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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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  • Teaching Students How to Use Wikipedia as a Tool for Research

    Wikipedia has moved far beyond its initial limitations, and is a helpful—and reputable—source for conducting research.
    Mike Caulfield, Sam Wineburg
  • Incorporating Images in the Classroom

    By treating media like text, teachers can create a fast, relevant, and affordable lesson that stimulates lively discussion.
  • Quality Media Literacy Requires More Than Toothless Laws, Educators Say 

    New laws from California to New Jersey are shining a spotlight on media literacy, but educators say teaching the skills in classrooms requires a targeted, intentional approach.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teaching Students the Cyber Safety Basics

    Teachers can share these tips and resources with students in lessons about cyber safety and how to protect their privacy and data online.
  • 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.
  • Teaching Students How to Identify Credible Sources

    Teachers can guide students toward a clear understanding of the factors that make a particular source of information reliable or not.
  • Amplifying Student Voices With Authentic Media-Making Tasks

    Teachers can try these project ideas to have students produce media, which helps boost engagement and learning.
  • 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.
  • Helping Students Hone Their Critical Thinking Skills

    Used consistently, these strategies can help middle and high school teachers guide students to improve much-needed skills.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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