Hopefully you just watched the
CyberWise Guide to Me-dia Literacy video
! If so, then you know that technologyhas transformed the media landscape, and therefore thedeﬁnition of media literacy has expanded. So while read-ing and writing remain essential literacy skills, the abilityto interpret and tell stories across all mediums is a prerequisite to beingtruly media literate in the 21st century.Here are two excellent sources for a deﬁnition of “media literacy.”
What is Media Literacy?
6 Core Principles
for media literacyeducation. Media literacy education…
1. Requires active inquiry and critical thinking about the mes-sages we receive and create.2. Expands the concept of literacy to include all forms of me-dia.3. Buildsand reinforces skills for learnersof all ages… that necessitate integrated, interactive, and repeated practice.4. Develops informed, reﬂective and engaged participantsessential for a democratic society.5. Recognizes that media are a part of culture and functionas agents of socialization.6. Afﬁrms that people use their individual skills, beliefs, and experiences to construct their own meanings from me-dia messages.
The Center for Media Literacy
(CML) deﬁnes Media Literacy as:
"…a 21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messagesin a variety of forms — from print to video to the Internet. Medialiteracy builds an understanding of the role of media in society aswell as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy."