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Technology and the Young Child- Media Literacy

  • 1.  Technology and the Young Child- Media Literacy

    Posted 04-03-2018 01:34 PM
    How do you feel about media literacy?  Are you able to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms in early childhood?  How are you using it to enhance instruction in your learning environment?

    Stay tuned for the week of May 14th for a media literacy zoom!

    Kelly Dalsemer
    Oviedo FL

  • 2.  RE: Technology and the Young Child- Media Literacy

    Posted 04-04-2018 09:21 PM
    Good evening, Kelly,

    I hope that this message finds you doing well. I feel excited about media literacy, and it is an innovative way to engage learners. Yes, I am able to create, access, analyze, and evaluate media in a variety of forms.

    I dream of one day building and installing a reading loft in my primary grade classroom once I find an A-grade charter or private school that allows me freedom and autonomy in choosing how to get the job done. I've watched YouTube videos about it, a reading loft. Hopefully this dream of media literacy will become real.

    When I consider autonomy and freedom I am reminded of a phrase I read in that Power to the Profession document in which educators are supposed to be in the driver's seat of teaching. If only more people would really live and conduct themselves in a manner that expresses such a phrase instead of overstepping their lane to tell capable people exactly how to teach and what to use to do it. I return to the point of media literacy:

    In my vision, there are seven pairs of headphones, four MP3 players, two speakers, several books, prepared manipulatives with certain books, a staircase to the loft, a laptop with privatized YouTube (or a more educational, censored version of the website) videos of the educator doing puppet shows, video demonstrations of how to do an activity, et cetera.                                                                                                                                                      Currently, I use an MP3 player, one adaptable speaker, and visual aid to enhance the audio.

    Victoria Mobley


  • 3.  RE: Technology and the Young Child- Media Literacy

    Posted 04-12-2018 06:23 AM
    @Victoria Mobley-Carter, I hope that your dream one day to find the support for your work as an early educator interested in using technology to create a reading loft for the children is realized. It sounds like it would be a cozy place to enjoy books, and connect with stories in a variety of ways that children would really love.

    Recently I visited a classroom that had a reading center with some of the components you describe. It included the book, The Mitten, a QR code to a video of the Author reading the story, props to act out aspects of the story, such as a mitten, animal characters, etc. So, in addition to hearing the story at group time, children could use an iPad with QR code reader app (several free QR code reader apps exist) to hear the book's author read the story to them.

    For those new to QR code use interested in checking this out, you can try scanning this code related to the reading story, ​
    or to enjoy nature in a way (think spring) not possible without technology-treat yourself ;^)

    Do you think sharing links to websites such as these with families would be appropriate, for enjoyment at home?

    Or ideas from a resource such as this blog post "Media Mentors, not Media Police" that suggests "Simply put, there is an over-emphasis on limits and not enough focus on thinking critically about how we use screens, particularly how we use screens with our children" that includes a calendar of media mentor activities parents can do with their children?

    Bonnie Blagojevic
    Morningtown Consulting
    Orono ME