If we could ask kids around the world what they’re thinking and feeling, what would they say?
Action for Media Education’s latest initative:We’re inviting young people from ages 3 to 19 to participate in an international online exhibit of creative work (in any format) that reflects their lives in this time of COVID-19.
Teachers and parents can be at a loss on the topic of media literacy. We know it’s important—our young people are bombarded with messages constantly. How can we help them understand what they’re seeing, reading, and hearing? Let alone creating and sharing themselves! How can we help them evaluate the messenger as well as the message?
Click the image below to open it in a new window.This guide for teachers and parents has been created as part of Media Literacy Week by two AME board members, Ethan Delavan (high school IT director) and Janith Pewitt (high school classroom teacher). Michael Danielson, board chair (teacher and EdTech director) designed the publication.
For the first time, the State of Washington has issued a proclamation to raise awareness of Media Literacy Education and commemorate the 4th Annual Media Literacy Week, which is observed locally, nationally, and internationally.
Educators, students, parents, and adult advocates invite you to participate in a week of student activities, discussions, idea sharing, and celebration of work that promotes media literacy in communities around the world as an essential life skill for the 21st century.
Media Literacy Week is hosted by The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), with hundreds of organizations, schools, educators, partners, and supporters in the U.S. alone. See how you can participate!
Thank you to Governor Inslee and the Washington State Legislature for your continued support of media literacy education for students of all ages.
To download or view the proclamation, click on the image below or click here.
Media Literacy Week, November 5-9, 2018 — It’s less than a month away!
Media Literacy Week activities and events raise awareness about the importance of media literacy education for today’s students, and showcase the amazing work of educators, students, and organizations across the US. Now in its fourth year, Media Literacy Week is sponsored by the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE).
NAMLE has named Ethan Delavan, Action for Media Education (AME) board member, as Washington’s Media Literacy Week chair. AME is a NAMLE partner in this annual event.
From the website of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, NAMLE
Media Literacy Week is designed to bring attention and visibility to media literacy education in the United States. Inspired by Canada’s Media Literacy Week now in its 13th year, the National Association for Media Literacy Education leads the efforts to coordinate a media literacy week in the United States to showcase the work of amazing media literacy educators and organizations around the country.
The mission of Media Literacy Week is to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today.
Whether you are an individual teacher, an employee at an organization, or a researcher, you can get involved with Media Literacy Week. Between November 5 and 9, plan your own Media Literacy Event for your community. It’s up to you to decide what you want to organize, but if you need help planning, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some ideas to get you started:
Gather teachers for a professional development workshop
Organize a screening and panel discussion at your school or in your community
Create a film festival of youth media projects developed in your classroom
Take your students on a tour of a local television station
Host a webinar about news literacy
Partner with your local maker space and explore new forms of reading and writing with emergent technology
Explore a community issue and have youth come up with civically-minded creative solutions
Debate the ethical opportunities and challenges of what “free” or “private” means online
Share your plans with NAMLE and we will post your event on the Media Literacy Week website. Send us your logo and we will add you to the list of partners.
We hope you will be a part of the 4th Annual Media Literacy Week in the United States.
History was made this month when the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced its new media literacy education grant program, funded by recently passed legislation. The grant application package was released September 16, 2019.
The submission deadline is 4 p.m., October 21, 2019.
Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to educational teams representing Washington’s K-12 system. Teams will be expected to develop and share openly-licensed curriculum unitsfocused on one of three subject areas:social studies, English language arts, or health. A unique feature of these units will be that they will be developed using a media literacy lens to address the content that is commonly considered in one of these subject areas.
Check out this link for a 30-minute recording of the webinar that explains the new grant program, the PowerPoint for the webinar, and a Q & A document.
We have decided after many years to begin a needed refresh on our logo and overall design elements. We’d like to debut our new logo then to kickoff this process.
