• Samah Meghjee

A Letter to the Learner

This year I'm taking a two-part course at Emory called "K-12 Media Literacy," which is all about the importance to teaching media literacy to students and children. What is media literacy? Great question, one that I still ask myself in class pretty much every Tuesday and Thursday. According to the Center for Media Literacy:

"Media Literacy is a 21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms — from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy."

This semester we are creating a curriculum to teach students about media literacy and media in general. Next semester, we are teaching this curriculum twice a week at 8:30 AM to a group of fifth graders at a local elementary school!

I am very excited about the teaching part. I am very not excited about the 8:30 AM part, but we make do.

This week, we had to make video letters in response to letters we received from our students. Here were my responses to Ruth, Luke, Liam, and Trinity. This was my first ever attempt at creating stop motion video, so go easy on me.

Excited to teach these students next semester! And I hope they don't think I'm too weird for taking multiple polaroids of myself.

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