12 October 2018

Literacy - The News

You check your social media feed and news! news! news! abound. Not only updates from friends, family and all the other random/less random connections, but all the shared news of current events around the world. Some may affect you while others probably don't have a direct, apparent connection to your life. 

However, as you tread through this maze of updates and news, which are the ones that you can truly trust? 

In a world saturated with news and the fake news, this is an issue that students often need guidance with. 

The News Literacy Project is a great place to get started. 

Although geared for students between Grades 5 to 12, this is a source for possible lessons in other contexts as well, for example in ELT contexts. 

The News Literacy Project is yet another effort to guide students to think critically while helping them to improve their confidence in recognizing what is indeed fact and what is, regrettably, fake news/fiction.  There are resources for educators, a quiz on news literacy and more to explore. 

Another source which may be of interest for more mature learners, is PolitiFact . PolitiFact  focuses heavily on USA news and politics but does provide an interesting approach to the news with their Truth-O-Meter  and Pants On Fire sections. 

Being digitally capable is not enough. 

Being digitally literate includes a range of skills, including being able to read the news, analyzing facts, and thinking critically. 

Learning changes lives .

Empowering learners to be confident thinkers is an integral part of education. 

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