Below is the newest face of AME. A beautiful nod to cameras and photography, this logo will now be on all our materials going forward, and will replace our older logos, also below.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support. We look forward to this refresh of logos and colors while continuing to unify all of you in efforts to promote, educate and advocate for media literacy in Washington State.
Amazon announced Friday, June 16 that it’s buying Whole Foods for just under $14 billion, the retailer’s largest acquisition ever. The purchase holds implications for the future of groceries, the entire food industry, and—as hyperbolic as this might sound—the future of shopping for just about anything.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. At the simplest level, the deal represents a straightforward confluence of interests. Amazon needs food and urban real estate, and Whole Foods needs help.
The e-commerce giant has been expanding into groceries and physical locations, including bookstores, ironically working itself back into the brick-and-mortar business that it’s also disrupting. Whole Foods, meanwhile, offers the biggest name in yuppie groceries and a fleet of urban locations, which can double as Amazon warehouses. Meanwhile, the grocer is in a tailspin, its stock price cascading as revenue growth has fallen every year since 2012. Investors had for weeks been pushing the company to sell itself to a larger grocer, like Kroger. That Whole Foods ended up with Amazon is poetic justice, considering that, in 2015, CEO John Mackey said Amazon’s move into grocery delivery would be “Amazon’s Waterloo.” Doubters of Amazon’s strategy can point to the fact that groceries are a terrible, low-margin business. That’s true—almost as terrible and low-margin as e-commerce, where Amazon has already demonstrated that it can hypnotize Wall Street’s myopic financiers, while it spends tens of billions of dollars building a global warehousing and delivery infrastructure for a shopping future that is moving online. In short, Whole Foods was in a free fall, and Amazon is the perfect net to catch it.
Media Literacy, a free two-hour workshop, is set at the Port Angeles Library at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Librarians Danielle Gayman and Sarah Morrison at the Port Angeles Library of the North Olympic Library System will present the workshop at the library at 2210 S. Peabody St.
“Today’s media landscape and technologies mean that misinformation or disinformation can be widely shared and disseminated, accidentally or purposefully, regardless of the facts,” according to a news release issued by the library system.
Description: NOLS Librarians Danielle Gayman and Sarah Morrison will present an introductory session on Media Literacy, including types of journalism, identifying perspective, and determining bias. Find out about “Truthiness” and learn how to identify “Fake” or “Fabricated” news.
Pictured: Barbara Johnson, Action for Media Education and Marilyn Cohen, NW Center for Media Literacy, College of Education, UW
Pictured left to right: Dennis Small, Educational Technology Director, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sharyn Merrigan, Teacher-Librarian, Olympia School District, Jessica Vavrus, Washington State School Directors’ Association and Carolyn Logue, Washington State Library Association.
Pictured left to right: Evan Smith, Legislative Assistant, Curt Kohlwes, Executive Legislative Assistant and Sen. Marko Liias 21st District-Lynnwood.
Pictured left to right: Jessica Vavrus, Washington State School Directors’ Association, Carolyn Logue, Washington State Library Association, Sharyn Merrigan, Teacher-Librarian, Olympia School District, Dennis Small, Educational Technology Director, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Nick Pernisco, Action for Media Education, Evan Smith, Legislative Assistant, Marilyn Cohen, NW Center for Media Literacy, College of Education, UW, Senator Marko Liias 21st District-Lynnwood and Curt Kohlwes, Executive Legislative Assistant.
ESSB 5449 Bill History
Marilyn Cohen shaking hands with Gov. Jay Inslee. Pictured left to right: Curt Kohlwes, Executive Legislative Assistant, Sen. Marko Liias 21st District-Lynnwood, Marilyn Cohen, NW Center for Media Literacy, College of Education, UW, Carolyn Logue, Washington State Library Association and Gov. Jay Inslee.
