Curriculum Fostering Journalistic Inquiry and Media Learning
The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labsis building the next generation of public media with a digital journalism curriculum, as well as local PBS station mentors and the opportunity to tell important community stories to the world. The program creates educational experiences for middle school and high school students in classrooms and afterschool environments. Students engage in journalistic inquiry, media production, and student-centered learning that build critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, news literacy, and communication skills. In the past, students have tackled such topics as the effects of climate change, the need for diversity in the gaming industry, and the impact and perceptions of misinformation. They have produced STEM stories on how engineering is reshaping people’s lives and how health-care innovators are redefining what it means to be “healthy.” By giving youth a voice and the opportunity to reach millions of people via the PBS NewsHour broadcast and digital platforms, the program inspires youth to speak up and be part of the solution.
MediaWise is a nonprofit, nonpartisan project from the Poynter Institute empowering people of all ages to be more critical consumers of content online. The program teaches young people nationwide key digital literacy skills to spot misinformation and disinformation so they can make decisions based on facts, not fiction.
STEM teacher William Reed from Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep in Chicago has shared a multipart lesson—“Coronavirus: What’s the Real Story?”—in a blog post on the website of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Filament Games has curated several freelearning games in multiple subjects, including life science, media literacy, and women in STEM. For example, the OculusgameBreaking Boundaries in Scienceis a virtual-reality celebration of some of history’s most renowned women in the STEM arena.