Courses Focusing on Media Literacy and Civic Engagement
KQED Learning has launched a new online hub with free professional learning courses and resources focused on media literacy and civic engagement in the digital world. The courses include “Media Foundations,” “Podcasting with Youth Radio,” “Making Interactive Comics,” “Visual Storytelling Essentials,” “Making Interactive Maps,” and “Taking Charge of Social Media.”
In this ReadWriteThink lesson, students read or view a literary text, and then identify and discuss examples of propaganda techniques in the text. Students then explore the use of propaganda in popular culture by looking at examples in the media.
PBS affiliate WETA has made available a list of propaganda techniques that make false connections (such as the techniques of “transfer” and “testimonial”), or constitute special appeals (such as “bandwagon” and “fear”), or are types of logical fallacy (for example, “unwarranted extrapolation”).
The Mind Over Media web platform gives students aged 13 and up an opportunity to explore the subject of contemporary propaganda by hosting thousands of examples of 21st-century propaganda from around the world.