In this era of “fake news” and hostility towards the world media in all forms, the concept of “media literacy” is more imperative than ever. Held in conjunction with Canada’s Media Literacy Week which debuted in 2006, the goal of the 4th Annual Media Literacy Week in the U.S. (November 5-9, 2018) is teaching students the ability to Access, Analyze, Evaluate, Communicate, and Create using all forms of communication. The mission of Media Literacy Week is to highlight the power of literacy education and its crucial role in education today. The week is hosted by partners the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and Media Smarts (Canada).
The theme for 2018 “Fact or Fake” highlights the importance of verifying that online information is true, unbiased, and relevant. With 2018 also being an election year, learning to verify online data just as journalists are taught to do, could not be a timelier topic.
This 2017 Canadian video demonstrates why Media literacy is not only important for students, but everyone. It’s to our advantage to be Media Savvy.