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Media Literacy

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  • 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.
    Matt Wilkins
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • 7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills

    If you're concerned that a) elementary school students don't have the ability to code, b) there's no room in the curriculum, and c) you don't possess coding chops to teach programming skills, throw out those worries. Explore these free, or almost free, tools, sites and apps that require no coding background or expertise.
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  • 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.
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  • 5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices

    Every year at Hollywood award shows, we see fantastic movies celebrated for their rich storytelling and dynamic performances. Your students can become moviemakers, too, thanks to some powerful apps for mobile devices. With these tools, your children can take videos and edit their work to make professional quality movies using iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) and Android tablets.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Overcoming Obstacles to Critical Thinking

    The ability to think critically will benefit students throughout their lives. Here are a few tips on how to get started teaching it.
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  • 3 Tips for Managing Phone Use in Class

    Setting cell phone expectations early is key to accessing the learning potential of these devices and minimizing the distraction factor.
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  • 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.
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