Being an informed contributor to America’s democratic practices and principles requires strong media literacy skills. Without them, even the most civic-minded will find it hard to assess and interpret the mass of information out in the world. Jeff Knutson, Common Sense Education Content Strategist and Senior Producer, recognizes how challenging it is for students to negotiate media. In an edWebinar sponsored by Common Sense Education, Knutson outlined ways teachers can support students as they strengthen their media literacy to knowledgeably participate in civic engagement.
edWeb.net is excited to announce that the News Literacy Project will be sponsoring News Literacy, a free professional learning community on edWeb where educators can work together to develop their students’ civic knowledge and critical thinking skills when consuming news and information.
Join this edWebinar to learn about where to find quality resources to teach news and media literacy in your classroom and get tips on facilitating discussions and lessons about the news and current events.
This edWebinar will focus on positive youth development, entertainment media, scientific research, and the impact of media-making on cognitive development.
Join this edWebinar to get a better understanding of the basic concepts of media literacy education and multimodal storytelling and how to use them to engage your students in identity exploration activities that will foster self-awareness, empathy, and critical thinking.
Learn how to teach your students to become knowledgeable, responsible consumers and creators of media in today’s digital world.
In this edWebinar, gain practical strategies and skills for navigating the landscape of fake news and helping students think critically.
In this edWebinar, learn a practical approach to helping students avoid one of the major pitfalls of today’s digital media: falling for fake information.
Twenty years ago it was easier to identify fake news. There were the tabloid papers in the grocery store checkout line and the sensationalized “news” programs that promised inside looks at celebrity lives. Now, between the number of online information sites and the proliferation of social media apps, plus near constant mobile phone use, determining a story’s credibility seems to call for advanced detective skills. In her edWebinar “Fight Fake News: Media Literacy for Students,” Tiffany Whitehead, School Librarian for the Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, says that’s exactly what we need to teach students. While today’s youth may be aware that not everything on the Internet is true, they don’t have the tools to evaluate accuracy and authenticity.
This edWebinar gives an overview of the phenomenon of fake news going viral and tools educators can use to help students develop news literacy skills.