Registration is free, and allows you to participate in all the activities facilitated on this website (sign the Charter for Media Literacy, contribute to discussions, and send in news about your own activities)
The mission of the Media Education Lab at Temple University is to expand and improve the practice of media literacy and to conduct research examining the relationship between media, technology, community and education in the lives of children and youth.
Media literacy is defined here as an expanded conceptualization of literacy, one that recognizes the multiplicity of visual, verbal and electronic symbol systems used in contemporary society for communication and self expression. Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media messages for effective communication and self-expression.
We perform three kinds of work:
1. Community outreach, public programs, and educational services targeted to the needs of children, youth and educators in local schools and after-school settings;
2. The development of educational multimedia tools and curriculum resources that support the development of critical thinking and communication skills;
3. Research that examines the educational impact of media literacy programs on the academic skills of children and youth.
Through community and school outreach programs, we provide opportunities for children and youth to strengthen their communication and critical thinking skills through media analysis and media production activities. We provide educational programs, tools, resources, and services for educators, enabling them to better integrate media and technology as tools that promote literacy, critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, creativity, and self expression. We have three full-time staff members, one part-time staff, and 7 - 12 volunteers.