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Education Subject Guide (archived): Media literacy

Resources for research in the field of education

Definition of media literacy

From the National Association of Media Literacy Education

Media literacy is the ability to ACCESSANALYZEEVALUATECREATE, and ACT using all forms of communication.

In its simplest terms, media literacy builds upon the foundation of traditional literacy and offers new forms of reading and writing.

Media literacy empowers people to be critical thinkers and makers, effective communicators and active citizens.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education

Some relevant books

See items in the Castleton University Catalog on
media literacy

Some examples:

Media literacy organizations

"Center for Media Literacy is an educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and educational resources nationally and internationally. Dedicated to promoting and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating and participating with media content, CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture."

Common Sense Media
"A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping you to get the most out of media and technology for children, across life and learning." Curriculum on digital literacy and digital citizenship and much more

News Literacy Project
"A nonpartisan national education nonprofit that works with educators and journalists to teach middle school and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age."  Offers Checkology curriculum.

Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University

A film

Media Literacy in the 21st-Century Classroom from Carmelina Films (2009)

Subscription resource.  Log-in required for off-campus access.


A film

Recognizing Online Propaganda, Bias, and Advertising from Cambridge Educational Films

Subscription resource.  Log-in required for off-campus access.


Center for Media and Child Health
A project of Children’s Health Boston, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health.  “Our vision is to education and empower both children and those who care for them to create and consume media in ways that optimize children’s health and development”

Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
“Advancing children’s learning in a digital age.” An “independent research and innovation lab that focuses on the challenges of educating children in a rapidly changing media landscape.” 

Teaching with Movies: A Guide for Parents and Educators from the F.I.L.M. (Finding Inspiration in Literature & Movies Project). 
From the guide: "The F.I.L.M. Project has been crafting free activity and discussion guides around selected books and movies for several years to offer parents and leaders of youth a fun and insightful learning experience from watching a movie. This guide takes F.I.L.M. curriculum to a whole new level in offering the know-how to select movies with redeeming messsages, and develop meaningful lessons and discussions for use with your group of youth. With this guide, the concept of F.I.L.M. is broadened to a greater breadth of movies, offering you a greater choice of movies and flexibility of lessons."
From the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. A "political literacy companion site to the award-winning resources designed to help viewers recognize flaws in arguments in general and political ads in particular. Video resources point out deception and incivility in political rhetoric."