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Cultivate Student Fact Checkers and Media-Makers With PBS Media Literacy Certification

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom, Table 5
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Merek Chang  
rik panganiban  

Students of all ages are active consumers and creators of media. Teachers and librarians have a central role in helping them spot misinformation, surf safely online and make effective media. The PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification by KQED can help you and your students develop your media expertise.

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Social studies, Career and technical education
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to show how media literacy is a vital skill set that all students and teachers (and citizens) should acquire in our technology-mediated society. The need for all citizens to be able to critically evaluate online sources of information has become an urgent and even life-threatening need as misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 presidential election continue to threaten our society. We hope to inspire and excite educators with the power of media literacy instruction to amplify their teaching goals, increase student engagement, and improve life outcomes for young people.

Participants will learn:
* How to earn PBS media literacy microcredentials through their existing work as educators.
* The many benefits they gain by becoming a PBS certified media literacy educator.
* How to learn new media making, analysis and evaluation skills from KQED.

Participants will leave with:
* Tools to assess their own media literacy skills and areas for improvement.
* A slidedeck on identifying misinformation that they can adapt for their classrooms.
* A fun activity they can lead with their students.

Supporting research

The ISTE Student Standards include many media analysis, evaluation and making skills, particularly under “Knowledge Constructor” and “Creative Communicator”

The introduction to the English/Language Arts section of the Common Core State Standards makes it clear that “[t]o be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and nonprint texts in media forms old and new. The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum.”

The 2016 National Education Technology Plan by the US Department of Education provides the following recommendation in the section on Rethinking Teacher Preparation: “Provide pre-service and in-service educators with professional learning experiences powered by technology to increase their digital literacy and enable them to create compelling learning activities that improve learning.”

The Stanford History Education Group published a study of over 7,000 students from middle school to college who completed dozens of tasks related to judging the credibility of information they encounter online. The results of the study are summarized by the authors as, “Overall, young people’s ability to reason about the information on the internet can be summed up in one word: bleak.” Evaluating Information Online.pdf

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Merek Chang, William Workman High

Merek Chang is a chemistry and engineering teacher who currently teaches at Workman High School in Industry, California. He received his B.S from UC Davis in Food Science and Technology and worked full time in the food industry prior to entering education. It is his desire to incorporate media literacy and technology in to his lesson plans whenever applicable and, if possible, through the lens of food.

rik panganiban, KQED

As the manager of online learning and educator certification at KQED, Rik supports teachers in developing their skills and confidence in media literacy instruction. Rik leads the PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification by KQED, a nationwide program to recognize teachers for excellence in media-making, analysis and instruction.

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