Crash Course is an educational YouTube channel started by the Green brothers, Hank Green and John Green, who are notable for their VlogBrothers channel. Crash Course has been working with MediaWise, a project from the nonprofit PoynterInstitute for Media Studies, to help students evaluate the accuracy of digital information in a 10-episode series on Navigating Digital Information. The curriculum was developed by the Stanford History Education Group and is based around research on civic online reasoning that the group began in 2015. The 10 episodes are designed to help viewers learn how to interact with the internet the way professional fact-checkers do, and along the way come to understand some of the problems with how information feeds are working, and how they can tack against the prevailing winds of misinformation. “Introduction to Online Information,” the first episode of Crash Course Navigating Digital Information, is available for viewing.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Congress’s passing a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote. NewseumED offers free online resources to explore the history and struggles of the suffrage movement—from artifacts on the Seneca Falls Convention to a video recounting Susan B. Anthony’s arrest for voting to a timeline on major events in the fight for gender equality.
Described and Captioned Media Program’s (DCMP) Read Captions Across America (RCAA) is the first national reading event to put emphasis on the importance of captioned media as a reading tool for all children, not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Thousands of students have participated in this event since its inauguration in 2006. Teachers can order a freeRCAA kit, learn more about how captioning improves literacy, and find great ideas from teachers and parents on the RCAA website.
Educators can also use these captioned media resources from DCMP to celebrate Black History Month (February) and Presidents Day (February 18)—and throughout the year.
Founded in 2008, the News Literacy Project (NLP) helps students and teachers discern fact from fiction in the digital age. In May 2016, the project launched Checkology, an online interactive course that helps students understand and appreciate the role of the press, introduces them to different types of news—from entertainment to opinion to branded content—and teaches them the critical thinking skills they’ll need to spot misinformation.