Gov. Inslee gives the bill signing pen to Sen. Marko Liias, the primary sponsor of the bill. Pictured left to right: Marilyn Cohen, NW Center for Media Literacy, College of Education, UW, Evan Smith, Legislative Assistant, Sen. Marko Liias 21st District-Lynnwood, Carolyn Logue, Washington State Library Association, Gov. Jay Inslee and Sharyn Merrigan, Teacher-Librarian, Olympia School District.
Nick Pernisco gives Gov. Jay Inslee a copy of Nick’s book Practical Media Literacy. Pictured left to right: Dennis Small, Educational Technology Director, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sharyn Merrigan, Teacher-Librarian, Olympia School District, Gov. Jay Inslee, Jessica Vavrus, Washington State School Directors’ Association and Nick Pernisco, Action for Media Education.
Pictured left to right: Gov. Jay Inslee, Dennis Small, Educational Technology Director, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Marilyn Cohen, NW Center for Media Literacy, College of Education, UW and Barbara Johnson, Action for Media Education.
Pictured left to right: Curt Kohlwes, Executive Legislative Assistant, Marilyn Cohen, NW Center for Media Literacy, College of Education, UW, Evan Smith, Legislative Assistant, Sen. Marko Liias 21st District-Lynnwood, Carolyn Logue, Washington State Library Association, Governor Jay Inslee, Sharyn Merrigan, Teacher Librarian, Olympia School District, Dennis Small, Educational Technology Director, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Nick Pernisco, Action for Media Education, Jessica Vavrus, Washington State School Directors’ Association and Barbara Johnson, Action for Media Education.
Winners of the 2017 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The annual prizes, which mark the best in journalism from the year, have evolved over time to include digital and magazine journalism.
The New York Daily News and ProPublica
“For uncovering, primarily through the work of reporter Sarah Ryley, widespread abuse of eviction rules by the police to oust hundreds of people, most of them poor minorities.”
Finalists – Chicago Tribune
Breaking News Reporting:
East Bay Times
“For relentless coverage of the “Ghost Ship” fire, which killed 36 people at a warehouse party, and for reporting after the tragedy that exposed the city’s failure to take actions that might have prevented it.”
Finalists – The Dallas Morning News Staff
The Orlando Sentinel Staff
NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) is one of the world’s largest and most influential festivals for emerging filmmakers.
The upcoming event, held Thursday, April 27 to Sunday, April 30, will feature over 250 films from young filmmakers all over the world and two days of immersive 360° education and film making.
Festival Guide: Can’t wait to flip through the 2017 Festival Guide? Look no further, as it’s up online! Plot and plan your trip to NFFTY today.
Keynote Speaker Chris Moore: Join NFFTY for a moderated discussion with producer Chris Moore (producer on such pictures as Good Will Hunting, American Pie, Reindeer Games, and the recent Oscar-winning film Manchester By The Sea) as he debunks film industry myths ranging from producing and fundraising, to distribution and balancing work and life, through the lens of his own journey and experience in the film industry. Keynote presentation will be followed by an extended moderated audience Q&A discussion. The panel discussion takes place on Sunday, April 30 at noon at SIFF Uptown Cinema 1.
For more information about the festival and to buy tickets, visit NFFTY.org
Are you planning on attending NFFTY this year? This is your last chance to purchase Early Bird tickets for NFFTY 2017. Ticket prices will go up on March 25, so don’t delay!
NFFTY is the largest film festival for emerging filmmakers, with this year’s festival featuring 257 films from 27 countries. Join us for four days of films, our first ever 360° gallery, parties, panel discussions and more!
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Seattle Public Schools (SPS), in partnership with the City of Seattle, will open up new career and college pathways for city youth to graduate from high school “Seattle Ready,” by establishing new media arts courses in the Seattle Public Schools Skills Center. Skills Center courses, taught by industry professionals, will enable students to be competitive in the local workforce and provide the opportunity to live and work in Seattle.
SPS has received a grant of $395,000 from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to fund the creation of new Media Arts courses offered through the Seattle Public Schools Skills Center. The grant will be supplemented by an additional $175,000 from the City of Seattle. Providing an initial investment, this external financial support will lead to a sustainable program. The new Media Arts courses will begin in July and students can apply today.
