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News & Media Literacy

News & Media Literacy
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Mind Over Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda (URI) This web platform provides an opportunity to explore the subject of contemporary propaganda by hosting thousands of examples of 21st century propaganda from around the world. Users can upload, examine and discuss examples of propaganda from our own daily lives. By examining propaganda, rating its potential impact, and commenting on it, people share their interpretations with others. Lesson plans deepen the learning by offering additional information, structuring discussion activities, and enabling students to demonstrate their learning through multimedia production experiences. Why Propaganda Education Matters During the 20th century, there was plenty of public discourse about propaganda. Today, people might feel overwhelmed by all the media in our lives, which can lead to a "tuning-out" phenomenon where we are exposed to propaganda but do not actively recognize how it is influencing our emotions, attitudes, knowledge and behavior. Lesson Plans 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Learning Outcomes

School Librarians Are Teaching Digital Citizenship April Wathen photo: Jill Springer April Wathen, Kathy Lester, and Steven Yates. As technology and social media play an increasingly big role in the classroom, educators are faced with challenges of teaching students how to use technologies in appropriate ways, and how to be safe and responsible online—the basic tenets of what is known as digital citizenship, a close relative of digital literacy. Fortunately, classroom teachers often have an expert ally to assist them in getting the job done: their school librarian or media specialist. “Digital citizenship and digital literacy—and, in the bigger picture, information literacy—whether it’s print or digital, that is our curriculum,” says Gwenn Marchesano, a middle school librarian in Plymouth, Mich. “That’s what school librarians teach.” When educator Mike Ribble first started writing about digital citizenship in the early 2000s, the term was unfamiliar to many people. Lester is proactive at the start of the school year. Identifying Fake News - Weisst du wie's endet? - Das Dateiendungen-Nachschlagewerk im Internet News and Media Literacy: Building Critical Consumers and Creators | Common Sense Education News and Media Literacy: Building Critical Consumers and Creators Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:00-2:00 pm PDT More and more, young people (and adults) are getting their news online and from social media. There is also the increasingly problematic issue of fake news and the difficulty of determining credible news sources online. In an age of pervasive, fast, and on-demand information, there is a need for educators and parents to teach news and media literacy to kids. In this webinar, Kelly Mendoza, director of learning and engagement for Common Sense Education, leads participants on an exploration of news and media literacy, including the latest research on kids and news, what "fake news" is and how to spot it, and ways teachers can integrate news and media literacy into their curricula. Kelly also debuts the new News- and Media-Literacy Toolkit from Common Sense Education, with resources for educators to help build students' skills in being critical media consumers and creators.

S.O.S. for Information Literacy News Literacy - High School The universe of information we live in is a complicated web of messages with a mind-blowing array of sources, biases, and agendas. Help your students develop the mad news literacy skills they need with the resources in our hot-off-the-press News Literacy unit. Designed for the high school classroom, this unit teaches students to recognize high-standards journalism so they can make informed judgments about the information coming at them. Students get practical skills to help them identify and deal with misinformation, bias, opinion, and more. Each lesson includes a paper activity as well as a web activity (similar to our WebQuests) and an independent web-based activity so your students can get real-world, hands-on practice. Got a 1:1 classroom? This resource was created with support from the Raab Family Foundation.

Critical readers in the (mis)information age | 4C in ELT TYSON SEBURN Did you know that Chicago was the most dangerous city in the US in 2014? I didn’t. I would have thought it was some bigger city, but according to this set of FBI statistics of total murders, I was wrong. But actually, was I? It’s very easy to look at this graph at face value without digging much further into the narrative it presents. As readers, we absorb this information, particularly when it comes from a perceived authority, but do we question it appropriately? Let’s take a closer look at the same information presented in this chart, but with more context. On the right (and “right”) are similar murder stats but put into the context of population. This example of critical reading is fairly benign. Last weekend, I had the pleasure to be invited to Guelph as the plenary speaker for TESL Waterloo-Wellington Conference, a local ELT event at a college about an hour outside Toronto. Is this phenomenon (of fake news, etc) a new thing? Look at this image from Snow White. Water. Highlight video

“Calling BS”: Watch Lectures for the College Course Designed to Combat the Bullshit in our Information Age This past January, we highlighted a syllabus for a tentative course called "Calling Bullshit," designed by two professors at the University of Washington, Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West. The course--also sometimes called "Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data"--ended up being offered this spring. And now you can see how it unfolded in the classroom. The 10 video lectures from the class are available online. Watch them above, or at this YouTube playlist. According to The Seattle Times, the course "achieved the academic version of a chart-topping pop single: At the UW [University of Washington], it reached its 160-student capacity shortly after registration opened this spring." The course itself was premised on this basic idea: "Bullshit is everywhere, and we've had enough. A longer overview of the course appears below. The world is awash in bullshit. If you're interested in watching the course, get started with Lecture 1: Introduction to Bullshit. Related Content:

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