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The theme of this year’s Media Literacy Week, “What’s Being Sold: Helping Kids Make Sense of Marketing Messages” is one I personally feel strongly about. After all, I’ve spent my entire career working in all aspects of marketing and communications. At the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), I’m responsible for the department filled with people who are experts in advertising and communications, social media and public relations.
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Recently, I blogged about why educators should incorporate social media into their classrooms in my post, “Social Media in the Classroom”. But how can educators incorporate these tools into daily classroom activities? It’s simple!
This tutorial aims to teach students essential digital literacy skills through simulating their favourite online experiences. The tutorial is divided into four chapters, each of which focuses on a particular aspect of digital literacy: researching and authenticating online information, managing privacy and reputation, dealing with online relationships and using digital media in an ethical manner.
This interactive tutorial teaches students the critical thinking skills they need to apply to their online experiences, including online safety, authenticating online information, recognizing online marketing ploys, protecting their privacy, managing online relationships and dealing with cyberbullying.
Level: Grades 7 to 8
Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts
This lesson was made possible with financial support from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.