Media Literacy

This collection has resources to help you learn how to effectively use media, spot bias, identify fake news, and become a good consumer of information. 

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Animating Media Literacy
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We know that the everyday lives of our students are inundated with media. This often-overwhelming menu of media-rich entrées gets served up at a rate that seems to value overconsumption more than proper and meaningful digestion. As educators, we may be left wondering, how do we beef up (or tofu up , if you prefer) our students’ appetites for media-literacy so that they can skillfully navigate our ever-changing, media-saturated landscape?

Subject:
Arts Education
Visual Arts
Education
English Language Arts
Communication Studies
Creative Writing
Media Studies
Social Studies
Psychology
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
National Film Board Of Canada
Date Added:
11/22/2020
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
CTRL-F: Find the Facts — Digital Media Literacy
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Students face an overwhelming online information environment that is increasingly polluted with false and misleading information, spin, and dubious expertise.

CTRL-F: Find the Facts is a contemporary digital media literacy program from CIVIX that helps students learn to evaluate online sources and claims to determine what to trust, using evidence-based ‘lateral reading’ strategies.

Learning is anchored by short expert-led videos and interactive practice examples drawn from a range of platforms, supported by lesson plans, slide decks, and worksheets. The resources are free with registration, designed for grades 7 to 12, and available in English and French. For more information, visit ctrl-f.ca.

Subject:
Education
Communication Studies
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson
Module
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
CIVIX
Date Added:
09/13/2022
The Dark(er) Side of Media: Crash Course Media Literacy #10
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Propaganda! Misinformation! Disinformation! Today we’re talking about the dark – or, shall we say, darkER – side of media. Understanding these media bogeymen is essential to being a more media literate citizen.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Media Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Crashcourse
Date Added:
02/06/2019
Digital Driver's Licence
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The Digital Licence is an interactive resource that challenges young people to examine their interactions online and to think more critically. Referencing current trends and applications, the resource helps students and educators on their path toward informed digital citizenship.

It features about eight scenarios, tailored by age level, that cover topics including what constitutes copyright violation and how to stay safe online. Each student registers individually and then progresses through background material related to a given scenario, which might include a video or examining a given situation. When a student feels confident she has mastered a topic, she can take a "prove it" quiz that puts her knowledge to the test. A passing score is 80 percent or greater. Scores, answer resets and attempts are logged for educators, who can follow each student's progress in an admin toolbar. Educators can further specify which scenarios will be required to earn a DDL.

At Sun West you can log into this using your Sun West Office 365 credentials.

Subject:
Education
Computer Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Date Added:
12/14/2018
Digital Passport by Common Sense Education
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"Introduce students in grades 3–5 to Digital Passport™ by Common Sense Education. The award-winning suite of six interactive games addresses key issues kids face in today's digital world. Each engaging game teaches critical digital citizenship skills that help students learn to use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate. Games are available in Spanish."

Learn about passwords, online safety, sharing private information online, cyberbullying, how to search and more - all by playing games.

A complete educator guide is available.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Author:
Common Sense Media
Date Added:
12/11/2019
Educational Games - Media and Digital Literacy
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In this section, you can find...
Educational computer games that introduce kids to key ideas in media and digital literacy. These games are a great way to start a conversation on media issues in the home or classroom, and you can play most of them right here on our website.

Subject:
Computer & Digital Technologies
Material Type:
Game
Author:
Media Smarts
Date Added:
06/02/2021
How do we teach students to identify fake news?
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In a “post-truth” era where people are increasingly influenced by their emotions and beliefs over factual information, fact and fiction can be difficult to distinguish, and fake news can spread rapidly through mainstream media sources and social networks. Moreover, fake news is often meant to do harm, by tricking us into believing a lie or unfairly discrediting a person or political movement.

Given this malicious intent, students must learn to approach news and information with a critical eye in order to identify intentionally misleading sources (although recent studies confirm that this is an uphill battle for both adults and young people). Teachers therefore play a crucial role in ensuring that their students develop the skills to decipher the many streams of information available to them.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Dr. Alec Couros
Katia Hildebrandt
Date Added:
01/14/2019
KQED Education - Media Literacy Matters
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"All types of educators are bound to find something of use on KQED Education. Browse the classroom resources for access to high-quality videos, lesson plans, media creation ideas, and other standards-aligned content. Or read stories written and shared by other educators, and get inspiration and ideas for your classroom. Activities focus on creative use and analysis of media. For example, one teacher-created post describes how she used memes to teach media literacy. Another wrote about having students share their culture through media creation. While the site contains a mix of structured plans and ideas, it's easy to find activities that inspire forward-thinking instruction and encourage the development of a 21st century learning environment.

Check out the free professional development (PD) offerings as well: Teachers can earn certification as a PBS Media Literacy Educator by completing eight of the available modules. The site's pages are densely populated with activities, links to more KQED resources, and partner sites, but if you're willing to spend some time looking around, you'll find lots of high-quality materials." (Common Sense Media Review)

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Primary Source
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
KQED
Date Added:
01/22/2020
Kialo - The tool to teach critical thinking and rational debate
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"Use Kialo to help students get to the core of the issues they’re discussing To put their knowledge into action.

To sharpen their critical reasoning skills

To demonstrate their understanding

To engage constructively with each other

Take your classroom discussions online, break down complex subjects for students, and shake it up with new types of assignments."

This education version is free for teachers to use!

Subject:
Higher Education
English Language Arts
Science
Biology
Chemistry
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Kialo
Date Added:
12/10/2019
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.

Resources are available for the following areas:
Crime Portrayal
Sexting
Blogging
Media Literacy 101
Internet & Mobile
Alcohol Marketing
Environment
Visible Minorities
Cyberbullying
Aboriginal People
Resources
Educational Games
Lesson Plans
Licensed Resources
Media Literacy Week
Outcome Charts by Province & Territory
Tip Sheets
Tutorials & Workshops
YouTube Videos
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Doing Good with Social Media
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