29 November 2017

News and Media Literacy


If digital literacy hasn't been a burning issue to focus on in classrooms, it certainly has become one now. In particular, the skill to reflect critically on news and media.  Here are some resources for educators to use in classrooms. 

Games for Change  offers a wide selection of games, ranging from human rights to fitness. For this post though, it is Fake It to Make It,
that called my attention. Why? With "fake news" being dealt with on a regular daily basis, Fake It To Make It  is an appealing simulation to raise awareness of how misinformation can so easily be taken for reality. 

"Fake It To Make It is a simulation-style game where players take on the role of someone creating and distributing fake news for profit. Players learn how misinformation is created, spread, and emotionally targeted, and leave better prepared to be skeptical of misinformation that they encounter in the future."

Another great resource to deal with this topic, is Nik Peachey's Writing & Discussion Activities to Promote Awareness of Fake News.

Earlier this year Doug Belshaw also put together a Fake News and Digital Literacies: some resources, which is of interest to educators and higher level students.

And can you really tell what is fake news or not?

Factitious is a free game which tests your news sense - go on! Test yourself then share with your learners and observe how well - or not - they know how to tell the difference between fake and real news.

Common Sense Education  also has some great resources for raising awareness about news such as a backgrounder on misinformation and a long suggestion of resources on Media, News and Information Literacy for students   .  You can also consider using or adapting suggested Lesson plans  . Facts-vs-Opinion" is an example of a shared lesson plans. 

What other resources for news and media literacy have you found of interest?

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Further Suggestions:

Making Media Literacy Central to Digital Citizenship

Teaching Current Events in the Age of Social Media

Post-truth teaching: coming to a lecture theatre near you?
Open University report looks at key trends in teaching and learning - Published 7th December 2017

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