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The National Association for Media Literacy Education’s
Journal of Media Literacy Education 2:3 (2011) 246 - 247

Professional Resource:

An Introduction to Media Literacy (2008)
Mary Fuchs

Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, USA

An Introduction to Media Literacy.
By Lori Moses.
Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 2008.
248 pp. ISBN 978-0-7575-5532-9.

Students across the country are being introduced
to technology at a younger age in both informal and
formal settings. School districts (that can afford
to) are equipping elementary school students with
iPads, Kindles, and other new digital tools to replace
textbooks or lessons otherwise completed with pen
and paper (New York Times, Jan. 4, 2011). As these
students use more technology in their daily lives there
is an increased need for media literacy education at
both the primary and secondary school levels. Within
schools this need begins with teachers who are charged
with the responsibility to master different technologies,
implement them in curricula, and keep abreast of their
students’ technological capabilities.

The question remains, however, how can
teachers best learn to use these technologies? There is
still a dearth of textbooks — both paper-based and digital — that are designed to help pre-service or continuing
education teacher professionals become technologically
proficient. Lori Moses’s An Introduction to Media
Literacy is a great start for helping such teachers.

Moses clearly and articulately organizes th...

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