The definition of literacy has evolved in the 21st century. The basic definition of literacy means to be able to read and write. To be successful in today’s digital world, literacy goes far beyond being able to read and write. What it means to be digitally literate has reflected the change in how information is processed, delivered, and received in today’s highly connected world.
Today’s students must do more than memorize facts. Students must understand how to use digital tools to gather facts, interpret, analyze and create meaning, even create new meaning from the information they gather. Becoming truly literate means embracing a new framework of learning that layers core content into a world rich in digital and media literacies that will help students become future ready graduates in a globally collaborative world.
According to The National Association for Media Literacy Education, media literacy is seen to consist of a series of communication competencies, including the ability to ACCESS, ANALYZE, EVALUATE, and COMMUNICATE.
To help our students achieve these goals, our State-of-the-Art Media Center includes:
- Fully Functional TV Studio with green screen and portable tripod.
- Two 3D Printers
- Wide range of books and literature
- Desktop Computers
- Maker Space
- Lego Wall and tables
- Reading Nook
- Alternative seating
- Tables for collaboration
- Robots for coding and programming
Meet the Instructor
Mr. McWilliams has a diverse teaching background in his thirteen years with various schools in the Archdiocese. He has taught many subjects in different Catholic schools in Philadelphia including Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and even the occasional Art class. He arrives here after some time at the Depaul Catholic school in Germantown where he filled the dual roles of Technology and Physical Education Teacher. His life experiences include living overseas in England and Bahrain as his wife performed her duties as a civilian contract negotiator for the US Navy. He is looking forward to shaping the direction of the New Media Center and using his time with students there to supplement their endeavors in other subjects while exploring new tools and developing their talents in technology. His goal is to be a helpful influence on the students as they prepare for their future.