“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.

Media Literacy for Young Learners

Media literacy for young learners

In this chapter, you'll learn about

Identifying and Addressing Gaps in Children's Understanding

  • How can educators help children recognize the nuances of what's real and what's imaginary when it comes to the messages found in movies, TV shows, and other media?

Creating Characters and Stories

  • How do teachers support children's development as authors and storytellers? How can learning targets help children self-assess their learning?

Small Steps for Younger Learners

  • What kinds of learning experiences in digital and media literacy are developmentally appropriate for preschool and primary children?

How do kids learn that a cartoon is a cartoon?

Maria's question was posed to a circle of exhausted but talkative instructors who met after the end of each day in the Powerful Voices for Kids ...

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