Teaching in the 21st Century

In the 21st century we need to be technology aware teachers, and we need to be capable of adapting to the changes taking place. Children are growing up in a time where they are more comfortable using technology, and teachers need to be aware of this, and educated properly in media literacy. We need to be able to connect with our students, and relate to them in ways that will keep their attention. Perhaps it would be easiest to think about your own skills, and think about how you can use these to help you become media literate. Here are my top 10 skills:

  1. Communication
  2. Researching
  3. Analyzing
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Identity
  6. Organization
  7. Creativity
  8. Respect
  9. Navigating
  10. Values

In your early points of teaching, it can be helpful to start with what you know, and continuously build on those skills while learning new ones. There are many resources online for helping teachers become media literate, and many resources available to us to help our students with this as well. It is important for us to understand that all media is constructed for a purpose. We need to be able to understand and analyze media in order to be considered media literate. Join me in becoming a successful media literacy teacher!

In order to get you started I would like to recommend the following links:

http://library.lakeheadu.ca/  (Use the Lakehead Library website in order to search subject such as “media literacy”)

http://medialiteracyproject.org/learn/media-literacy (Use this to gain a basic understanding of media literacy)

http://mediasmarts.ca/digital-media-literacy-fundamentals/media-literacy-fundamentals (media literacy fundamentals)


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