In This Session
More and more, young people (and adults) are getting their news online and from social media. There is also the increasingly problematic issue of fake news and determining credible news sources online. In an age of pervasive, fast, and on-demand information, there is a need for educators and parents to teach news and media literacy to kids. In this webinar, Kelly Mendoza, Director of Learning and Engagement for Common Sense Education, will lead us on an exploration of news and media literacy, including:
Why news and media literacy is more important than ever
Latest research on kids and news
What is “fake news” and how to spot it
Ways teachers can integrate news and media literacy into their curriculum
Rubrics you can use to assess students’ understanding of news literacy
The Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media, NWARM, is a media literacy group in the Spokane, WA area. On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. NWARM is holding their third annual MediaFest, held at KSPS Public Television Station.
The one-day event brings together 80-100 area high school students interested in media careers with working professionals from every aspect of Spokane’s media to learn about potential careers and encourage critical thinking about media in students’ lives.
From trolls and bullies to scammers, the internet can be a scary place full of risks for students who go online almost daily. In fact, one of every four teens has experienced bullying while online, the Cyberbullying Research Center reports.
Safer Internet Day, which was launched in 2005 by European Schoolnet and officially recognized by the U.S. in 2012, is now celebrated on Feb. 7 by 120 countries around the world. On the observance’s official international website, citizens worldwide are encouraged to “be the change: united for a better internet.”
The research indicates that 65 percent of adults and teens have experienced some form of safety risk while online; the most frequently cited safety risk was unwanted contact, with cyberbullying and trolling coming in second.
On Tuesday, December 6, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) is hosting its first annual fundraiser. It will be a night of films, free wine and food, and some cool raffles to bid on.
Tickets are only $30 each and will help to benefit NFFTY. They can be purchased here.
During these turbulent times, NFFTY provides a perfect space for the expression of young artists.
NFFTY depends on the generous donations of its supporters. If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation, you can always do that at the NFFTY website.
With over 60 people in attendance, from educators to policy makers and all types of professionals in between, our 25th anniversary celebration was a success!
Thank you for joining us on our journey in the last 25 years. We look forward to many more years of your support, encouragement and interest in changing the world of digital citizenship and media literacy.
Media Literacy Week, October 31 – November 4, will kick off on Friday, October 28, 2016, when Twitter will host the Digital Citizenship Summit launch event for U.S. Media Literacy Week at their San Francisco headquarters.
The all-day global event aims to work towards solutions, promote best practices, and empower citizens to “be the digital change.” The event is being livestreamed (or Periscoped) through Twitter’s @Safety account, and can also be watched directly at BeTheDigitalChange.com.
The Summit features a diverse range of speakers and panels, working towards the one underlying question: How can we be the digital change?
Participants can also follow along and contribute by using #digcitsummit, #BeTheDigitalChange, and #MediaLitWk.
The mission of Media Literacy Week is to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today. Media Literacy is the ability to ACCESS, ANALYZE, EVALUATE, COMMUNICATE and CREATE using all forms of media.
Be sure to mark your calendars for Media Literacy Week which will be held this year from October 31st through November 4th. The Digital Citizenship Summit hosted by Twitter as their San Francisco headquarters will serve as the launch event for this important week. The event featuring presentations, panels, videos and awards will be live-streamed so that you will be able to access the day’s activities from wherever you might be on October 31st. The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) is leading Media Literacy Week and will be partnering with the The Digital Citizenship Summit and Twitter for this launch event.
Action 4 Media Education would like to invite you to our 25th anniversary celebration! We will be highlighting our many programs over the years, as well the recent passage of Washington’s Digital Citizenship /Media Literacy bill.
The party will be Thursday, November 3, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Ivar’s Salmon House.
Come share food and drink while connecting with former and current AME members as well as new leaders in Media Literacy.