How has literacy been impacted by digital media?
We used to believe our parents, teachers, and adults around us because we were taught to trust those who had more knowledge. Now, everyone around us has an opinion, and those opinions are being spread through TV news, radio, the internet, entertainment, and other methods of digital media. The right side of digital media is that allows a learner to raise questions, about the source of information, critique the message and verify the origin of the fact or opinion. The wrong side of digital media is that digital media has the power to persuade, send mix messages, and sway people’s thinking. If readers or viewers are not digitally literate, then they are susceptible to live a life based on people’s opinion rather than having their personal beliefs grounded on the truth.
How can media instruction be integrated into the curriculum?
Media literacy is not prejudiced to any content area. From Arts to Mathematics, some facts can be confirmed, and some opinions can be challenged. A method of teaching media literacy would be to teach our students to know how to identify facts from opinions in all content areas. For example, in science one of the major topics of discussion in radio and TV is the issue of global warming. Students can investigate the facts, listen to different opinions, and learn to elaborate a presentation where both views and presented and the student can form and express their own understanding or opinion.