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Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action

Published: November 2010

Publisher(s): Aspen Institute; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Author(s): Hobbs, Renee

Funder(s): John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

View Report (63 pages; 1.09MB; PDF)

Area of Focus: Digital Learning


This white paper serves as an independent follow-up to the 2009 Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy’s recommendations for community technology needs for information exchange. The paper focuses on digital and media literacy for critical thinking, analysis and communication. It outlines paths to strengthen modern media literacy and civic engagement, including integrating an understanding of data sources and interpretation via current technology in K-12 schooling.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

=Use summer learning programs to integrate digital and media literacy

=For underserved communities, utilize public libraries and other community centers to integrate digital and media literacy

=Prepare educators for teaching digital and media literacy for their students by approaching the topic in college and university programs

=Encourage initiatives that integrate digital and media literacy in K-12 curriculum utilizing community and media partnerships

=Develop and gather digital and media literacy instructional strategies online for educators’ reference

=Shift focus from learning the technology to learning how to use the technology for media literacy

Geographic Focus: National

Subjects/Keyword: Digital learning; digital literacy; media literacy; citizenship

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