Media Literacy Lesson Plans from 9 Platinum Standards – URI Digital Media Summit

Posted on: by Michael Tringe

I recently had the opportunity to learn from a wide variety of individuals working in all aspects of digital media, in thinking about the future of digital media literacy at the URI Digital Media Summit – and here are some ideas for media literacy lesson plans taken from nine platinum standards of digital media literacy interpreted from our dialogue.

Media Literacy Lesson Plan 1: Visual comprehension
• Can analyze digital media context, intent, and meaning including bias

Media Literacy Lesson Plan 2: Media production:
• Can communicate a point effectively with media like photos, design, or videos
• Develops visual writing, camera, editing skills to make a point, tell a story

Media Literacy Lesson Plan 3: Online research ready:
• Discovers and verifies new information efficiently and accurately
• Synthesizes that information to construct meaningful conclusions

Media Literacy Lesson Plan 4: Self-assessment and fast learning:
• Identifies weaknesses in knowledge or training and finds resources quickly
• Self-training ready, building and retaining new skill sets

Media Literacy Lesson Plan 5: Virtual collaboration:
• Works with others effectively to start and complete shared projects
• Manages project tasks, identifies, and solves problems effectively
• Works efficiently, capable of self-management with all kinds of applications
• Invites peer review and feedback regularly
• Works well across types: creative, business, technical

Media Literacy Lesson Plan 6: Virtual communication:
• Shares information efficiently and effectively in writing and virtual settings
• Participates meaningfully in online exchanges to move the needle
• Initiates, builds, and maintains relationships via email, social networks, and videoconference
• Discerns logical and emotional inferences in a virtual environment
• Understands needs of different types: business, creative, technical
• Works effectively on different types of devices and mediums

Media Literacy Lesson Plan 7: Digital representation:
• Creates an authentic and relevant online portfolio of self and others
• Can develop a meaningful digital footprint via blog, digital media, and video
• Communicates effectively on camera, live and recorded

Media Literacy Lesson Plan 8: Digital marketing:
• Understands politics and manners of diverse social media settings
• Understands principles of growth and audience building
• Discerns politics and boundaries of personal, private, and public information

Media Literacy Lesson Plan 9: Code and programming competent:
• Understands principles, methods, and work of coding and web design
• Can code basic HTML and work on WordPress-like frameworks

I would love to hear what you think of these media literacy lesson plans and platinum standards, or if you have your own that you’d like to include!

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Written by Michael Tringe

Mike Tringe earned his MFA in Film Production from USC and has worked at Creative Artists Agency Film Sales (Paranormal Activity, Black Swan), Vuguru, Michael Eisner's multi-platform studio, (The Booth at the End (Hulu), Don't Ask, Don't Tell (Snag), Little Women Big Cars (AOL), and Blip Networks (300 million monthly views, Smosh, Annoying Orange, Nostalgia Critic).

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