Thursday, November 24, 2022

In today's "Information Fluency/Literacy" search feed, I found this article:

Students create content to fight disinformation, revive media trust

I've always valued students creating content, not just curriculum writers. As a curriculum author, it's easy to create what one thinks will grab students' attention and result in learning. But experience has taught me that giving projects to students to complete is hard to beat in terms of attention-getting and self-directed learning. For that reason, I applaud the Out of the Box Media Literacy Initiative for their efforts establishing a contest inviting students to answer pressing questions about disinformation, hate speech, and media distrust. 
To participate in the contest, students prepared 90-second original videos. Here are the guidelines:
  • 1st Category: High school students
    How should a media and information literate individual address fellow citizens who are misinformed, hateful, or discriminatory?
  • 2nd Category: College students
    How can media and information literacy help in reviving public trust lost in the media due to disinformation and hate speech?

The winning submission in the high school category emphasized "the duty to promote a culture of critical thinking combined with compassion. 'While you come across many who are ignorant, take a moment to not only remind them, but yourself of your intentions. Engage, not isolate. Encourage, not demoralize.'” (Allen Justin Mauleon, 2022)

Watch the video here

This contest took place in the Philippines as part of Global Media and Information Literacy Week in October, 2022.



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