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As devices flood schools, some want to do more to teach children – and teachers – media literacy.
Kids are bombarded with information from digital media around the clock.
“Screens wake us up in the morning. They send us off to school,” says Linda Kennedy, a former Seattle television journalist who now offers media literacy education. “They sneak in a bit of fun when the teacher isn’t looking. They welcome us back home, join us for supper, entertain us in the evening and send us off to bed.”
Schools have embraced the promise of electronic devices to open new windows on the world for students. Preschoolers are using iPads, and some school districts are working toward what’s known as a 1:1 policy — ensuring there’s a laptop, netbook or tablet in the hands of every student.