Shauntae Brown White

Keynote topic: 
Developing Media Literacy Skills in the Classroom
“The convergence of media and technology in a global culture is changing the way we learn about the world and challenging the very foundations of education. No longer is it enough to be able to read the printed word; children, youth, and adults, too, need the ability to both critically interpret the powerful images of a multimedia culture and express themselves in multiple media forms.

Media literacy education provides a framework and a pedagogy for the new literacy needed for living, working and citizenship in the 21st century. Moreover it paves the way to mastering the skills required for lifelong learning in a constantly changing world.”  

                    ~~Elizabeth Thoman and Tessa Jolls
                        Center for Media Literacy

Media are powerful and permeate the fabric of our daily lives.  Media shape how we see ourselves, others, society, politics, and the world.   Media Literacy skills provide students with the tools to access, analyze, evaluate and produce multiple types of mediated communication.  This discussion will define what media literacy is, create awareness of the variety of digital tools available for use in the classroom and provide some examples of possible assignments for implementation.

Shauntae Brown White is an associate professor in the Department of English and Mass Communication at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina where she teaches Introduction to Mass Communication, Issues in the Media, Media Law and Ethics and Diversity in the Media.  Dr. White received her B.A. from Howard University in journalism, her M.A. from the University of Alabama in speech communication, and her Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas.  Her research interests and publications primarily focus on African American communication and culture and range from analyzing mediated images of African Americans, to the politics of hair in the African American community, and the negotiated roles of African American pastors’ wives.

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