fake News and Find the Facts” by Joyce Grant. Everything children have to know to separate truth from “fake news” on the web. Here’s a complete information on how actual journalism is finished, what “fake news” is, and most significantly, easy methods to inform the distinction. It gives sensible recommendation, thought-provoking examples, and lots of explanations, definitions, and helpful context. It is rarely judgmental however encourages younger individuals to method what they discover on-line with skepticism and helps them hone their important pondering expertise to make good choices about what to imagine and share.
• “Science and the Ske?tic: Discerning Fact from Fiction” by Marc Zimmer. An introduction to the follow and evaluation of science for younger readers. Using summaries of scientific discoveries to kind a story, plain textual content, it describes the tenets of science and the way they’re challenged in present public discourse. Included is data on the peer evaluation course of, the rise of disinformation on-line, frequent cognitive bias, the politicization of established information, and the strategies of scammers. A closing chapter summarizes 20 guidelines designed to assist readers distinguish authentic analysis from false claims.
• “Media Literacy in Action: Questioning the Media” by Renee Hobbs. Covering subjects such because the rise of partisan information, algorithms and social media, media habit, media economics, and media’s influence on id, this e book helps college students develop lifelong expertise to navigate an more and more complicated media atmosphere.
• “You Are Here: A Field Guide for Navigating Polarized Speech, Conspiracy Theories, and Our Polluted Media Landscape” by Whitney Phillips. Our media panorama is in disaster. Polarization is frequent. Dirty data is flooding social media. Even our greatest efforts to assist clear up can backfire, spewing toxins throughout the panorama. In You Are Here, Whitney Phillips and Ryan Milner supply methods for navigating more and more treacherous data flows. Using ecological metaphors, they emphasize how our particular person selves are intertwined with a a lot bigger us, and the way everybody matches into an ever-changing community map.
• “Disinformation and You: Identify Propaganda and Manipulation” by Marie D. Jones. By inspecting the historical past of propaganda and disinformation in conflict, politics, polls, media, leisure, cults, promoting, science, medication, at this time’s media panorama, and even in our private interactions, Disinformation and You helps you acknowledge the alluring and and to counteract it utilizing misleading techniques to affect particular person conduct. It gives useful solutions and ideas for recognizing disinformation and defending your self in opposition to manipulation and censorship.
If you might have a query that you prefer to answered on this column, ship it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015 or name us at 740-362-3861. You can even e-mail your questions by the library’s web site at www.delawarelibrary.org or on to Nicole at [email protected] No matter the way you contact us, we all the time look ahead to your inquiry!