Media Literacy Learning in the Digital Age

Creating an informed public capable of community, civic, and democratic engagement starts with educating youth to take responsibility for the content they create, share, and consume. The nonprofit Take Two Media Initiative is dedicated to teaching K–12 learners the media literacy skills they need to become smart digital citizens, through engaging, project-based filmmaking residencies in their schools.

A Take Two Residency can be delivered both remotely and in-person, during the school day and after school. It can be either enrichment or academically focused.  And with Take Two’s “Buy One Give One Program,” low-resourced, deserving schools can receive the residency program for free.

All residencies start with two days of media literacy training customized to complement K–12 units of study by grade and learning objectives. Students learn how to analyze what they watch in order to become smarter digital citizens.

Then they launch into production. For 10 days, Take Two’s teaching artists take over the classroom by guiding students through a project-based learning workshop using Google Classroom and cloud-based editing software to write, shoot, and edit their own films that connect to learning objectives and assessments.

Take Two residencies culminate in a community-wide film festival that empowers students to present their work, foster a constructive dialogue fueled by their newly gained media literacy skills, and showcase their learning.

Students develop “soft skills,” such as research and source analysis, along with “technical skills,” such as video and audio editing—not only preparing them for success later in their academic journeys but also setting them up to thrive in their future careers. 

Students proceed into their educational and professional careers with a new type of literacy, making them confident in their ability to conduct research, distinguish fact from fiction, and responsibly and effectively share informative media.

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