Media Literacy for Young Children: Teaching Beyond the Screen Time Debates
Published by: National Association for the Education of Young Ch
Imprint: The National Association for the Education of Youn
Media literacy is about wonder and imagination, questioning and learning, thinking and reflecting!
Media Literacy for Young Children: Teaching Beyond the Screen Time Debates is about all these things, and more importantly, it is about how early childhood educators and professionals can prepare children for their digital future.
This book is a first-of-its-kind guide for pre-service and currently practicing teachers and child care professionals looking for pedagogically sound and developmentally appropriate ways to help today’s children navigate their media-rich world with confidence, curiosity, and critical thinking. Detailed descriptions of media literacy competencies, along with dozens of activities, strategies, and tips designed for children ages 2–7, demonstrate how to integrate foundational skills, knowledge, and dispositions into existing routines as well as experiment with new lessons.
By examining media through a literacy lens, this book will show you ways to
· Use inquiry and media-making to teach children about media
· Plan activities to engage children in meaningful media discussions
· Engage with families about the importance of media literacy education for young children
· Address media concerns with joy and creativity rather than anxiety or fear
. . . and much more!
Part I: Getting Ready
Chapter 1: Media, Society, and Us
Chapter 2: Visual Literacy
Chapter 3: How We Make Meaning
Chapter 4: Framing: How We Think About Our Work
Part II: Defining the Task
Chapter 5: What Is This “Media Literacy Education” of Which You Speak?
Chapter 6: Engaging Through Inquiry
Chapter 7: Building Media Knowledge: Key Concepts
Part III: From Pedagogy to Practice
Chapter 8: Integrating Media Literacy: Routines and Modifications
Chapter 9: Integrating Media Literacy: Planned Activities
Chapter 10: Engaging Families
Chapter 11: Taking the Next Step
Appendix A: 100 Words That Build Media Literacy Vocabulary
Appendix B: Using Media Analysis Questions to Draw Conclusions About Media Effects Research
Appendix C: Resources
About the Author
This is a book by a media literacy educator who understands digital media—and how to teach our youngest media users, and there is no better media literacy educator than one who asks, “How can we respond to uncertainty with imagination rather than fear?” Thank you, Faith. This is the question of our time.
—Anne Collier, Executive Director, The Net Safety Collaborative
Rogow has gifted us with a creative and comprehensive manual for teaching media literacy to young children, a challenge of the past that this author has now conquered for the skeptical early childhood educator who might question whether media literacy is age appropriate.
—Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Professor, Media Literacy Instructor, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice Program, Loyola University
This is not a book about media. This is not a book about technology. This is a book about literacy while using media of all kinds and technology of all kinds, and the power of inquiry to help children understand and excel in our complex world. Faith Rogow has done it again—she stretches our thinking, opens our minds, and provides an array of easy-to-use strategies to support children’s literacy for today and the future. There is no better book for helping you think, really think, about how to help children become media literate in today’s world. It has tips and “aha” moments on every page!
—Lisa Guernsey, Senior Fellow and Strategic Advisor, New America
As I read this book, I found myself completely engrossed. I learned, I reflected, I related. I found myself deep in ideas, thinking of how to capture, bottle, and pour this knowledge into my colleagues and my teaching! Early childhood educators and children will learn about media beyond imagery. This book talks about thinking critically about media with intentionality. Readers are guided through methodologies and taught to become purposeful and digitally engaged, inquiry-based thinkers.
—Sabrina Burroughs, Kindergarten Teacher, Technology in Early Education, Mentor