The Alannah & Madeline Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of their latest digital learning offering, for students aged 12 to 16 – Media Literacy Lab.
This cross-curricular resource is designed and is flexible and adaptable to fit within a range of different lessons, in whatever form the classroom is currently taking .
Made up of six gamified modules, Media Literacy Lab aims to create a generation of media users who will understand how information is published online, how to identify trusted sources of information, while providing skills to ‘fact check’ and think critically about their interaction with media.
Created through a $1.4m investment from Google.org, the Foundation has worked with industry experts, academics and schools to develop Media Literacy Lab, a first-of-its-kind resource for school students. Google has been a proud supporter of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation for more than 10 years.
We are well aware of the importance of providing teachers with flexible and adaptive resources that support them in their work in classrooms across Australia. Media Literacy Lab offers them a youth-validated tool that will engage and be relevant to students, and connect with their existing planning in subject areas from English to Science and Health.
The Foundation’s CEO Lesley Podesta said that, in Australia, young people aged over 13 found their news from a mix of social media, family and TV, but only half of those using social media pay attention to the source of news online.
“It can be hard to spot ‘fact’ from ‘opinion’. Without media literacy knowledge and skills, young people are susceptible to online harm, manipulation, misinformation and the many faces of fear and hate speech,” Lesley says.
“The Lab enables our teachers to offer confident and explicit instruction in media literacy in an engaging and fun way. We know Australian teachers are very keen to know how to equip students with these ‘new media’ skills. Ultimately, it leads to stronger digital civic engagement in young people and safer online communities.”
With free access until January 2021, secondary school-level teachers can register and use Media Literacy Lab in blended classroom and remote delivery settings, with access to teaching practice ideas and opportunities to build professional knowledge in media literacy. Register now at medialiteracylab.org.au.
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