Magazine article Internet@Schools

Media Literacy and Security

Magazine article Internet@Schools

Media Literacy and Security

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It's a media-saturated world." Curiously, that's a statement that sounds almost old hat to me. It seems as though we've been hearing about our kids, our society, and ourselves being inundated with commercial messages for many years now, via television, print, and, more recently, the internet. But now, it's safe to say that the statement "It's a media-saturated world" refers to media saturation that's orders of magnitude more intense than it was as recently as 5 or 10 years ago.

With the plethora of tools available to create, send, and receive messages; the astonishing array of devices on which to do those things; the ubiquity of connectivity to just about everyone everywhere; and the mashup of the variety of messages now flying about- commercial, personal, social, informational, all of the preceding, none of the preceding but something else entirely- it is indeed safe to make that assertion above. But is it safe to experience it?

That's what we're trying to determine through the March/ April issue theme of Media Literacy and Security.

To that end, Victor Rivero has stepped up with a Tools for Learning roundup of companies, products, and services to help you help yourselves, your students, and anyone else who wants to know just how to, as he puts it, "evaluate what is important and what is not, and apply critical thinking and analytical thought to such a wide, dynamic flow of messages from all manner of media in this digital age. …

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