Category Archives: Elementary

Media Literacy Starts With You

What do you know about the media that you use?  Media literacy starts with you; the adult, the parent, the teacher.  In order for children to be more media literate, you need to be media literate yourself … and you … Continue reading

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Protecting from Sexting (and other such ills of the technological world of today)

How can teachers and parents ensure the safety of their children while they are utilizing the tools of media literacy — cell phones, computers, social media sites …. ? First, parents and teachers must be aware of how children most … Continue reading

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Thumbs up for social technology!

Perhaps our children should be allowed to use their cell phones in school and access more freely social networking sites. Research shows that using these tools help children develop the last step of media literacy … communication … more fully. … Continue reading

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Tips for Evaluating Content

What are a child’s barriers to effectively evaluating online material and how can children overcome those barriers to effectively evaluate the content which they find? Once children know how to access media and analyze messages by learning to encode and … Continue reading

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Political Issues and Children

Politics can be confusing and frustrating enough for adults, and just imagine what that is like for a child who does not understand the issues or campaign methods. It is important to educate children about how to interpret, analyze and evaluate … Continue reading

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Learning to Encode and Decode

Now that we know that licensed library media specialists improves the analytical abilities of children when they are using the internet (and other media types), let’s take a look at what these specialists teach. Media specialists can teach children how … Continue reading

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Teaching PA Children Analytical Skills

Last week we discovered that Pennsylvania students are being provided with technology like computers and internet connections within their school. They, too, are likely experiencing regular instruction and usage within their classrooms. This access to the media is the first … Continue reading

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