ANNABEL ASTBURY, CHAIR, AUSTRALIAN MEDIA LITERACY ALLIANCE
Although digital literacy will now be recognised as a general capability for Australian students, the need to focus on a broader set of capabilities to critically engage with all forms of media is becoming more urgent than ever.
As the Australian Media Literacy Alliance (AMLA) says "It is a form of lifelong literacy that is essential for full participation in society."
As students increasingly learn about the world online, they can increasingly encounter fake news, misinformation and disinformation, bias and concealed agendas - whether is this in the form of text, video or other media. Knowing how, when and why to trust is becoming a key skill for students.
We intend to explore the emerging topic of media literacies, helping to enable students to not use use digital technologies effectively, but confidently engage with media, media organisations and manage their personal, social and public relationships using digital media.
WHAT WE'RE SAYING
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WHAT WE'RE READING
Some things we're reading right now about digital literacies.
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COURSES WE'RE MAKING
We've developing a series of courses that help students, parents and teachers get to grips with new and emerging forms of digital media.
These 15 courses cover digital technologies like messaging, social media, video platforms and gaming, focusing not just how how to use them - and how to use them safely - but on issues like digital footprints and privacy.
The courses were developed by Dr Peter Thomas working with Haileybury's digital learning leaders Lauren Sayer, Craig Nicholls and Carlie Gannon.
You can take the first of the courses, the Digital Literacy Quiz on the courses homepage.