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Media Literacy

When people think of literacy, they often associate it with the ability to read and write. However, literacy is much more than that. Being literate means that a person is able to absorb and analyze information and then use that knowledge to form their own opinions. Media literacy takes these skills and applies them to all the different types of media that constantly bombard us in our connected, digital society. Though fake news is not a new thing, the interconnectedness of today’s society has made it a much more prevalent issue. It is the responsibility of educators and parents to ensure that the children growing up in this digital society have the skills and knowledge to assess information and identify the fact from the fiction. The following resources, articles, and tools are provided to help educators and parents prepare their students, regardless of age, to critically analyze all different forms of media in order to create their own informed opinions.

Video from TED-Ed - How false news can spread Awesome video from Ted-Ed explaining how false news spreads. Includes a quiz and additional resources.
BrainPOP - Media Literacy This resource includes lots of great content for elementary school teachers to help students understand what media literacy.
Crash Course - Media Literacy Crash Course was created by John Green and his brother to help students learn in a more fun and interesting way. There are series for many different subject areas. This series focuses on media literacy and is an awesome resource for high school teachers.
Common Sense Education - News and Media Literacy The folks at Common Sense Media have put together a toolkit for educators to help students think critically about the media. It features lesson plans, activities, videos and other teaching resources for educators from K-12.
Edutopia - Media Literacy Find and share resources to help students learn to analyze, evaluate, and communicate in a world with countless media sources and constant access to powerful computers on Edutopia's blog. This will take you to the latest articles published by Edutopia about media literacy.
LibGuide - Fake News The librarians at Indiana University East have put together this great LibGuide on fake news.
Worksheet - WWWDOT Use this worksheet to help students evaluate a possible source. WWWDOT in an acronym for the factors to consider when evaluating a website as a possible source of information created by the University of Michigan School of Education.
Game - Bad News Built in collaboration with the University of Cambridge. This game lets players step into the shoes of a fake news producer. Drop all pretense of ethics and choose the path that builds your persona as an unscrupulous media magnate. Your task is to get as many followers as you can while slowly building up fake credibility as a news site.
News Literacy Project The News Literacy Project is a nonpartisan national educational program that aims at teaching middle and high school students how to read and evaluate news stories.
National Association for Media Literacy Education Expanding & Inspiring the Practice of MLE in the USA
The Trust Project The Trust Project is working with top news organizations to create transparency standards to help readers assess the quality of journalism.
The LAMP The LAMP aims to bring 21st-century survival skills to youth, parents, and educators by preparing them to comprehend, create and critique media and technology. An excellent resource for educators of high school students.
IFLA - How To Spot Fake News A great infographic from the International Federation of Library Associations on spotting fake news, available in many different languages.
Newsela Article - To pick out real news from fake, be skeptical A news article from Newsela great for elementary school teachers. This article helps students learn what to look for in order to evaluate news and web resources. Note: You may need to register for a free Newsela account to access this article.
Edutopia Article - Teaching Students How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information Use these strategies to help middle and high school students identify relevance, accuracy, bias, and reliability in the content they read.
NPR's All Tech Considered Article - Fake News Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts Experts offer tips to help you sniff out fact from fake. This article would be great for high school educators and provides some excellent links within the article.
NPR Ed Article - Learning To Spot Fake News: Start With A Gut Check A new approach seeks to equip university students with the tools of fact-checkers.
NYT Article - Evaluating Sources in a Post-Truth World Practical activities and questions to help students navigate a media landscape in which it is increasingly difficult to tell what’s real and what’s not from The New York Times
Knowledge Quest Article - Empowering Learners with Digital and Media Literacy Great Article from Knowledge Quest about empowering students with lots of tips for educators.
Fighting Fake News An article from American Libraries Magazine: How libraries can lead the way on media literacy.
Fighting Fake News: Because We All Deserve the Truth An article from YALS (Young Adult Library Services).
Elevate Your News Evaluation An article from the College & Research Libraries News, property of the American Library Association.
Preparing Informed Citizens An article from the California School Library Association.
Using Media Literacy to Combat Youth Extremism An interesting article from the Young Adult Library Services about the role media literacy can play in increasing student empathy and reducing youth extremism.
Focus on the Facts A news and information literacy instructional program


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