Embracing RIDE's Vision for Public Education
RIDE’s Vision for Public Education in Rhode Island states: “Rhode Island schools prepare every graduate to pursue a fulfilling career, be a critical and creative thinker, a collaborative and self-motivated learner, and a culturally competent and active citizen.”
Media literacy education contributes to this vision and to specific priorities of the 2015 - 2020 Strategic Plan in these ways:
Through media literacy education, learners make connections between skills and knowledge learned in the classroom and their experiences with mass media and digital technologies at home and in the community. They engage in inquiry-driven and project-based learning to develop transferable knowledge and skills.
21st Century Skills
Media literacy learning experiences develop students’ ability to use digital media for self-expression and collaboration, developing critical thinking skills that enable students to become effective communicators.
Libraries and other cultural organizations provide opportunities for media literacy learning experiences that engage learners who seek out learning experiences beyond the school day.
Media and technology can help people learn about the world and deepen our ability to respect cultural differences. Through viewing and listening to diverse global media, learners increase their motivation to improve their language skills.
Digital Learning & 1:1 Technology
Media literacy education advances student autonomy by helping them develop a sense of agency about their identities as digital authors; it also deepens their sense of social responsibility about their online activities both in and out of school.
Social Emotional Learning and Wellness
Media literacy education emphasizes the development of respect for divergent interpretations of information and communication and advances digital citizenship skills including respect for others and creating tolerance. These practices help create a climate which builds student well-being and enhances school safety.
When teachers gain confidence in using digital tools, texts and technologies, they empower students as digital learners.
By partnering with colleges and universities including the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and Bryant University and other schools, educators can work together to advance ongoing media literacy continuing education experiences for K-12 teachers and librarians.