Learning Literacy and Combatting Fake News
Type of technology: Fake News Website (The News Literacy Project)
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: Upper Elementary, Secondary
Subject area: All
Cost: Freemium (Free & Premium) Teachers can register to use the Premium version at no charge through the end of the 2016-17 school year!
Description: The News Literacy Project has created a virtual classroom with digital curriculum called checkology,™ an innovative space where students discover how to effectively navigate today’s challenging information landscape by mastering the core skills and concepts of news literacy. This is a great resource for teaching students how to evaluate and distinguish between real and fake news.
- It is geared towards grades 6-12 and has 4 modules: Filtering News and Information, Exercising Civic Freedoms, Navigating Today’s Information Landscape, and How to Know What to Believe. Each module has 3 core interactive lessons and a Student Challenge. You don’t have to follow modules or lessons sequentially. The first module starts with an introductory video: Introduction to the checkology virtual classroom.
- A teacher needs to create an account (and will have to request an access code for premium access) and then can add students individually or upload a .csv file of an entire class with the following information: first name, last name, email and password.
- Students can work at their own pace, earn points and badges in recognition of their engagement and their application of new skills. A discussion wall offers them a place to reflect on key questions, share and comment on the news and information they encounter daily, and post examples of their work.
- Teachers have access to formative assessments, remediation, and detailed teacher’s guides.
Given the current issues with fake news and photoshopped images, the skill of telling fact from fiction is a necessary skill for our students. In addition to helping students discern what is truth and what is not, this website builds upon their literacy skills.