“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.

Motivations for Teaching Digital and Media Literacy

Motivations for teaching digital and media literacy

In this chapter, you'll learn about

What Motivates Teachers

  • Why do teachers integrate digital media, mass media, and popular culture into the classroom?

Engaging Students with Cool Tools and Media

  • How do teachers incorporate digital technologies and children's popular culture into their teaching practices?

Amplifying Student Voice

  • How do teachers foster a learning environment in which children can share ideas both in the classroom and with the wider world?

How Media Is Constructed

  • How do teachers engage younger students in conversations and activities that reveal how media is funded and created in professional environments?

Participation in and Out of School

  • How do teachers incorporate participation and collaboration into learning through civic engagement and digital storytelling?

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