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Teaching fact vs. fiction when seeing is no longer believing

06/19/2019

Topics: Digital & media literacy, Fake news, Social media

When it comes to media literacy and our collective inability to tell fact from fiction online, there’s a lot of finger-pointing going on.

Take, for…

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Educators need to ensure that our students are equipped with digital citizenship and media literacy skills to help them navigate the digital world.

Teaching #MediaLit and #DigCit? Start with social media

03/12/2019

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It’s no secret that students today spend a lot of time online, and that’s why educators need to ensure that our students are equipped with digital citizenship and media literacy…

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Today's news: Real or fake? [Infographic]

Today's news: Real or fake? [Infographic]

11/02/2017

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At a time when misinformation and fake news spread like wildfire online, the critical need for media literacy education has never been more pronounced. The evidence is in the data:

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Teaching digital literacy in a new era of skepticism

Teaching digital literacy in a new era of skepticism

11/29/2017

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Surfing the web lately can be like stepping through the looking glass, where right is left and up is down. Fabricated news stories are going viral. Elected officials are declaring legitimate news stories fake.

Helping students…

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10 resources to boost student media literacy

10 resources to boost student media literacy

08/02/2018

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Whether it’s recognizing fake news, media bias or just information overload, media literacy has never been more important.

While librarians, media specialists and writing teachers have traditionally taken the lead in teaching research skills and media literacy, it’s…

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Use powerful openers to jumpstart student research projects

Use powerful openers to jumpstart student research projects

04/11/2018

Topics: Literacies

Rebecca Larson is using current event topics, like school safety and gun control, to inspire her student’s argumentative essays. A high school English teacher from Sunset High School in Beaverton, Oregon, she knows that…

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Media literacy starts with SEARCHing the internet

Media literacy starts with SEARCHing the internet

02/28/2018

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Consider the word search within the bigger word research. Many teachers use online searches throughout the day as a regular part of classroom practices, but are we teaching students how to search effectively?

One way to teach this skill is to use the…

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Top 10 sites to help students check their facts

Top 10 sites to help students check their facts

02/01/2019

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In a political climate where sharing fake news has become commonplace, it’s more important than ever to rely on trustworthy and dogged fact-checking services to vet information.

Our job as citizens requires more than just being informed. We must also be vigilant about verifying…

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5 things students should do to stay safe and secure online

5 things students should do to stay safe and secure online

12/27/2017

Topics: Digital Citizenship

As adults, we do everything possible to keep our computers, bank accounts and families safe. Our list of to-do’s continues to grow as our use of digital…

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Use escape rooms to deepen learning

Use escape rooms to deepen learning

10/13/2017

Topics: Gamification

One of the most popular activities for kids’ birthday parties and couples’ nights out, escape rooms also offer a way to instill deep learning.

For the uninitiated, escape room participants are locked in a room and challenged to break out by solving puzzles or completing…

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