SANTA FE ― In the wake of Alexa in our homes, and Siri in our pocket and credibility of online information, New Mexico participates in the 4th annual Media Literacy Week, Nov. 5-9, highlighting the essential role of media literacy in education today.
Media Literacy is the ability to:
- Decode media messages;
- Assess the influence of those messages on our thoughts, feelings and behaviors; and
- Create media thoughtfully and conscientiously.
New Mexico’s Media Literacy Now Chapter will celebrate Media Literacy Week by launching a new advocacy and public awareness campaign for media literacy education around the state. The New Mexico organization is recruiting motivated volunteers who believe media literacy needs to be part of the public discussion on education. New Mexico Media Literacy Now is a coalition of advocates who believe students need to acquire key skills to navigate and participate in the media and world.
“We live in a mediated world whether we like it or not,” said Pamela Pereyra, New Mexico Media Literacy Now chapter president, parent and media literacy educator. “Our interaction with media is constant – everywhere from messages on T-shirts to social media to doing basic internet searches. Media literacy education in schools can play a critical role in meeting the challenges of this world by empowering and engaging children with lessons on how to make sound judgments when navigating the digital world.”
Media Literacy Week is held all over the nation with partners and educators organizing events and planning media literacy lessons coordinated by the National Association for Media Literacy Education. New Mexico Media Literacy Now supports and promotes Media Literacy Week activities and seeks to highlight the work of teachers who are participating in Media Literacy events on the NMMLN website and social media pages.
“The NMMLN Share button allows anybody who wants their voice heard to talk about why media literacy is important,” Pereyra said.
For information, to share your thoughts, and to learn about events and volunteer opportunities, contact New Mexico Media Literacy Now at www.medialiteracynm.org and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another way teachers can participate, is to apply to be a member of the MLN brain trust of K-12 teachers who are passionate about media literacy:
Media Literacy activities are not relegated to schools and can also happen in the home. Ideas for conversation in the home during Media Literacy Week, provided by NMMLN, are to get kids to think critically about how they are interacting with media, such as discussing favorite YouTube channels and celebrities and why. Media Literacy Week is also an opportunity to discuss privacy, copyright and digital footprint. A suggested activity is to have families interact with media together, such as video games or watching and discussing a movie.
Find out more about the Media Literacy Week and get resources here.
Media Literacy Now is the leading national advocacy organization for media literacy education policy. Through grassroots support and resources for state-by-state media literacy legislation we empower people to push for – and win – comprehensive media literacy education for their state’s children.