The great Aretha Franklin is launching Week 4 of Course 2, with her aptly named song “Think”. If like me you like to read and listen to music. Then I might suggest opening this song up in a new tab and reading this weeks blog. If you don’t like to read and listen, save it for it later!

Aretha sings these words and these are going to be pivotal in our thinking this week:

Think about it (think)You better think (think)

Think about what you’re trying to do to me

Aretha Franklin – Think
Photo by Glen Carrie on Unsplash

You may be thinking how does this relate to COETAIL. Well this week we continue to build upon the ideas of respecting the remix, evolution of connections and finding balance as we THINK our responsibility, as educators ( and good humans!) in spreading factual information. What this means is critically examining information before sharing and positively interacting online. It’s a topic heavily connected to media literacy and digital citizenship.

Put it simply we need to THINK before we post.

So what exactly is Media Literacy?

There is a lot of connections and crossover between terms like digital literacy, media literacy, and informational literacy being used. They definitely intersect, but this might be a good time to share the differences and similarities.

DQ institute (which is a great organisation to explore if you have not heard of them before) describe media and information literacy as “The ability to find, organize, analyze, and evaluate media and information with critical reasoning.

Media Smarts, another fantastic resource for all things surrounding the fundamentals of digital & media literacy explain that “Media Literacy is all about “being able to access media on a basic level, to analyze it in a critical way based on certain key concepts, to evaluate it based on that analysis and, finally, to produce media oneself.” Media literacy is not limited to digital media alone, but rather all messages we consume in a variety of media platforms.

Cornell University defines Digital Literacy as “the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet.” It encompasses many of the traditional literacy skills such as consuming and producing information but adds the layer of technical skills and digital know-how that students need in the 21st Century.

The American Library Association defines Information Literacy as a “set of abilities requiring individuals to ‘recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” It encompasses both digital and media literacy. 

The graphic below from the ALA shows the intersection of various literacies within the information literacy landscape.

Coonan, E., & Jane, S. (2014, April 29). “My dolly’s bigger than your dolly”, or, Why our labels no longer matter. Retrieved April 29, 2016, from https://librariangoddess.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/my-dollys-bigger/ 

What I really value about this image is the way that it blends awareness, meaning making, communication, ethical choices, and evaluation with the way that you interact with our many literacies.

When exploring this weeks topic you will be thinking about how your students can responsibly consume and share information online. Also, think about experiences you may have had or steps you may be able to take to model digital and media literacy skills.

I am going to end this blog post like I began with Aretha Franklin’s message.

Photo by Joël de Vriend on Unsplash

Hey, think about it!

You, think about it!

Aretha Franklin – Think

What role will you play in promoting curiosity and truth?

Finally, don’t forget to let me know if you need any help with the Course 2 Final Project. This could be getting in contact with other members of our cohort to join forces Or it could be to bounce some ideas around.

I can not wait to see what you create through global collaboration!