Do your students love to take and edit photos to post on Instagram? Are they obsessed with watching (or maybe even becoming!) YouTube celebs? Do you want to help your students learn how to spot a stereotype on a TV show? Or how to identify bias in a news article? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider integrating media literacy education into your lessons.

Digital and media literacy expand traditional literacy to include new forms of reading, writing, and communicating. The National Association for Media Literacy Education defines media...

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  • About the Author:

    Kelly Mendoza is senior director of professional development for Common Sense Education’s programs. She develops multimedia professional development resources, videos, and courses, helping teachers build skills and confidence harnessing technology for learning, teaching digital citizenship, and engaging parents to guide kids in a digital world. Mendoza also helped develop Common Sense’s K-12 Digital Literacy & Citizenship curriculum and iBooks textbooks. Prior to Common Sense, through her work at the Media Education Lab at Temple University, she produced education resources for PBS Frontline (Digital Nation and Growing Up Online), PBS Teachers, and taught undergraduate media studies courses. She is also a Leading Edge Certified Digital Educator (2014). You can follow her on Twitter at @kellymendoza.