Wise Consumers Make Responsible Creators.

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This week we take another look at how learners can ‘Be a Force for Good in the World‘, this time focusing on media literacy and the relationship between consuming and creating.

Consume, Create, Repeat

Dr. John Spencer explains: Why Consuming Is Necessary for Creating
Read more in John Spencer’s article, ‘The Surprising Truth Behind Creating and Consuming‘, where he delves deeper into how critical consuming and creating are both necessary and complimentary to one another.

Ultimately, we want to encourage students to be critical consumers of content, as well as content creators. To ensure this, the teaching of media literacy is vital.
Media Literacy is “the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms”. (Definition from the Centre for Media Literacy).


In ‘5 Key Questions That Can Change The World‘, (here) the Centre for Media Literacy (CML), identify the following questions as a guide for analysing media artifacts:
  1. Who created this message? (Authorship)
  2. What creative techniques are used to attract my attention? (Format)
  3. How might different people understand this message differently? (Audience)
  4. What values, lifestyles, and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this message? (Content)
  5. Why is this message being sent? (Purpose)
The activities they provide in the resource emphasize not just analysis but also creative production. Useful for all grade levels and across the curriculum: language arts, social studies, health, math, and the arts.

Here are some more resources for teaching media literacy:
Recommended by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) this video gives examples of media literacy in action in an early years setting.
The Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship curriculum has lesson plans about News and Media Literacy for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12
Check out Canva’s ‘10 Creative Ways to Teach Media Literacy‘.
Read, Write, Think have a variety of media literacy lesson plans for secondary school learners.
Teachflix is a collection of videos, sorted into categories, that you can use with your students in class, giving them examples to analyze and evaluate.


EC4 students are taking photographs to document changes in the forest throughout the year. Here are a few of their snaps taken on their second trip to the forest.
Grade 4 students completed a summative assessment for their Where We Are in Place and Time unit by creating videos or posters like this one to demonstrate their understanding of progress and diversity in a city of their choice.
Grade 10 students have been working on film experiments exploring isolated techniques in editing. Here is a montage of some of the techniques they have been exploring.


FREE webinar:

Leveling up Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship Skills with KQED and CSE

Go Behind the Camera to Help Students Analyze Media Messages
January 24, 4-5pm Pacific Time (US and Canada) (2am Bucharest time, but hopefully they will share the recording!)

Register here (K-12)

From TikTok videos and “authentic” social media influencers to advertisements and docudramas, teaching students how to critically read media is more important than ever.  In this workshop, learn how media messages are built not just through catchy slogans, but also through production choices like framing and music and how these choices are often designed to play on our biases and motivate our interests and actions.