Checkology virtual classroom, created in a partnership between the News LiteracyProject and the Facebook Journalism Project, is an immersive online learning hub where students in grades 6–12 can hone their critical thinking skills to become and stay informed. The virtual classroom’s lessons help educators equip their students with tools to evaluate and interpret the news and learn how to determine what news and other information to trust, share, and act on. Leading journalists, along with First Amendment and digital media experts, guide students through the platform’s interactive multimedia lessons. Students learn to categorize information, make and critique news judgments, explore how the press and citizens can each act as watchdogs, detect and categorize misinformation, interpret and apply the First Amendment, compare the ways different countries protect or restrict press freedom, identify logical fallacies and evaluate arguments, investigate the impact of personalization algorithms, and evaluate bias and learn about confirmation bias. A free basic account allows access to three foundational Checkology news literacy lessons for one-to-many delivery, as well as a preview of Premium teacher functionality and access to some teacher resources. Premium Access ($3 to $5/student) unlocks the complete lesson library and provides additional features, such as lesson plan customization, individual student logins, and teacher evaluation and feedback
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of
digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM
resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned
to the most in February.
The International Literacy Association 2019 Conference
How can educators and administrators create the environment students need to reach their full potential in the classroom and throughout their lives? By infusing literacy in every aspect of education! The ILA 2019 Conference is your chance to learn how to create and grow a thriving culture of literacy in your school, district, and community—one that not only inspires and empowers students and teachers, but also sets them up for greater success. ILA 2019 offers two full days of professional learning on the topics you want, delivered in a variety of styles; two optional additional days of deep-dive learning into children’s literature and today’s hottest literacy topics; and a well-rounded program of research-based and peer-reviewed sessions to help you empower your students and create an inclusive learning community. Visit ilaconference.org to register.
Fifty award-winning literacy educators contribute more than thirty-five “engagements”—student-focused, classroom-tested instructional and assessment actions—to strengthen the reader in every child, while reinforcing one essential fact: reading involves constructing meaning. Reading Revealed is organized in a four-part framework: Knowing Reading, Knowing Readers, Engaging Readers, and Knowing the Language to Use. Each engagement includes a brief introduction; Why?—benefits of the engagement; Who?—students that would benefit most from the engagement; How?—materials and instructions for effective implementation; Closure/SteppingBack—concluding the engagement; How’s It Going?—informal assessment; and Sources for more information. With helpful tips, photos, callouts for additional resources found at scholastic.com/ReadingRevealedResources, an appendix of forms, and lists of professional titles and children’s literature, Reading Revealed offers indispensable support for helping students approach reading strategically and joyfully.