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A conference to encourage K-12 educators to rethink the notion of what literacy is and how it can best be taught in the digital media age.

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Saturday, May 13 • 09:15 - 10:00
Media Literacy: From Fake News to Social Justice Tool

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In light of the recent election in the U.S., the problems of fake news and media illiteracy have shaken our democracy to its core.  The existential threat to civil society is a real one, and one that I believe can be solved largely through media literacy in schools.  We must teach our students to be savvy consumers and authors of multimedia content so that they can make informed decisions about their lives and be productive members of society. Rather than ban, limit or fear new media, I will talk about how it can be embraced and used for productive goals rather than negative ones, and leave the audience inspired to integrate new media literacy into their curriculum.

My keynote will address the following topics, using examples and audience participation along the way:

  • What is media illiteracy and why is it a problem?
  • Examples of media illiteracy
  • Redefinition of “literacy” to include images, video and social media
  • Make connections to existing/traditional literacy concepts
  • Examples of student multimedia projects
  • The role of student voice and social justice through media literacy
  • Suggestions for integrating media literacy in the classroom including convincing reluctant administrators and colleagues

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Michael Hernandez

Educator speaker and author
With nearly two decades of experience, Michael brings practical classroom knowledge to bear when developing innovative teaching and learning strategies, and helping others do the same in their schools. His goal is to empower students and teachers to affect positive change in the... Read More →

Saturday May 13, 2017 09:15 - 10:00
Conference Centre Rooms 1&2 High School and Administration Block, Level 4

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