Next Tuesday, September 29, the 5006Q event is titled “Media Literacy: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century”.

Teaching and learning in this digital age present opportunities and challenges for both educators and students. In today’s world, students spend more hours viewing media content on a screen than they spend on any other activity except sleeping:

-33% students in grades 4 – 6 have Facebook accounts
-16% have a Twitter account (even though anyone under the age of 13 is barred from using these sites)
-75% of students have their own social media profile or blog
-39% of students who have mobile phones sleep with them.

Media and technology have a profound influence on our identity, our ideas about the world, and how we relate to one another. It is clear that a critical understanding of media and digital technologies needs to be an essential part of students’ education. Media literacy is essential if students are to make informed decisions, become effective change agents and engage in their own critical and creative relationship with the media.

The workshops being offered on September 29th explore the world of media literacy and the opportunities and challenges that come with teaching and learning in the 21st century. The workshops address topics that explore media literacy from a number of perspectives, as well as the ways in which media literacy can be applied across the curriculum and across grade levels.

SCHEDULE:
12:30 – 1:00 Bring your student card to sign-in at the auditorium.
1:00 – 1:30 Introduction and Keynote – Carolyn Wilson, Faculty of Education; Neil Anderson, Association for Media Literacy
1:45 – 3:00 Workshops (choose 1-registration required)*
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:30 Workshops (choose 1-registration required)*

*(All workshops will be offered twice. Candidates will register at http://www.edu.uwo.ca/mis/events/eventRegistration.asp?eventID=55&intCase2do=1 for 1 workshop for each time slot, for a total of 2 workshops for the afternoon. Each workshop is 75 minutes in length. Workshop descriptions are available via the registration link and here: MEDIA LITERACY – Faculty Day – September 29th.)