“Many professional books talk about digital and media literacy, but this text addresses the complete continuum—from television to technology—and guides teachers to think deeply about their own preferences and beliefs, as well as those of their students to develop knowledgeable, informed media users and consumers for the 21st Century.”

—Kristin Ziemke Fastabend, First Grade Teacher

Chicago Public Schools

Give digital kids a voice!

Today's kids are digital natives, but what's the best way to help them become empowered, creative and responsible communicators across different media? Discover insights and strategies specific to children ages 5-12 in this guide from an acclaimed media literacy program: Powerful Voices for Kids. Readers will find

Thought-provoking lesson plans that reach students of all backgrounds and abilities

Use of a wide range of technology tools, including the Internet, video, and mobile apps, combined with an emphasis on online safety and development of essential critical thinking skills

Materials for teacher professional development

This innovative book is equally valuable as a resource for lesson planning or for developing a full media literacy program.

Digital and Media Literacy

Digital and media literacy

In this chapter, you'll learn about

Digital and Media Literacy

  • What is digital and media literacy?
  • Why should we expand the concept of literacy to acknowledge the worlds of print, visual, audio, and interactive media in the elementary grades?

Technology Integration

  • Why does technology integration support learning?
  • How may it distract from meaningful learning practices in the classroom?

Bridging Classroom and Culture

  • How can teachers use digital and media literacy to engage students' interests and passions, and develop knowledge, competencies, and skills?

It was lunchtime, and Ms. Dominguez's second-grade students had just finished eating. A few minutes remained for table talk before recess. Three girls had opened up their black-and-white composition notebooks and were pretending to use a laptop, tapping their fingers on the pages.

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