Develop Partnerships for Teacher Education
As outlined in my previous post, development of the fourth, fifth, & sixth steps in supporting Media Literacy include the following steps:
- Support interdisciplinary bridge building in higher education to integrate core principles of digital and media literacy education into teacher preparation programs.
- Create district-level initiatives that support digital and media literacy across K–12 via community and media partnerships.
- Partner with media and technology companies to bring local and national news media more fully into education programs in ways that promote civic engagement.
The following are examples of central Pennsylvania programs implementing these steps into resources and curriculum for media literacy into their high school education.
- The Lancaster Intermediate Unit is one example of how a central Pennsylvania school region is collaborating AND building an interdisciplinary bridge to promote media literacy via online resources like iTunesU within their educational program. I spoke with Stephanie Sweeney, she’s a librarian at the ELANCO School District, about how she integrates media literacy, and she spoke about how within her district Media literacy falls hand-in-hand with instructional technology. She mentioned monthly meetings where district representatives met to discuss curriculum and technology developments. She mentioned a few podcasts explaining how the district technology resources are used in conjunction with media resources to educate not only students, but other faculty members as well. Those tech and media resources are integrated into standards and practices, which help students use the library as a more functional tool. She presented this information in May of 2010 with her colleagues at an interdisciplinary meeting regarding curriculum for high school students. You can view her presentation here, via iTunes. She outlines class level curriculum goals for each year, and demonstrates the steps she’s taken to include media literacy in her curriculum.
- Many local radio stations are partnering with schools to promote media literacy, and WITF in central Pennsylvania is just another example. Recently WITF has involved students in the discussion and problem-solving of a serious issue involving “sexting”. Their program Smart Talk recently spoke with students about the dangers of sexting, and offered them a professional forum to discuss the issue. Students benefited from the professional engagement, and offered important insight into the growing phenomenon. WITF also made several attempts to engage the school districts with media literacy. In 2008 WITF engaged with students to offer a professional opportunity of journalism through its reACT program. This video demonstrates how WITF tried to partner with students in the community to develop a journalism exchange, where students were the primary participants in the process of news: