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About Me

My name is Celeste Samuel. I have a B.S in Early/ Childhood and Childhood Education from Molloy College.

My Topic and Purpose

The topic of this mini-course is Media Literacy in the classroom.  The goal of this course is to guide teachers as they work towards implementing media literacy into their classrooms.   Media is a huge part of our students' lives from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to bed.  Being able to read, write, speak, and listen are no longer enough to ensure that students become successful and engaged citizens in the 21st century.  Students need to be prepared to dissect the media and use critical thinking and questioning skills.

Scope of Learning Outcomes and Content

At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of media literacy in the 21st century
  • Implement effective media literacy

Needs Assessment

  • The educational problem or opportunity:

Students spend a large portion of their day viewing media, from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to bed.  They see it on their phones, on TV, in school, newspapers, billboards, etc.  “Literacy is the ability to encode and decode symbols and synthesize and analyze messages” (Lonergan, 2023).  Being so regularly exposed to media messages and not knowing how to analyze them leaves students vulnerable to media messages.

  • The learners/participants involved:

The learners of this course are most likely educators from ETAP 623 looking for a way to implement media literacy into their classrooms.

  • Analysis of gaps:

Students know what media is and how to access it but they often do not realize that there are messages in the media that they should be aware of.  They also do not realize how skeptical they should be when viewing media messages. 

  • Existing efforts to address this gap:

The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) has been a major voice in media literacy education since 1997. 

  • Intent statement:

This course is intended to guide educators through the process of implementing media literacy into their classrooms or learning environments by offering opportunities to understand the importance of media literacy education, different ways it can be implemented, and resources to further research media literacy education.


Lonergan, M. K. (2023, August 4). What is media literacy and how can simple shifts center it. PBS. https://www.pbs.org/education/blog/what-is-media-literacy-and-how-can-simple-shifts-center-it#:~:text=The%20National%20Association%20for%20Media,media%20we%20consume%20and%20create

NAMLE. (2023, August 4). https://namle.net/

Analysis of the Learner and Context

The learners in this course will be mostly educators ETAP 623 or any other educator in settings in a K-12 setting or high education. The learners will need to have prior knowledge and skills in developing and implementing lessons, as well as creating an effective learning environment for students. The time to complete this mini-course can be completed independently at the learners own pace, or with a partner or group to encourage collaboration and discussion.

Required resources include: computer and internet access.

Performance-Based Objectives

After completing this mini-course, learners will be able to:

  • Design and implement media literacy education into the classroom.
  • teach others about media literacy education and how to implement it into the classroom.

Task and Content Analysis

Before taking this course, the learner should:

  • Be familiar with using the internet to access information.
  • Be familiar with standards and curriculum.
  • Have a growth mindset.

Module 1: What is Media/ Media Literacy?

After this module, the learner

  • Will be able to define media.
  • Will be able to define media literacy.
  • Will understand the role media plays in their own lives and the lives of their students.
  • Will be able to identify and reflect on their own media use.

Module 2: Why Teach Media Literacy?

After this module, the learner

  • Will understand the importance media literacy education.
  • Will understand where media literacy education fits into the classroom.

Module 3: Implementing Media Literacy Education into the Classroom

After this module, the learner

  • Will be able to identify media literacy education techniques.
  • Will understand different strategies and techniques that they can implement into their own classrooms.

Module 4: Lesson Ideas and Create a Lesson

After this module, the learner

  • Will be able to develop a media literacy education lesson plan.
  • Will be able to teach media literacy education to peers and colleagues.

Curriculum Map

(MOD 7-8) Upload a visual map to show the sequence of learning units, each with its own objectives and activities. The units should work coherently to support the achievement of the ultimate objectives of the whole mini-course. Use this map to guide the creation of the actual learning units while adapting it when needed. The key idea is to fine-tune the objective-content/process-assessment alignment.

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