Media Literacy Starts Young – June 26, 2019

New America

Media Literacy Starts Young: Strategies for Media Mentorship in the Early Years and Early Grades

  • June 26, 2019
  • New America, 740 15th St NW, Washington DC, 20005

A pre-conference workshop hosted by New America as part of the biannual conference of the National Association for Media Literacy Education.

Media Literacy Starts Young

There is no longer any doubt that today’s students need to develop stronger skills in media and digital literacy. Now researchers and educators are developing ways to ensure that opportunities for learning and exploration are available in children’s formative years to help provide a foundation for these new literacies. What does science and educator experience tell us about how to best activate children’s skills and capacities for creating and thinking critically with new technologies? Are today’s systems advancing equity in this space–or worsening gaps? How do we build an ecosystem of learning through media of all kinds–and how can media mentors and the burgeoning movement of media mentorship help? These are the questions we’ll be exploring in this workshop, as we bring together early childhood educators (including teachers and caregivers across the birth-to-3rd-grade age spectrum), librarians, museum educators, leaders of after-school programs, faith-based leaders, researchers, and digital and media literacy experts. Come to learn new strategies for working with young children, build new networks across sectors, and be inspired!

This workshop will build on a 2017 symposium at the Technology in Early Childhood Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago. For more on that event, see this report.

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