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Media Literacy: Helping Students Make Sense of their Digital World

September 16
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Information & News Literacy
Library and Media Specialists, Teachers

Students today are immersed in media messages; how well are we preparing them to engage with – and create – these messages?

To address this question, Illinois has released a Media Literacy mandate for high schools in the 2022-23 school year. This session will break down the expectations for teachers written in House Bill 0234 and will provide a roadmap for planning instruction around them. You will learn why media literacy is more important than ever, and how you can build lessons and units that engage students in dialogue and self-reflection around important media literacy topics. We will demonstrate and explore resources and activities that you can use in your classroom immediately.

Topics will include deconstructing media images, creating persuasive content, identifying fake news, evaluating sources, navigating social media, and more!

Eric Santos
Eric Santos
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Chicagoland, Learning Technology Center

Eric develops and leads professional learning programs, trainings, and resources related to curricular integration, digital access, and technology infrastructure in the Chicagoland region.