Media Skills Integrated into Core Standards

A draft of K-12 standards put forth by the National Governor’s Association, as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), integrates media skills as a key design consideration of these standards. The draft points to the importance of these skills:

To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, report on, and create a high volume and extensive range of print and nonprint texts in media forms old and new. The need to research and to consume and produce media is embedded into every element of today’s curriculum; in like fashion, the associated skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated in a separate section.

It is interesting to note that they consider these skills so fundamental that they integrate them throughout the standards and do not relegate them to a special section.

The draft also describes the behaviors of current college students to anticipate what skills K-12 students will need to succeed in the future. The draft states that college students “use technology and digital media strategically and capably.” More specifically, the draft reports that

Students employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use. They tailor their searches online to acquire useful information efficiently, and they integrate what they learn using technology with what they learn offline. They are familiar with the strengths and limitations of various technological tools and mediums and can select and use those best suited to their communication goals.

They even stress the importance of these skills in the K-5 section of their standards. They say that students in this range should be able to “Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding.”

You can get to the draft of the report from the Core Standards site or go directly to the pdf of the report.

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