8 October 2019

News Literacy, Beliefs and Practices

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Days pass by in a torrent of streams of information telling me 
how to be more successful, 
how to be happier, 
to travel more, 
to travel less, 
to believe so and so, 
to distrust him and her, 
to be thinner, taller, younger,
more ambitious, 
to sleep more, 
to sleep less,
what to eat, 
what to dress, 
what to believe. 

Until drained by so much "advice", I seek refuge, away from the digital world. 

Seeking refuge from the digital world is only temporary; the 24 news cycle and marketing in various forms and formats follows one everywhere. Besides, how would I honestly live without the digital?

Which brings me to news literacy and learners - how to distinguish what is real and what is fake? What is real information and what is misinformation?

Dynamic Landscapes has list of resources which can be used for lessons, including a page of activities  which can be tailored to different levels of instruction and classes. 

You can also find resources for change and the need to read critically. 

Common Sense Media is a great source for lesson plans and ideas, and How to Spot Fake News (and Teach Kids to Be Media-Savvy) is another example of this exceptional resource for educators.

Another great lesson  also by Common Sense Media, is Real Fake News: Exploring Actual Examples of Newspaper Bias,
which as the title says, reflects on examples and the ethics of journalism (recommended for Grades 10-12), but can even be tailored for college students.

Depending on the age and level of your students, The 8 Best Fact-Checking Sites for Finding Unbiased Truth is an interesting source for them to research a news topic. Students can work in small groups and then present their findings to the whole class, recommending - or not - a certain fact checking site. Their final views can also be shared on a Padlet where the whole class participates with their findings and recommendations.

If an athlete participates in a race or sporting event, then he/she will definitely practice beforehand in order to perform at their best. By giving students time to work and discuss together in a safe environment, to challenge their beliefs and preconceptions (at times) their confidence in reading news and different media develops.

News, marketing, truths, non-truths.

How do you guide learners through this maze?

Further Suggestions

Fake It, Make It or Break It? - A Question of News Literacy

News and Media Literacy

Literacy - The News

Media Literacy and News in English

For Young People, News Is Mobile, Social, and Hard to Trust, Studies Find

How to Combat Fake News Online? Bring Reddit (and Other Online Forums) Into the Classroom.

What fake news is doing to digital literacy

Can digital literacy be deconstructed into learnable units?

Are we living in a post-truth era? Yes, but that’s because we’re a post-truth species.

The 8 Best Fact-Checking Sites for Finding Unbiased Truth


The camouflaged self was simply too beautiful not to include it in this blog post. Created by Cecilia Paredes, these are wonderful example of camouflaged self-portraits.

Camouflaged Self-Portraits Conceal Photographer Cecilia Paredes Against Bright Floral Patterns

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