New Mexico teachers embrace media literacy lessons | Education | santafenewmexican.com

New Mexico teachers embrace media literacy lessons | Education | santafenewmexican.com

When the pandemic first hit and Dulce Independent Schools in far Northern New Mexico went remote in March 2020, "it was survival mode," recalls Mallory Merritt, a middle school language arts and social studies teacher. "All curriculum and lesson plans went out the window," she added. But amid the confusion, and students' skyrocketing use of social media during pandemic lockdowns, Merritt created a unit on the topic of media literacy — roughly defined as the ability to analyze, access and create using all forms of communication. Through the unit, Merritt's students spent the initial stages of remote classes learning to use the digital platforms they'd need for online school, such as Microsoft Teams and Google Classrooms. They also were introduced to deeper themes — even learning about historic psychological experiments …
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