The New Media Literacies (Jenkins et al, 2007) are skills that build upon the foundation of traditional literacy, research skills, technical skills and critical analysis. These new skills recruit reading and writing into new kinds of literacy practices, they include:
The purpose of media literacy education is to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression that they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in today’s world.
Today we communicate through a powerful combination of words, images and sounds. Therefore, being media literate requires a new set of skills that allow us not only to comprehend, but also to create and distribute information across all mediums.
At CyberWise we believe that the first step to media literacy is Digital Citizenship. Just like Driver's Education prepares young people to get behind the wheel of a car, Digital Citizenship prepares them to navigate the Information Superhighway safely and confidently.
Our goal is to help you prepare young people to become wise users of the powerful technologies that are transforming education. Visit our Media Literacy Learning Center to learn more.
... One of our key goals is to stop focusing quite so much on 'do kids have computers in their classroom?' and start focusing more on 'do kids have the basic social skills and cultural competencies so that when they do get computers in their classroom, they can participate fully?
-- Erin Reilly
USC Project New Media Literacies
Music: Kevin MacLeod
... it is important to teach digital literacy, particularly to young students. Digital literacy isn't an add-on to their education, but, just as with textual literacy, an integral part of how they see the world.
--John Jones, DML Central
NWP Digital Is
The "NWP Digital Is" website is a collection of resources, reflections, and stories about what it means to teach writing in our digital, interconnected world.