“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.

Making Media

Making media

In this chapter, you'll learn about

New Ways to Make Media in the Classroom

  • How do teachers create learning environments that enable children to balance style and substance as multimedia authors?

Finding Your Comfort Levels and Pushing Your Boundaries

  • How can teachers, regardless of their media production expertise, use their interests, passions, and strong learning goals as a foundation for simple media production activities?

The Delicate Balance Between Order and Chaos

  • What strategies help create classrooms that have the right level of classroom management combined with positive energy, excitement, and creative chaos?

Mr. Fitzgerald, a Grade 6 teacher who has taught in Philadelphia public schools for decades, was struggling with his PowerPoint presentation. He couldn't change the font size or figure out how to embed an image. As ...

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