Dr Peter Thomas, director of HaileyburyX, with special guest Annabel Astbury, Chair of the Australian Media Literacy Alliance (AMLA).
A series of short conversations about all aspects of media literacy for K12 students, teachers and parents.
MEDIA LITERACIES/SHORT CUTS
Media Literacy is essential to society.
In the era of fake news and misinformation, we need to critically engage with media and technologies across all areas of our lives and be confident in our ability to make decisions about media use.
Media Literacies/Short Cuts is a series of easily digestible, to the point and practical discussions about media literacies.
S1 E1: In the fakery bakery
We discuss the history of fake news (longer than you might think) and scroll to the present day of feeds full of fake news and how it is made. From bots and trolls to political spin, how do we spot fake news, what can we do about it and how do we upskill students to be experts in knowing what and who to trust.
COMING UP IN SEASON ONE
S1 E2 Whose bias?
Everyone is out to tell a story, and everyone has a point of view. From Twitter feeds to mainstream news outlets, what we see is necessarily biased and incomplete. What are the signals of bias, how can we read it and how do we built capacity to engage critically with media?
S1 E3 How to stay current in a 24/7 media world
The news cycle is endless, relentless, demands our attention and sometimes not being right up to date can have huge consequences. In the tsunami of news on our devices what should we do to get to the now? We look at how to stay right up to date without being overwhelmed by the constant news feed.
S1 E4 Who fact checks the fact checkers?
Rigorous fact checking is an essential tool to combat media misinformation. But who checks the fact checkers? Can we trust what seems to be verified? What trust markers can we look for as we consume media? We look at the facts about fact-checking.
S1 E5 Empowering students to tell their stories
Along with the many disadvantages of online media, one advantage stands out: anyone can be a creator. The tools to show what you know and do are in our hands, quite literally, but how do we make the post of them while navigating the hazards of life online?
S1 E6 What does it mean to think critically?
According to a recent McKinsey survey, ‘critical thinking’ is one of the key foundational skills that are needed in the future world of work. But is it an easily taught skill or is it an attitude? We look at the how we equip students with critical thinking skills to navigate the many forms of media they encounter.
S1 E7 Media literacies in schools
In this capstone episode, we talk to Lauren Sayer, Executive Director Research and Innovation at Melbourne Girls' Grammar School about her experience of media literacies in the classroom.