Media and Information Literacy

The virtual interconnected world of today demands one, to have multiple links, to reach out to other essential parts of our own ocean. We are in the middle of the ocean of information. To swim through to the safer part is the most important responsibility ahead. The safer part is not a dry place. It is still in the ocean.

But the fact is the ocean of information possesses all the nourishment and bonus we live for. Driven by its love and terror, the dwellers benefit from it and succumb to it, respectively. Therefore the education and literacy in media and information becomes the undeniable field of study and concern to the dwellers like us. Concern because we lack the tools and skills to survive in, and extract benefits from, the web/internet/media. The main skill we need, to analyze the media and media messages, is critical thinking.

The vital parts of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) are:

      (1) The skills and tools to enable access to the World Wide Web;

(2) The skills and techniques to create and communicate through media;

(3) The skill of critical thinking: (analyzing/decoding messages; checking credibility of sources, etc)

What is Media Literacy?
Simply put, media literacy is a combination of skills, knowledge, and attitudes that best enable an individual to search, select, analyze, and communicate in various forms of media.  
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BCMD
It includes the abilities to judge the credibility of information, to express one’s views, and to consume media mindfully. -
BCMD

With these ideas as basis, the school runs a Media Literacy club-yML, currently coordinated by Shanti Ram Pakwal
(School MIL focal person), towards achieving the following objectives;

1-      To use creative thinking in the classroom teaching in the form of Constructivists Decoding of media & media product.

2-      To create awareness in teachers and students about the importance and negative impacts of media on one’s life.

3-      To use media and media messages to our advantage and for the benefit of our society.

4-   To be a Critical Consumer in the media filled world.

Some of the activities:

1-      Mass briefing and presentation to the students.

2-      Maintain a MIL information board.                  

3-      Conduct Professional Development Program for staff.

4-      Briefing parents during the SPEA program.

            5-   Others (Banner, literary activities, etc)

            6-   Introducing Media literacy Club members into Social media.

For more information

Bhutan Center forMedia & Democracy (BCMD)

Department ofInformation & Media (DoIM)

Project Look Sharp,Ithaca College, USA.

Humber College,Toronto, Canada.

Bhutan InternetLiteracy (Facebook group)

University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada.