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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.

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  • Getting Fast Thinkers to Slow Down

    Talking students through how the brain works—its shortcuts and tendency to draw incorrect conclusions based on limited information—can help them study and learn better.
    Paige Tutt
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  • Using Infographics to Build Media Literacy and Higher-Order Thinking Skills

    Teaching infographic literacy involves asking students to flex their critical thinking skills—and their creative muscles.
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  • 8 Tips to Help Students Evaluate Websites

    When students learn the tools for assessing a website’s authenticity, they gain valuable critical thinking and media literacy skills.
  • A Teacher’s Guide to Copyright and Fair Use

    There are rules when it comes to using copyrighted material in the classroom—and easy ways to make sure you’re always in the clear.
    4.2k
  • What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship

    Ideas on how to guide students to the knowledge and experience they need to act responsibly online.
    11.4k
  • What Fact-Checkers Know About Media Literacy—and Students Should, Too

    Professional fact-checkers use a strategy that’s at odds with how we usually teach information literacy. Here’s how to pass it on to your students.
    1.2k
  • Teaching Students to Evaluate Websites

    A few pointers on how to guide middle and high school students to determine whether a website offers accurate information.
    1.5k
  • Preparing Social Studies Students to Think Critically in the Modern World

    Vetting primary resources isn’t easy—but doing it well is crucial for fostering engagement and deeper learning in a rapidly changing world.
    4.5k
  • Teaching Adolescents 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.
    7.2k
  • An Engaging Word Game Helps Students Grasp Implicit Bias

    A simple fill-in-the-blank exercise helped students understand the power of words and the way they might convey unspoken beliefs.
    4.1k
  • 5 Reasons to Actually Encourage Students to Use Wikipedia

    Despite its drawbacks, the online encyclopedia has value, particularly for those just getting started with research.
    1.3k
  • Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

    Visual literacy explicitly teaches a collection of competencies that will help students think through, think about, and think with pictures.
    8.2k
  • How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

    A lesson plan for helping students as young as kindergarten begin to understand how to be safe online.
    4.7k
  • Helping Students Find the Truth in Social Media

    Middle and high school students love interacting with social media, but how can they know if what they’re seeing and sharing is accurate?
    714
  • Teaching Students How to Use Wikipedia Wisely

    Understanding how the online encyclopedia functions helps students learn how to conduct research and distinguish fact from fiction.
    2.7k

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