A combination of "tool competence" and cognitive skills are needed.
Media Literacy Smartphone
Help students learn to ask questions about what they read, see, watch and listen to.
Our classic media literacy remote control has morphed into a smartphone! And now these easy-to-use cards are available to educators for classroom use.
You can use these simple paper cards to introduce a structured approach that helps students learn to critically analyze any media text --- web sites, books, advertising, news, TV shows, movies, video games, magazines and music. One side of the smartphone displays the various "apps" for analyzing a media text and the other side displays the "five critical questions" of media literacy developed by Renee Hobbs.
Classroom sets are available for purchase below. Price includes shipping and handling.
You can now purchase Media Literacy Smartphones in a number of languages, including English, Portuguese, Croatian, Romanian, Dutch, Polish and more. Indicate your language preference on the form.
THE STORY OF THE REMOTE CONTROL
The media literacy remote control was created in 1993 when Renee Hobbs wanted to help her own students internalize the practice of "asking critical questions about what you read, watch, see and read." She created a sturdy and colorful paper card that uses a visual metaphor to introduce media literacy.
Using the remote control proved to be a fun and engaging activity for learners of all ages: by structuring the practice of critical analysis of media texts, it helps students learn.
Over the years, thousands of educators, students and their families have used the media literacy remote control to learn how to ask critical questions about what we watch, see and read. Watch the video to learn how it works.
Learn more about how the new media literacy smartphone helps adults understand the pedagogical principles of media literacy.