July 10, 2022
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Media Literacy Resources
Media literacy education is about helping students become competent, critical, and literate in all media forms so that they can appropriately interpret what they see or hear rather than taking what they are told at face value. Investigate the resources shared this week and learn how to use them in your educational setting.
OK2Ask: Facts Are Facts...Aren't They?
Do your digital natives suffer from "digital naivety"? Watch this archived OK2Ask virtual workshop to learn strategies that promote critical examination of online resources and to help you plan activities that allow students to practice these skills.
Fake News - Real News vs. Fake News
This helpful guide suggests tips on how to stay alert and recognize fake news. Scroll down and share the colorful charts and infographics with your students as you discuss media literacy, then challenge your students to find examples of misinformation.
Believe It or Not?
NewseumED has created these valuable lessons, discussion questions, and news articles to help students understand what media literacy is and how to tell the difference between good and bad information. Skim the resources to find activities for your class.
Empower your students to find and deal with disinformation and misinformation with this news media literacy game. Have collaborative groups work through the challenges, and don't miss the free lesson plans and extension packet for teachers.
RADCAB - Steps for Online Information Evaluation
Educate your students about RADCAB: relevancy, appropriateness, detail, currency, authority, and bias. Click each word to learn more information, then assign cooperative learning groups to find and share examples of unreliable sources.
K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum
This free site offers information on teaching digital citizenship to students. Create an account to access a curriculum that includes lesson plans, media, and student materials and covers topics like media literacy, wellbeing, media balance, and more.
Advertising All Around Us
Fifth and sixth grade teachers can take advantage of this unique lesson highlighting the different techniques used by advertisers and the impact it has on students' daily lives. Extend learning by having students create related media projects.
This archive spans from 1896 to 1978 and includes fan magazines and print media related to radio, television, film broadcasts, theatre, and vaudeville. Have students look for (and assess the quality of) advertisements from the past.
Encourage your students' understanding of media literacy and critical thinking skills on this site with articles related to television, the internet, and gender issues. Enhance learning by having students create posters of examples they found on TV.
Teaching Digital Citizenship
Start planning your standards-based lessons about digital citizenship for grades 4–8 using this site that covers topics like privacy, media literacy, cyberbullying, copyright, and information literacy. Integrate these lessons into your core subjects.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Join us for free virtual workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6 PM ET. Take time to learn about the programs offered by Engineer for a Week, including their next introductory webinar on Monday, July 11. We are also sharing a blog post related to media literacy and kindly ask for your input in our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 7/12, 6 PM ET
OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Canva
Join us for this session to learn the primary uses of Canva. Students can create posters, social posts, videos, and presentations, demonstrating their knowledge and construction skills. Plan to use Canva in your instructional setting.
Explore three different ways to use Canva in the classroom »
Wednesday, 7/13, 6 PM ET
OK2Ask: Fostering Accountability: Media Literacy in the Classroom
In this virtual workshop, you’ll explore media literacy resources and learn to use the five key questions of media literacy when planning lessons. Join us to learn more about this information age survival skill.
Understand the importance of teaching media literacy in the classroom »
Attend a training webinar Monday, 7/11
Engineer for the Week
Engineer for the Week offers three engaging projects that introduce engineering and STEM to students ages 11–18. The site offers free training workshops a few times per month. Visit the Facilitator page to register for the next webinar this Monday.
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Why You Should Be Teaching Media Literacy in Your Classroom
Read this blog post to learn ways to incorporate media literacy throughout your curriculum as a regular part of everyday activities rather than as miscellaneous lessons. Discover the many benefits of teaching media literacy to your students.
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks, “How do you usually teach your students about media literacy?” Share your choice and view the responses of other educators once you click submit.
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