The Alliance for a Media Literate America (AMLA) has announced that the National Media Education Conference "NMEC 2007: iPods, Blogs and Beyond: Evolving Media Literacy for the 21st Century" – a comprehensive professional development conference for media educators – will take place June 22-26 in St. Louis. Designed for K-16 teachers, curriculum developers, and administrators, as well as youth-serving leaders and public health educators, the event includes two back-to-back programs: a Media Education Research Summit, followed by the National Media Education Conference.
With media literacy on the forefront of educational agendas in districts and schools throughout the country, the AMLA has released the “Core Principles of Media Literacy Education,” a document that provides guidelines for grassroots implementation of media literacy. The Core Principles are the focus of several sessions at the conference, which offers over 75 workshops, panels, and peer networking opportunities, as well as presentations by media literacy experts from the United States, England, Canada, Australia, China, and Japan.
Highlights from the conference include the following:
- MIT’s video game researcher Henry Jenkins will keynote along with pop culture author Douglas Rushkoff.
- Workshops will provide hands-on tools for integrating media literacy and new technology into a wide range of classrooms and mandated subject areas, including literacy and language arts, social studies, health and the arts. Examples include: Let's Write a Movie! Teaching Language Arts Skills Through Scriptwriting; Media Literacy: The Missing Link to Civic Engagement in the Digital Age; and Making MySpace a Safe Space: Risks and Realities of the Online Culture
A key part of the conference agenda will be developing an action plan for AMLA’s just-released “Core Principles,” which proponents say represent a major shift from “… what educators believe to be true about media to what they believe to be true about how children learn to think critically.” It is a first step in the development of clear, measurable outcomes and benchmarks for the media literacy field. The Core Principles are available at: www.amlainfo.org/coreprinciples
For information about registration and agenda specifics, go to http://www.amlainfo.org/nmec2007.
Source: Alliance for a Media Literate America, www.amlainfo.org