6 Great Videos to Help With Teaching Media Fluency
There’s no denying the influence of digital media in our daily lives. Media consumption is everywhere, and it’s got us plugged in pretty much constantly. Our passions are shared with, our opinions are shaped with it, and our emotions are fed by it. Sometimes we control it, and sometimes—well, it kind of controls us. Does this mean we’re in danger of our brains melting? No, of course not. Nevertheless, we as digital citizens must take steps to educate ourselves on media’s power and influence in our lives. That means teaching Media Fluency as an integral part of classroom practice.
It also benefits us to find out how we can strike a healthy balance between being connected and being unconnected. While we’re thinking about it, here’s an interesting little aside. An article recently posted on Statista shows us a chart with the average minutes spent on various media per day in the U.S. alone, as of October 2015.
A snapshot of the chart is featured below, indicating where the primary focuses are. What areas of media consumption per day are highest for you, your family, and your students?
Why We Love Teaching Media Fluency (and You Can Too!)
One of the crucial 21st Century Fluencies is Media Fluency, and it’s important to understand what it’s all about. We define it as having the ability to unconsciously interpret the messages in media of all sorts. It includes the ability to communicate and express ourselves in multiple multimedia formats.
Media Fluency is not about “bashing” digital media. It’s about understanding, respecting, and appreciating it.
To help you with this, you’ve got a list of videos below that explain much about media and how it works in our lives today. These videos are terrific tools to use in teaching Media Fluency to your own students. Resources like the Media Fluency QuickStart Guide and also the shareable Fluency Posters will assist you and your students’ even further.
Media Smarts: Media are Constructions
This is a sample of a whole list of videos related to media understanding, courtesy of Media Smarts. Check out the whole series at the link—they’re very well done.
Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century
The PBS video special Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century aired on PBS back in 2011. It’s still just as relevant and insightful now as it was back then. This is the full version on YouTube.
5 Crazy Ways Social Media is Changing Your Brain Right Now
Want to understand how using social media is literally changing our brains and our bodies? Check out this short but informative video from AsapSCIENCE.
Marketing 2020: The Future of Advertising
In Marketing 2020: The Future of Advertising, we discover some astonishing things about Internet marketing and its inner workings. This is a glimpse of where using digital media in advertising is going.
Body Evolution: Model Before and After
When it comes to the world of print and online fashion magazines, there’s more than meets the eye. What meets our eye is usually a whole lot of clever Photoshop work, masking what is the true beauty and perfection of the imperfect human form. Watch how they transform this model into an entirely different person. It’s an older video, but the idea behind it remains noteworthy.
Using Critical Thinking to Find Trustworthy Websites
Common Sense Media and The Teaching Channel team up to talk about how critical thinking can help kids to choose websites they can trust online. This is a very important component in understanding online media. It’s also a big part of Global Digital Citizenship.
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