“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.

Everything Is Social

Everything is social

In this chapter, you'll learn about

Taking Action in the World

  • How can teachers link literacy practices to the community and help their students discover the power and social responsibility of taking action in the world?

Literacy, Ethics, and Social Relationships

  • How can educators create digital and media literacy learning environments where students trust and respect one another and develop an active stance toward messages?

Exploring Advertising and Celebrity Culture

  • How can teachers engage children's intellectual curiosity so that they want to learn more?

How Media Literacy Supports Print Literacy

  • How can viewing and discussing media and popular culture and creating multimedia productions develop children's reading comprehension skills?

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