Dr. Alec Couros
Part I: Digital Literacy
Chapter 1- Defining Digital Literacy
Chapter 2- Living in the Digital World
Chapter 3- How Does the Internet Work, Anyway?
Chapter 4- How Search Engines Work
Chapter 5- Social Media
Chapter 6- Targeted Online Advertising
Chapter 7- Privacy in the Digital Age
Chapter 8- Laws in the Digital Classroom
Part II: Media Literacy
Chapter 9- Defining Media Literacy
Chapter 10- Analyzing Sources
Chapter 11- Deconstructing Images
Chapter 12- Fake News in the Digital Age
Chapter 13- Free Speech in the Digital Age
Appendix- Sample Lessons
About the Author
This work offers general and practical applications for digital and media literacy for educators in K-12 settings. Part 1 ("Digital Literacy") discusses how search engines work, the use of social media, online advertising, user privacy, and legal issues. Within this section, the chapter on social media describes top social media sites used by young people, including a list of common social media abbreviations and terms, and considers the impact that social media can have on young people's mental health. The chapter on online advertising then details how viewers respond to clickbait and how their data is collected, which is followed by a discussion of student privacy and what happens with user information. Part 2 ("Media Literacy") analyzes the veracity of online information, manipulated images, how to detect fabricated news stories, and issues relating to the First Amendment and free speech. Text boxes in each section provide helpful resources for teachers, and detailed lessons located in the appendix provide background information for educators teaching new types of literacies in their classes. This volume covers social media, privacy, and legal issues in greater depth than the MLA Guide to Digital Literacy (CH, Jun'20, xx-xxxx). Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels.
Digital and Media Literacy in the Age of the Internet is an excellent resource for teachers at all levels to think about and apply effective technology use in the classroom. Providing sample plans and free resources, Hertz’s works to break through the noisy, confusing literacy advice out there today. Whether teaching at the primary, secondary, or collegiate level, Digital and Media Literacy in the Age of the Internet could help readers at all levels of digital expertise create or expand literacy education efforts. As Hertz writes, “Educators play an important role in modeling and guiding young people toward responsible and thoughtful use and consumption of digital technologies so that they can be leaders in creating the best version of the future we can imagine.”Hertz’s Digital and Media Literacy in the Age of the Internetprovides the blueprint for building this visionary future in classrooms across America.