Navigating the media landscape is challenging for adults and even more difficult for children. Research has pointed to children’s lack of understanding of reliable news sources, social media, and media in general. These challenges can be seen in struggles around critical thinking and problem solving.
WITF, in cooperation with York City School District, has developed a pilot program called News Media Literacy. This program is designed to train educators in York City School District’s STEAM Academy to support students in becoming media literate and confident, critical thinkers.
As students work collaboratively in the classroom, they will focus on comprehending the news, deconstructing it, and constructing their own media. This process supports active, hands on learning with goals in authentic literacy development, research skills, and critical thinking which can benefit students across all content areas.