Becoming Media Literate in the Age of Fake News and Constant Overstimulation

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Session Description
 
Our educational landscape is dramatically changing; youth and adults have access to more information than ever before in history. We are exposed to hundreds of media messages a day that influence our beliefs, values, behaviors, and prejudices. As a world we have embraced technology with open arms, but rarely have reflected on its implications or actively educated people on how to deconstruct the endless stream of messages. Media literacy or the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media in a variety of forms, can be used as an inquiry-based framework for exploring media in the classroom, community, or workplace.

Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society and develops skills of inquiry and analysis necessary for citizens to function in a democracy. Media literacy challenges the dogma perpetuated by mass media culture, such as class, race and gender bias, and excessive consumerism.

The goals of this workshop include preparing participants to be active-not passive-consumers of media, to be able to deconstruct and critically examine media-especially fake news- and to better understand and confront personal attitudes, behaviors, and biases.

Presenter(s)
 
Iris AnthonyIris Anthony
Family Engagement Services Coordinator (FESC) for Opportunity Council – ELAFS
 
Iris Anthony is the Family Engagement Services Coordinator (FESC) for Opportunity Council – ELAFS which includes Head Start and Early Head Start. Iris has spent the last 15 years working in various educational settings: kindergarten to college, private to non-profit. Iris holds a B.A. in Literature and Communication Arts-Secondary Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a Master’s in Adult Education from Western Washington University (WWU). Most recently Iris worked in higher education coordinating the CCI program at Whatcom Community College. Previously Iris worked as a graduate assistant at WWU in Woodring College of Education, taught for three years at a private experiential high school, worked in Montana under a state grant to reduce risky behaviors in youth, and tutored students in Math, English and SAT prep at Sylvan Learning Center. Iris has been teaching media literacy concepts to students, youth, and educators for over 10 years. Iris has traveled to over 40 countries, lived in England and Belize and volunteered in Nepal as an English Teacher. As the FESC Iris is responsible for developing, planning, implementing, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the Parent, Family and Community Engagement and Recruiting, Eligibility, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance procedures and policies.
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