Media literacy

Explained by students for students

Grit Matthias, Cornell University

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This presentation describes a project from a fifth semester German class, in which students collaboratively created a media literacy tutorial video with German partners in Bielefeld, Germany. The students and I first discussed stereotypes with regard to their positive function and negative consequences. Then students were encouraged to choose one aspect of the Internet that requires media literacy, e.g. privacy, or social movements. Drawing on their newly acquired knowledge of stereotypes and discussions with German partners, the final project consisted of developing and producing a bilingual educational video addressed to their peers, which illustrates some ambivalent aspects of the Internet.

Grit Matthias

Department of German Studies
Cornell University