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5 things to do for Media Literacy Week – MEDIA LITERACY

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This year ABC Education is celebrating Media Literacy Week with some questions!

In a year that “Do Your Own Research” became part of our popular vocabulary, we have some great activities and resources to help students, teachers, and parents improve their information retrieval skills.

Here are five things you can do to get started October 25-29.

1. Check out our News Champs

Media Literacy Week 2021 News Champions are a group of 8th grade students based in Champion Bay, WA. As part of a collaboration with ABC Heywire’s Remote Media Literacy project, they will spend two days on local ABC Midwest & Wheatbelt in Geraldton recording the four-part podcast Question What You Hear.

The podcast covers media literacy topics for radio such as: how stories are chosen and told; how the emergency transmission works; and how to question what we hear on the radio and in podcasts.

The series features interviews with experts and personalities, including comedian Wil Anderson and journalist Jan Fran from the ABC comedy series Question Everything about misinformation.

The 2021 News Champs interview journalist Jan Fran on Zoom with the help of Heywire producer Katie McAllister

A screenshot showing a Zoom meeting between Jan Fran, producer Katie, and five 8th grade students

The 2021 News Champs interview journalist Jan Fran on Zoom with the help of Heywire producer Katie McAllister

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2. Get Jan-splained!

The Media Literacy website will also host Jan Fran’s short explainer of Question Everything – officially known as Jan Splaining!

These videos offer a humorous look at the ways misinformation can spread. They are great, fun discussion starters on a serious topic. Perfect for use in the classroom.

3. Use classroom media literacy resources

If you are new to media literacy this week is the perfect time to try out some of the many interactive elements, games and videos available on this website.
Media literacy can be approached in any subject area. Our Tips for Teachers section also provides helpful guides on how to use our resources, as well as general advice for teaching.

How to use the news in class

Use The News: An Introduction

In this series of tutorials, we guide and inspire teachers with simple and meaningful ways to use the news in their classes.

4. Check out our daily media literacy challenge on Facebook and Twitter

From October 25th to 29th, we will host a daily media literacy challenge for you and your students.

Will you be able to tell fact from fiction? Will you be able to use your online detective skills to find the source of a photo? Will you be able to verify information?

It’s a great set of activities to warm up your classes and be ready to put their media literacy into action. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get involved.

5. Go local, national, global!

Media Literacy Week is a growing event. This year, keep an eye out for media literacy activities from our Australian partners in the Australian Media Literacy Alliance (AMLA), including the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy.

The AMLA also released its latest report on media literacy for adults in Australia and its report on the need for a national strategy for all Australians.

Check out what the rest of the world is doing this week. The theme of the UNESCO media literacy week 2021 is media and information literacy for the common good.

We believe that asking better questions and learning how to evaluate answers will empower us all as global citizens and create a power of public good.

Global Media and Information Literacy Week is a UNESCO-recognized annual initiative to combat the spread of spinning, misinformation and fake news around the world. Media Literacy Week 2021 will take place worldwide from October 24th to 31st.

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