What is Media?
Media is ever changing and evolving. The media center used to be called a library. It was full of books and nothing much more than print media. Librarians have evolved into media specialists who have broadened their concentration to multimedia opportunities to engage students in their 21st century learning.
To clarify what we mean when we talk about media literacy, the National Association of Media Literacy Education offers these definitions:
- Media refers to all electronic or digital means and print or artistic visuals used to transmit messages.
- Literacy is the ability to encode and decode symbols and to synthesize and analyze messages.
- Media literacy is the ability to encode and decode the symbols transmitted via media and the ability to synthesize, analyze and produce mediated messages.
- Media education is the study of media, including ‘hands on’ experiences and media production.
- Media literacy education is the educational field dedicated to teaching the skills associated with media literacy.
Renee Hobbs is a pioneering leader in Media Literacy Education at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island. Their Media Education Lab is one of a small handful of research university programs that focuses specifically on the intersections of media studies, communication and education.They develop multimedia educational resources and curriculum materials for educators, parents and students.
More to come…