Media is no longer something that is just consumed. Students are creators and contributors in their classrooms and have an world wide audience outside of school walls. This has created the need for a new type of awareness that the classroom teacher must consider. While the skill was once how to decode books and text, students must now decode a variety of media and make sense of it. This requires a larger focus on critical thinking skills regarding the sources that they gather information from.
As an example, reporting on scientific discoveries through internet
sources are often oversimplified
In a study of perceived
medial literacy in preoperatory students it was determined that they utilize
the internet far more than all other media components in regards to their studies
In the modern classroom teachers should work on critical thinking through articles to uncover the hidden meaning and messages. Outlining what parts are missing and logically what needs to be researched further in order to advance the ability to then create your own material. This process is more complicated than it has ever been but it is essential to keeping students well informed about the world in which they live in.
Akcayoglu, D. I., & Daggol, G. D. (2019). A Study on the Perceived Media Literacy Level of Preparatory Year Students in a University Setting. Contemporary Educational Technology, 10(4), 416-429. http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.liberty.edu/10.30935/cet.634195
Majetic, C., & Pellegrino, C. (2018). Building Information Literacy Skills Using Science News Media: Evidence for a Hands-On Approach. Journal of College Science Teaching, 48(1), 83-91. http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?qurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.proquest.com%2Fscholarly-journals%2Fbuilding-information-literacy-skills-using%2Fdocview%2F2096470152%2Fse-2%3Faccountid%3D12085