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Authentication 101: Fact Checking
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In this lesson, students consider the different factors that make online sources reliable or unreliable. They then learn quick steps they can take to gauge an online source’s reliability and practice these steps by playing an interactive online game. Finally, students create a media product to teach other students how to do one of the tactics they’ve learned.

Subject:
Communication Media
English Language Arts
Communication Studies
Media Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
MediaSmarts
Date Added:
03/22/2019
Digital Citizenship Guide for Parents
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"Being a parent has never been easy, but it can be even more challenging once your kids are using the internet. Even if you're not up on the latest technologies and platforms, though, you have an important role — maybe the most important — in your kids' online lives. This guide will prepare you for the conversations you need to have with kids when they first start using digital devices, as they grow and their online activities change, and when things go wrong.
The guide is divided into three sections that each deal with a different aspect of digital citizenship, to teach your kids to Respect People's Feelings, to Respect Privacy and to Respect Property online."

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
MediaSmarts
Media Smarts
Public Safety Canada
Date Added:
03/13/2020
MediaSmarts Canada's Centre for Digital & Media Literacy
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MediaSmarts has been developing digital and media literacy programs and resources for Canadian homes, schools and communities since 1996. Through our work we support adults with information and tools so they can help children and teens develop the critical thinking skills they need for interacting with the media they love.

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Reality Check: The Game

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Computer Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
MediaSmarts
Date Added:
01/07/2019
Reality Check: Authentication and Citizenship
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In this lesson, students consider the ways in which misinformation can have an impact on history and politics. After discussing a number of historical examples of misinformation, they examine the ways in which news sources may be biased and use an interactive online game to practice skills in getting more context on a story. Finally, students read a current news story and use what they have learned to find the context they need to understand it.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
MediaSmarts
Date Added:
03/22/2019
Reality Check: Getting the Goods on Science and Health
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In this lesson, students start by considering the wide range of science and health information they are likely to encounter in news or through social media. They read an article on a scientific topic to help them understand the particular challenges of verifying science and health information and then use an educational computer game to practice skills in critically reading health and science stories. Finally, students compile a list of reliable sources they can turn to for verifying health and science stories.

Subject:
Communication Media
English Language Arts
Media Studies
Science
Biology
Health Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
MediaSmarts
Date Added:
03/22/2019
Reality Check: News You Can Use
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In this lesson, students consider the meanings of the term “fake news” and learn facts about the news industry that will help them recognize legitimate sources of news. They use an educational computer game to learn how to track a news story to its original source before evaluating its reliability, then practice the same skills “in the wild” with actual news stories.

Subject:
Communication Media
English Language Arts
Media Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
MediaSmarts
Date Added:
03/22/2019
Reality Check: We Are All Broadcasters
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In this lesson, students consider the ways in which our own biases can prevent us from being objective. They then learn ways to recognize and account for our biases and practice these by playing an interactive online game. Finally, students learn about how public service campaigns can change social norms and create their own PSA to promote ethical sharing of online information.

Subject:
Communication Media
English Language Arts
Communication Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
MediaSmarts
Date Added:
03/22/2019