Media Literacy education teaches students to apply critical thinking to media messages and to use media to create their own messages – is a key 21st Century skill. Media literacy requires technical fluency and the ability to think critically to understand how media messages shape our culture and society. It is important for students of today to be able to make informed decisions about what we do and encounter online and through all types of media.
Media literacy includes:
- Digital literacy: the ability to recognize how technology and the media affects our behavior and perceptions and the ability to create and effectively communicate using media tools;
- Information literacy: the ability to find, interpret, evaluate, and use information to solve a problem or make a decision;
- News literacy: helps us to discern verified information from spin, opinion, and propaganda;
- Visual literacy: allows us to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media such as: photographs, videos, illustrations, drawings, maps, diagrams, and advertisements;
- Digital citizenship: the safe and responsible use of technology.
With the knowledge explosion and the integration of technology weaving through every aspect of our American culture, Saint Patrick Catholic School closely collaborates with parents to help children become intelligent, wise, moral, and successful problem solvers.