Resources for Media Literacy Week

Until October 31, World Media and Information Literacy Week (#SemEduMedias) emphasizes the importance of developing skills and keen critical thinking to better understand the information to which we are continually exposed. Here are some great educational ideas on the subject to mark the week!

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From October 24 to 31, Global Media and Information Literacy Week emphasizes the importance of developing skills and keen critical thinking to better understand the information to which we are continually exposed. For example, in the face of the abundance of information circulating about the current pandemic, media literacy is becoming more necessary than ever to enable young people, accustomed to surfing from one social media to another, to make the news. share things through everything they view.

"Checking the information we see online should become a habit, like putting on a seat belt," said Kathryn Ann Hill, CEO of MediaSmarts. This is a quick and easy skill that we can all apply to stop misinformation. Not only should young Canadians be taught how to check out the content they see online, but also how to make it a habit. "

In 2016, Normand Landry, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Media Education and Human Rights and Professor at TÉLUQ, and Sonia Lefebvre, Professor in the Department of Educational Sciences at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières , already had identified the five reasons for investing in a media education process.

  1. Develop skills that will allow students to use digital media technologies optimally and understand how they work.
  2. Develop in students a critical look at the media, media content and the actors who produce and distribute this content.
  3. Promote the adoption of ethical and responsible conduct with the media, particularly on the Internet and social networks.
  4. Develop informational skills in students, particularly through information research and analysis.
  5. Develop skills that will allow students to express themselves and exercise their creativity using media technologies.

Here are some resources and activities to use with students to mark this important week.

Resist disinfodemia

Historically, World Media and Information Literacy Week is organized by UNESCO. The website of the organization is full of useful references. For 2020, the chosen theme is: Resisting disinfodemia: Media and information education for all and by all. Besides, the word disinfodemia can in itself result in a nice discussion with the students about the contraction or the use of the pun.

  • Disinformation
    Erroneous or reality-distorting information, which is transmitted by means of mass media or some social media, with the aim of manipulating public opinion.  
  • Infodemia 
    Overabundance of information, of very variable veracity, concerning a problem of public order and particularly topicality, which hinders its resolution by preventing the general population from finding reliable information and acting accordingly. 

Some ideas for additional activities

Resources produced by École branchée

  • Articles dealing with the subject of fake news.
  • Spring 2020 issue of the École branchée magazine, titled "The Urgency to Educate the Media", which is specially offered at 50 % off to mark this important week, using the promo code: emergency-50-week-edu.

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About the Author

Martine Rioux
Martine Rioux
After studying public communication, Martine worked as a journalist for various publications, before pursuing her career as an interactive communications consultant at La Capitale, a financial group, then at Québec Numérique, an organization she took over as general manager before making the jump. as political advisor in the office of the Minister for Digital Government Transformation. Today she is the online Editor-in-Chief and Special Projects Manager at l'École branchée. Her dream: that everyone has access to technology and can use it as a tool for learning and opening up to the world.

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