Empowering Young Media Consumers Ep1

February 28, 2019
7:00pm Eastern Time
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The world is saturated with information--all types of media, with millions of varying messages. Not only are your students consuming the media, but with new technology, and inexpensive tools, they are also creating content and using media in myriad ways to test their ideas, and tell their stories. With access to these tools, we have the opportunity to empower students so they can be both to be critical consumers of media and authentic storytellers.

Join your peers for the first of a three-part PBS “Live Learning” experience: Empowering Young Media Consumers and Creators. Designed by educators, this virtual professional learning series will introduce a number of teaching models and strategies to enhance your practice. Teaching digital media literacy can be daunting. In the first episode of this three-part series (designed especially for middle and high school teachers), we’ll consider how to tackle misinformation, how to analyse digital media and why it’s important for your students.

Led by PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Leigh Herman this session highlights exciting resources and models that you can immediately implement in your classroom.

Prioritizing fun, engaging and accessible tools for your students, the series will highlight techniques for analyzing media, and amplifying student voice through authentic storytelling. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one-hour virtual professional learning event. The event is recorded, all registrants will receive the recording one week after the event.

Video Descriptions

Empowering Young Media Consumers and Creators Open Card

Why Do Our Brains Love Fake News

Ep 1 Closing Card

60 minutes


  • Leigh Herman

    Leigh Herman currently teaches English and Journalism at The Weber School in Atlanta. She is interested in the future of education and the ways advancements in technology have changed our students' learning needs. In addition to being a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator and a member of the PBS Teachers Advisory Group, Leigh is a Google Certified Educator Level 2 and a Fund for Teachers Fellow. She excited to learn and collaborate with the 2018 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator All-Stars. Fun Fact: Although Leigh loves to use the latest gadgets and apps, she also loves disconnecting and going hiking and camping! Follow Leigh on Twitter, @Ms_Herm.

  • Anonymous YPFF

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  • Laila Hirschfeld

  • Nora Mohamed

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