Educating the Educators

To this point, we have seen how communications majors are being taught new forms of media by having it integrated into the classroom and how we can educate children from an early age about new media and how to use it, but how are the people who will be teaching the children learn the technology they did not have in their previous education?

First off, many colleges have general education classes that are required for every student to take part in. Colleges could change their curriculum to include that every student needs to take a course in new emerging topics taught by a variety of professors who have studied and researched areas such as technology (where new media can be studied), current world topics and innovations in discovery. By doing so, no matter one’s major, this information would be learned by graduation from college and prior to entering the workforce.

However, what about those already in the field who wouldn’t have this opportunity to have the new general education class? That is a little harder and would require a little more expertise.

During one of the many in-service days school districts have, a field expert could be brought in and paired with those who already new about the new technologies to teach the rest of the educators about the importance of new media and the tools that are becoming more popular to distribute this new media. A refresher course could be offered each year during an in-service, so that teachers could remain on the current or cutting edge of new technologies.

By this point, you may be asking what does this have to do with media literacy? To educate the students, who are the future of the world and public, educators need to be brought up to speed on the present and future waves of technology that will ultimately distribute and provide news media to the masses. The educators need to be taught, so they can teach the future of the world of the news tools that are available to them. It would certainly be a work in progress, but in the far-off future, it would fix the problems of media illiteracy.

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