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Truthiness and fake news are not new phenomena, but educators are often surprised when their students offer naive evaluations of what they read and see online. According to a study done by the Stanford History Education Group in 2015-16, middle, high school, and even college students are "easily duped" and struggle with determining the credibility of information on the Internet.
This collection shares resources designed to inspire students to think critically about the complex messages we receive constantly, through various media. Included find articles, videos, protocols and hands-on activities that offer students the opportunity to analyze and discuss news and "news-y" messages. Practice discerning messages, authorship and bias is necessary for all astute consumers of digital media. Most of the resources are for middle and high school students.
Between January 2015 and June 2016, the Stanford History Education Group has prototyped, field tested, and validated a bank of assessments that tap civic online reasoning—the ability to judge the credibility of information that floods young people’s smartphones, tablets, and computers. This document provides an overview of what they learned and outlines paths their future work might take. Also provided are samples of the assessments of civic online reasoning.
This resource is designed to help teachers coach digital natives through digital naïveté. Inside find tools, strategies and a lesson plan to increase students' media literacy skills. Created by the Learning Blog of the New York Times.
NewseumEd provides free resources to help students authenticate, analyze and evaluate information from a variety of sources and provides historical context to current events. This page of their site offers a searchable database of lesson plans, artifacts, and case studies that invite students to evaluate news items, and learn more about how news is created and shared.
The Newseum is an interactive museum headquartered in Washington, D.C., which promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.
Mary Owen from the News Literacy Project explains why digital photos posted online need to be checked, and shares some easy-to-use tips and tools for verifying them. This video (6 min.) is hosted by YouTube.
CRAAP is an acronym for currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and purpose. This popular protocol can be used to help middle and high school students evaluate information. This version is shared by California State University at Chico.
Factcheck.org monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. Educators and students can use this site to verify news.
This Google Doc is filled with tips for analyzing new sources and a list of false, misleading, "clickbait-y" news sources. It is shared by Melissa Zimdars, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media at Merrimack College.
The AllSides dictionary presents important words in the American political vocabulary with their different socio-political interpretations, mapping a range of perspectives, meanings and feelings associated with those words. Recommended for classroom debates and crafting written arguments.
In this short (2 min.) video, Ryan Holiday reveals his trade secrets for getting false, anonymous stories to the main page of major news outlets. Ryan is the author of Trust Me, I'm Lying and a self-proclaimed "media manipulator." This video is hosted by YouTube.
This current events analysis scaffold is a template to use with students as they analyze a news source. Embedded in this blog post also find tips to guide students through the process of creating annotations for their sources. This resource is shared by Dr. Joyce Valenza, Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner.
A six-lesson unit on contemporary propaganda, designed for upper middle and high school students. The lessons are designed to help students understand the many definitions of propaganda, propaganda techniques, the contexts in which propaganda thrives, virality and its role in the dissemination of contemporary propaganda. Shared by the Media Education Lab.
The Mind over Media website is designed to help build critical thinking and communication skills, and promote dialogue and discussion about what constitutes contemporary propaganda, and how it may have positive, benign or negative impact on individuals and society. This crowd-sourced educational website contains examples of contemporary propaganda on a wide range of social, political, economic and environmental topics. This particular page invites commentary on contemporary propaganda. By Media Education Lab.