Do you want to equip your students with essential 21st century literacy & critical thinking skills?
Labragirl Media Project supports teachers who want to help students move from unconsciously consuming moving images to thinking critically about the ways media images shape the way they see themselves, others, and the world.
Are your students media literate?
"Let's work together to implement successful classroom strategies that provide students with critical thinking skills, CCSS proficiency, an increased depth of knowledge, and essential 21st century media literacy skills."
—Laurie Chin Sayres, Director of Media Literacy Education
What is Media Literacy?
Media literacy is the ability to read, decode, process, and analyze media images.
Oftentimes people mistakenly assume media literacy is media production, film literature, or film analysis. Although these three disciplines are important and tangentially related to media literacy, they are not media literacy. It is important to make this distinction clear because media literacy, unlike the other disciplines, is an absolutely essential and necessary skill in today's world. The majority of information we receive comes from various forms of visual media. Because of this, if we are not media literate, then we are not literate in the 21st century world. It is important we shift from passively consuming media images to thinking critically about media imges. To do this we must learn to:
- read the visual media images;
- see the ways visual images are constructed; and
- understand how media images create a universal language that shapes the way we individually and collectively see the world.
In order to read or write we must be traditionally literate, however we can and do consume media without being media literate. We can all turn on and use a tablet, walk into a movie theater, and turn on a TV. Simply focusing on the storyline in media productions does not make us media literate. Media literacy has been a part of the educational system in many countries for decades and over the last several years has started to take hold in America. Let's talk images and help our children and students become literate in a 21st century world so they can be active and engaged citizens.
What is Labragirl?
1. LABRAGIRL IS MEDIA LITERACY EDUCUATION FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS
Labragirl Media Project offers a 5-workshop media literacy teacher professional development program. This program is designed to support a group of teachers at a school who want to help their students move from unconsciously consuming images to thinking critically about the media. Our PD program does this by integrating media literacy as a language and perspective (not an art form or technology use) into K-12 language arts, social studies, history, English, science, and humanities curricula.
Labragirl Media Project offers a two-hour introductory media literacy workshop for teachers—Becoming Literate in a 21st Cenutry World. Teachers will come away from this workshop with an understanding of what media literacy is, why it is important, and how to integrate media literacy into their classrooms.
Labragirl Media Project works with up to twelve select teachers from different schools, grade levels, and disciplines in a workshop format to create a cross-divisional and cross-department group of media literacy specialists.
Labragirl offers programming to help parents navigate screen time debates, equip their children with essential critical thinking and media literacy skills, and help keep their children safe, all the while empowering them, in a world saturated with violence and social media technologies.
This 2-hour introductory workshop provides parents with the essential perspective shifts, tools, and ideas to open up clear and effective lines of communication with their children.
This 4-part salon series is designed to help parents explore the world of media literacy, social media, and media violence in a small group evironment.
2. LABRAGIRL IS A PERSPECTIVE.
Labragirl Media Project believes media literacy and critical thinking skills are essential. In a world saturated with media images, students can only be considered fully literate if they can:
- Read images;
- Understand the grammar of moving images;
- See and analyze our universal visual language; and
- Engage in critical thinking conversations about media images.
To help students shift from unconsciously consuming moving images to engaging with the world around them, Labragirl Media Project works with teachers across the country to integrate these media literacy skills and conversations into K-12 classrooms and households across the country.
3. LABRAGIRL IS A MOVEMENT.
Labragirl Media Project believes profoundly in the power of teachers. When teachers have the flexibility to be creative, play to their strengths, and explore their teaching interests, the classroom possibilities and student success strategies are endless. Labragirl works one on one with individual schools and school districts to help teachers regain creativity in an increasingly standardized education system. Integrating media literacy as a language and perspective (not an art form or technology use) allows teachers to be creative and use their expertise while at the same time helping students gain CCSS proficiency, essential 21st century critical thinking skills, and an increased depth of learning.
To spread the message about media literacy, Labragirl offers year round community luncheon series. Join us for thought-provoking discussions, delicious food, and community building.
Are you ready to say yes to media Literacy? Still have questions?
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