“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.

Connecting Culture and Classroom

Connecting culture and classroom

In this chapter, you'll learn about

The Connections Between Digital Media, Mass Media, Popular Culture, and Learning Goals

  • How can teachers use all of the resources in children's culture—including their media culture—to enrich learning experiences?

Promoting Intellectual Curiosity

  • Children's talk in the classroom leads to surprises. How can teachers structure conversations to spark students' intellectual curiosity?

Getting Community Leaders and Media Professionals on Board

  • How can teachers, community leaders, and professionals work together to help students experience the power of collaboration, communication, and civic engagement to make a difference in the world?

Imagining the City as a Classroom

  • How can teachers use access, analysis, and creative activities to help answer children's complicated and difficult questions about the world around them?

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