We know that media literacy (or media education) is important, particularly as we move into an increasingly digital teaching and learning environment. Indeed, UNESCO, in 2011, defined media and information literacy as a fundamental human right.
Yet, research suggests that many teachers at primary/elementary and secondary/high schools feel unsure about teaching it. They believe it is important but they don’t feel confident. And explicit training in media literacy is remarkably absent in teacher education programmes (except in secondary Media Studies), at least in New Zealand where we are based.
So a group of us decided to use our access to research (we are working or studying at universities) to try to help teachers build their knowledge about the topic. Most teachers don’t have access to the massive research databases but we do. Our hope is that sharing what we learn from research will be useful and informative.