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Opinion: Media Literacy Is Now Being Taught in Some Schools | Daniella Cressman

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Technology is changing rapidly, and we’ve already made quite a few advances as a society in a short amount of time.

Students are spending more and more hours online, for better or worse.

The pandemic certainly meant that a lot of people turned to their phones or computers in order to distract themselves.

Quite a few educators have decided they might as well teach their students media literacy, because it is such an important topic in 2022, and a lot of youngsters have trouble navigating the ins and outs of technology and don’t realize the dangers that can sometimes come with simple activities such as surfing the web.

When the pandemic first hit and Dulce Independent Schools in far Northern New Mexico went remote in March 2020, “it was survival mode,” recalls Mallory Merritt, a middle school language arts and social studies teacher. “All curriculum and lesson plans went out the window,” she added. But amid the confusion and students’ skyrocketing use of social media during pandemic lockdowns, Merritt created a unit on the topic of media literacy — roughly defined as the ability to analyze, access and create using all forms of communication. —Jessica Pollard

This seems to be an essential skill these days: Remote work is becoming increasingly common and this makes marketing and communication skills immensely important because it can be more difficult to get your message across from the other side of a screen than it would be to simply speak to someone in person. In my eyes, this is a beneficial change.

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