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URI, Media Literacy Now-RI Begins Media Literacy Studies in RI Schools – URI News


Educators, parents, community members taking the survey
will be entered in the raffle for iPad Mini

KINGSTON, RI – June 15, 2021 – Screen time has increased for almost everyone during the pandemic. What impact could this surge have had on us and our children? Are there ways to mitigate the negative effects of media use and amplify the positive ones? Media literacy advocates believe that education is an important part of the solution.

Media Literacy Now-RI is working with the University of Rhode Island’s Media Education Lab to conduct a nationwide study of the degree of media literacy integration in Rhode Island schools in June, July, and August. The study, led by professional and student researchers from the Media Education Lab, includes an online survey of school educators, administrators, and parents, as well as follow-up interviews with volunteer respondents for more detailed information. The project is supported by funds from the Social Science Institute for Research, Education, and Policy at the University of Rhode Island.

“The fake news crisis, misinformation about coronavirus and vaccinations, cyberbullying and the abuse of social media to incite extremist views are the latest topics highlighting the need for the concept of literacy to be critically analyzed by everyone in this century Includes media forms. Said Pam Steager, state coordinator for Media Literacy Now-RI, part of the national Media Literacy Now movement, which works with state lawmakers to enact laws to integrate media literacy into state education programs. “But media literacy education also encompasses a wide range of skills and practices that can improve our understanding and use of media and technology, improve our understanding of ourselves and others, and strengthen our democracy. This study is a continuation of the 2018 survey of school principals to determine how well media literacy is taught in Rhode Island schools. “

Are you an educator, school librarian, parent, or legal guardian of a K-12 student? Curious about media literacy activities? Want to learn more and help Rhode Island determine the next steps to become a leader in media literacy education? The participants in the project take part in a competition for an iPad Mini. The winner will be chosen in August. To learn more or to take the survey, visit Media Literacy Now-RI at https://www.medialiteracyri.com/

To contact Pam Steager of Media Literacy Now-RI call (401) 439-1292 or email psteager@gmail.com.


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